#GivingTuesday 2023: Raising Resilience
UPDATE: Thanks to your support, we reached our initial $10,000 goal! Your generosity helps fund mental health interventions in underserved elementary schools--we trained 11 teachers to build resilience in their 200 students last school year, and plan to reach even more students this school year. Please help us reach our new goal of $15,000 by the end of the year to support our program's continued growth!
Children living below the poverty line are more likely to experience mental health issues and are less likely to receive care. RAB is dedicated to bringing our research-informed Resilience Builder Program-Universal™ directly to these students by partnering with underserved schools. Resilience enhances social connections, academic engagement, and helps mitigate the effects of anxiety and depression. By proactively building their resilience, children will grow into healthy adults.
Give the gift of resilience today:
$20 - Provides materials for one classroom. You provide materials (e.g. chart paper, sticky notes) that help our lessons come alive as students engage in hands-on learning.
$50 - Helps one child build resilience. You help a child learn to be a proactive leader, gain a sense of self-mastery, and strengthen their social connections; all of which enable them to bounce back from difficult experiences.
$100 - Provides one hour of teacher training. Once a teacher is fully trained in delivering our program, they are prepared to help their entire class build resilience. Their impact will continue to grow year after year.
$1000 - Helps an entire class build resilience. You help a class of 20 children increase both their resilience and academic engagement, setting them on the path to a healthy adulthood.
Each concept taught in our program is introduced with a short video. See what our students learn about recognizing and changing negative self-talk:
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."
From our teachers:
Lessons were easy to follow and "addressed student needs not typically addressed in most curriculum."
Students "were actually excited and looking forward to it when I would say it's time for a resilience lesson."
From our supporters:
"I think what makes it unique is the focus on resilience starting with young kids to try to PREVENT mental health problems from developing. I think the focus on learning skills to build resilience as opposed to therapeutically treating kids who already have anxiety and depression is the right focus. The idea of engaging educators, teachers and people in schools to deliver these educational therapeutic services at a young age to prevent psychiatric disease from occurring as opposed to what is often done which is to wait until the problems arise and then treat the problem."
About the Resilience Builder Program-Universal™ (RBP-U):
Our program brings a proactive mental health curriculum to students with demonstrated financial need. The Resilience Builder Program-Universal™ (RBP-U) is based on an evidence-based group therapy used successfully for decades in private practice and schools (Resilience Builder Program®). The RBP-U consists of 26, 15-minute lessons that teachers can flexibly weave into the school day. It teaches children important skills that research shows increase students’ resilience and academic engagement. These include leadership and communication skills, coping strategies for handling anxiety, frustration, and anger, and how to think flexibly and be proactive problem-solvers. Lessons are engaging and interactive to best teach students these practical skills. We provide teachers with training, step-by-step guides, videos that introduce key concepts, and other materials so that they can easily deliver each lesson. The RBP-U was developed by mental health experts in consultation with local teachers who identified which content and format would be most useful in serving their students. Our trained mental health providers are available to answer questions, support program implementation, and receive feedback.
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