Anthem Angel Award Winner
CEO and Founder, Larry Brunson first conceived of an intervention process to treat this disparity in 2008. He founded Advocating Children to Succeed in 2015. Designed to decrease youth violence and increased incarceration, the structure of ACTS provides individualized treatment to subjects who have experienced toxic stress: physical, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Students ACTS work with, typically, are displaced to irregular schedules. The school system, through private cooperative efforts, has been integrated and conducts its own part in the outcomes we seek through this program.
ACTS successfully leads youth toward personal goals and offers of employment through our various partnering relationships, which include Microsoft, Prime Carwash, Animal Control Services (IACS), Goodwill Industries, Kroger, and Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful. In 2015, CEO Brunson received a special “Volunteer of the Year” award as part of his work at Coburn Place, a domestic violence shelter for women and children. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield recognized and honored ACTS with an Anthem Angel Award “for hard work and community commitment” (2016).
ACTS services are designed to decrease youth violence and mass incarceration, through providing trauma informed directed mentoring and coaching and individualized treatment to males (ages 12-17) who have experienced mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges. These same youths have been displaced to a home-bound or half-day school schedule.