The Martinsburg Initiative

  • What is the Martinsburg Initiative?

    The Martinsburg Initiative (TMI) is an innovative and holistic police-school-community partnership. The program focuses on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to create a trauma informed community working to build resilience in children so they are less likely to succumb to scientific research predictions.

    Partnership between Berkeley County Schools, Martinsburg Police Department, Shepherd University and community organizations including The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, and the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

    Grant obtained through Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through The University of Baltimore received by Berkeley County Schools.


  • Advocate for children with high ACE scores.

    Coordinate with community agencies, city schools and families to connect individuals with the services they need to succeed.

    Educate our community about the ACE study and the impact trauma has on our public health and education systems.

How Do I Get Involved?

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Upcoming Events

  • January 15, 2019 Yoga in the Classroom

    January 16, February 13, and March 13, 2019 (Attendance to all 3 dates is mandatory) Nurtured Heart Approach

    January 22, 2019 Resilience Documentary Screening

    January 29, 2019 Trauma Informed Strategies for De-Escalation

    February 5, 2019 Trauma Sensitive Classroom

    February 11, 2019 Self-Care for Educators

    February 19, 2019 Burlington Foster Kid for A Day

    February 26, 2019 Frameworks that Foster Resilience

    March 5, 2019 Secondary Traumatic Stress

    April 2, 2019 Paper Tigers Documentary Screening