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A Practice a Day Keeps the Trouble Away… Maybe?

Emily Kolodka Neuroscience Intern, The Avielle Foundation Biochemistry Junior, Middlebury College [email protected] Here at TAF, we’re committed to preventing violence and promoting brain health through research and community education. What goes into preventing violence, however, is more than… Read More

Tucson Art Show and Fundraiser

Arizona Avielle Foundation supporters – If you have a young artist, an appreciation of art, or want to help us prevent violence, build compassion, engage and educate communities, please support our Firefly Celebration of Art at the Gregory… Read More

Newtown Brain Health First Aid

Local TAF Friends, Here is another opportunity to attend a Youth Brain Health First Aid class, free of charge! These courses, provided in partnership between the Avielle Foundation and the Resiliency Center of Newtown, are intended to serve the… Read More

Avielle Foundation Firefly Newsletter 2015

It’s here, it’s finally here!         Dear TAF Supporters, We are so proud of the great success the Avielle Foundation has had thus far, in our nearly 3-year existence. We don’t take for granted what… Read More

It’s Giving Tuesday!

TAF supporters – please take a few minutes to help the Avielle Foundation today, Giving Tuesday. Here is how you can help: 1. DONATE! We are a grass-roots effort and the research we are funding, The Spark and Sodina… Read More

Ben’s Bells Science of Kindness Conference

2015 Science of Kindness Conference Ben’s Bells Project, in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children & Youth, presents the 2015 Kindness Conference: Building the Science of Kindness Together. The Science of Kindness Conference… Read More

Life is Good

Yesterday, the Avielle Foundation was lucky enough to meet with the Life is Good Playmakers. What a pleasure it is to meet with an organization whose sole purpose is spreading the power of optimism. Their vision is to create a world… Read More

Spark After School Program

We are very excited to introduce a pilot after school program brought to us by Cody Foss in partnership with Ben’s Lighthouse, the NYA Sports and Fitness, and The Avielle Foundation’s Spark Project.  Newtown Reed Intermediate School 5th and… Read More

Newtown Brain Health First Aid Course

TAF Friends, Here is another opportunity to attend a Youth Brain Health First Aid class, free of charge! Here is the skinny: 1. The next course is Saturday, September 19th – To sign up, simply RSVP using the form found… Read More

Imagine the Possibilities, Not a Tough SELL

Imagine if there were skills you could impart during childhood that would virtually guarantee your adulthood success. A way to make sure your future would be filled with health, wealth, and happiness. Imagine a world where the ‘bottom line’ would become… Read More

Honoring the Past, Paving the Way Into the Future

We all face adversity to different degrees throughout our lives. Some of these experiences are small and easily managed, while others are quite substantial and profoundly life-changing. Indeed it is how we face and embrace them that shapes… Read More

Brain Health First Aid

TAF Friends, We are excited to offer Youth Brain Health First Aid classes, free of charge, to the Newtown and surrounding community. Here is the skinny: 1. The next course is July 11th – To sign up, simply… Read More

What’s Your Story?

My name is Cary DeYoung and I am a Newtown High School Senior here in Sandy Hook, CT. For the past year and a half I have had the pleasure to intern at the Avielle Foundation. During this… Read More

In My Mind

Hi Friends of the Avielle Foundation! This is a message coming from our very own Ace Robinson: The LGBT People of Color Behavioral Health Conference Examining Our Challenges Healing for Our Strengths will be held in NYC on… Read More


As announced in the New England Journal of Medicine, we are excited to be a part of the Curry College Criminal Justice Program’s New Directions in Violence Prevention conference on Tuesday, May 12th. Come support us (1071 Blue… Read More

Team Mud for Brains 2015

Thank you Tough Mudder for making this wonderful video and sharing it with your followers. If anyone is interested in joining The Avielle Foundation’s Mud for Brains Tough Mudder team, message us at [email protected] Post by Tough Mudder.

On Being Human(e)

The Avielle Foundation has had the honor to work with youth across our country — They never fail to inspire and amaze us. We must not forget that our future depends on their imagination and inspiration.  A few… Read More

Support TAF’s Inspiring Athletes

The Avielle Foundation is fortunate to have such amazing grass-roots support — From children to small business owners, parents, teachers, and kindhearted visionaries of all makes and models who find the most creative ways to fund-raise and support the Foundation…. Read More

Newtown Labor Day Parade

The Avielle Foundation would like to invite you to a special event! WHAT:  The Newtown Labor Day Parade WHEN:  Monday, September 1st, 2014 from 9am-2pm WHERE:  Newtown, CT   Hello Avielle Foundation Family, We would like to send… Read More

Our First PSA

The Avielle Foundation has been fortunate to have a number of amazing high school neuroscience interns. Working with these amazing minds has been such a gift for us. While we teach and explore with them the wonders of… Read More

Brain Health: Making the Invisible Visible

VIOLENCE AND GENDER Volume 1, Number 2, 2014 (C) Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/vio.2014.0017 PERSPECTIVE Making the Invisible Visible: New Perspectives on Brain Health Jeremy G Richman, Ph.D. and Jennifer L. Hensel, MS The brain is just… Read More

From Brain Health to Violence Prevention

We are excited to introduce you to one of our new partners and a new project — Mary Ann Liebert, Inc and their new peer-reviewed, open-access scientific publication Violence and Gender. We have included below a perspective we… Read More

Mud for Brains

Help support Team Mud For Brains! Team Mud for Brains consists of a group of 10 fun loving, challenge seeking people running the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow Vermont on May 31st. We are running for the Avielle Foundation… Read More

We Speak Up for Kids…

Dear friends, This May, the Avielle Foundation joins the Child Mind Institute (CMI) and their Speak Up for Kids campaign.  Below is a short editorial we wrote to promote the great work the CMI does and to speak up: The… Read More

The Foundry Kitchen and Tavern – Thank You!

Our first Newtown and Sandy Hook event for the Avielle Foundation was held at the Foundry Kitchen in Tavern this past Monday, April 21st.  Although we have been operating in an official capacity for 16 months, we felt… Read More

Update on the Scientific Front

The Avielle Foundation is committed to advancing brain health research to prevent violence. This is done through raising awareness of the need for this kind of research within the scientific community; advocating for increased funding for research; and… Read More

TAF Gala Fundraiser at the Foundry Kitchen and Tavern

If you can find your way to Sandy Hook the evening of Monday, April 21st, please come and have some fun supporting the Avielle Foundation.   Sign up soon – Space is limited and filling up fast !… Read More

Crisis Intervention Training in Berkshire County

This past Friday, March 21st The Avielle Foundation had the opportunity to take part in a crisis intervention training course offered in Western Massachusetts at the Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.  Dr. Jeremy Richman, CEO of the Aviell… Read More

It’s Brain Awareness Week!

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) occurs each March and is an international campaign to highlight the benefits of brain research.  This year BAW is March 10-16.  This is a great time to educate yourself on all things brain. Organizers… Read More

The 16th Annual Donohue Party

If you are in the area, celebrate St Patrick’s Day and support the Avielle Foundation!                                      The Fainting Goat is located… Read More

The Firefly Newsletter

Dear Friends of The Avielle Foundation, It is with great joy and excitement that we present you with our very first newsletter, The Firefly.  We want to sincerely thank you.  Without grass root support we would not have… Read More

Avielle’s Carnival

We are excited to have our fantastic San Diego crew putting their amazing minds together to help the Avielle Foundation prevent violence through community engagement and education.  You may have seen it on our Events page (, we… Read More

Denver Brainstorming 5K – Thanks!

The Avielle Foundation’s first ever and first annual Brainstorming 5K was successfully held on August 25th, 2013. Approximately 350 people ran, walked, and rallied for brain health and collectively, we raised awareness and over $15,000 in funds. The… Read More

Newtown Parade

We march for Avielle We march for Brain Health We march for Community We march for our Children We march to Heal We march to Remember     Thanks to all for marching with us!

Brainstorming for Brain Health

The Avielle Foundation is teaming with Phoenix 999 and The Rebels Project, support groups formed after the Columbine High School and Aurora movie theater tragedies, to host the first annual Brainstorming 5K. The event, which consists of a run, walk and rally… Read More

Breasts, Meet Brains – The New Kid on the Block

By Anneliese Dickman                                                                      … Read More