Roots of Resilience is a campaign which empowers the Kansas City Northland to nurture all kids so that they can grow up healthy and resilient. Roots of Resilience is a collaboration between the Northland community anti-drug coalitions including Northland Coalition, Liberty Alliance for Youth, Excelsior Springs SAFE, Kearney-Holt CAN, Smithville CIA, Park Hill CAFY, and Ray County Coalition.
What is Resilience?
Resilience is the ability to recover from difficulties. Resilience in children is built in part by having strong connections to caring adults. Every one of us has the power to help kids in our lives build resilience, so that they can grow up healthy and safe.
Childhood Stress and Trauma
Have you heard of the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study? Research shows that ACES, such as abuse, neglect, loss of a parent, or dysfunction at home, can affect brain and body development. This can have a lifelong impact on physical, mental, and emotional health and behavior.
ACES are very common. Almost 2/3 of the population have at least one ACE. There is a lot of amazing research being done about ACES and Resilience. One important thing for everyone to know is that we can all make a difference in buffering the effects of ACES in kids' lives.
When a child is surrounded by loving adults to buffer stress and trauma, the child is more likely to be able to bounce back from the trauma. However, childhood trauma that is not buffered by the presence of a caring adult, is more likely to lead to damaging effects on kids' behavior, health, and learning throughout life.
How Can I Help?
Everyone can help buffer the effects of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and toxic stress in kids' lives. Research shows that the presence of a caring adult can minimize the effects of toxic stress. You can actually help kids' brain development and physical and emotional health simply by connecting with them and caring for them.