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#GivingTuesday 2021: Building Resilience Together

We believe that when mental wellness is prioritized, children can fully unleash their potential and everyone benefits. You can help us increase access to mental health interventions for children in underserved elementary schools so they have the resilience skills they need to weather life’s storms. Are you ready to change a life?

$45 - Provides a program support session for one teacher. These regular check-ins give teachers a chance to discuss program implementation with a trained clinical psychologist to ensure the best possible experience for students.

$65 - Helps one child build resilience. You help a child learn to be a proactive leader, gain a sense of self-mastery, strengthen their social connections, and allow them to bounce back from difficult experiences.

$175 - Provides one hour of teacher training. Once teachers are fully trained in delivering our program, they are prepared to help their entire class build resilience. Each year, that teacher's impact will grow.

To learn more about Resilience Across Borders, watch this brief welcome message from our founder, Dr. Mary Alvord:

Since our start in 2015, we've supported 200 students in small, targeted groups. We are expanding our reach to entire 5th grade cohorts at multiple schools, increasing our impact exponentially!

From our students: The most helpful thing I learned was...

"How to control my anger and how to start up conversations."

"To not react without thinking of the consequences."

"To calm myself down."

"How to be assertive and how to solve a problem."

"Being proactive and being empathetic."

"How to have a proactive mindset and how to deal with stress and anger."

Other ways to get involved:

  • Share. Resilience is the result of a combination of protective factors, including strong social support. This November, let’s all build our #resilience by thanking those who have helped us feel connected, supported, and ready to take on any challenge. Share a message, memory, photo, or just say #ThankYouForBeingThere on social media. #Gratitude #MentalHealth #GivingTuesday
    Be sure to mention us on Twitter @ResilienceXBdrs or on Facebook @ResilienceAcrossBorders!

  • Volunteer. Please email us at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering or writing a guest post on our blog. Some current ways you can share your talents include:
    1. Educators or curriculum writers who can lend additional expertise to the review of our newly adapted program. The more feedback we have from teachers, the stronger our program will be!
    2. People who are bi/multilingual who can help with translations of our parent newsletters. That way every parent will be well-informed of what their child is learning and have the opportunity to help build their child's resilience skills at home.

  • Advocate. When you spread the word about our mission and programs, you broaden our community. Together, we can reduce barriers and increase access to mental health resources for all children and adolescents. If you feel comfortable, sharing stories of your own struggles or reaching out to someone you think may need support can help reduce the stigma of mental illness.