Middle School

A Middle School Camp Experience

Problem

A rural county with a high poverty rate was applying for a grant to conduct a Teen Leadership Camp. The grant provider required a pre and post measure of camp participants in order to make sure the money was being used for the purposes the grant specified.  The leadership measures available did not meet the needs of the camp designers. The target population was sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who could would attend camp for three years and at the current time had no identifiable skills in leadership. Before leadership skills could be realized, the campers needed to develop self-confidence, perseverance, and connect with an authentic purposeful dream. The camp designers approached The Resilience Center because of the five core characteristics measured by the Resilience Scale© and because they had read it had been called the “Gold Standard” of resilience measures. It matched their needs.

Intervention

The Resilience Center worked with the grant writers to find a way to administer the True Resilience Scale© to about forty campers before and after the camp experience. We also helped them tie activities at camp to each of the five core characteristics of resilient people. Because the intervention was short and the tool is a very stable instrument, we encouraged them to follow each camper throughout their middle school years and beyond to determine if there was lasting effect of the camp experience.

Tools

The Resilience Center provided:

  • Licensing to use the True Resilience Scale© for one to three years for up to fifty youth per year.
  • Professional Development for camp counselors in how to assess and strengthen their own resilience.
  • Pre-and post-intervention assessment and analysis.

 

 

We are able to customize training to meet the needs of adults who work with youth. Our training facilitator has over thirty years of experience working with youth in various settings.   

Middle School Students

Problem

The entire school district in a large city was put on “need of improvement status” and was able to apply for funding to address the problems. They decided to increase graduation rates and enrollment in secondary education. They believed that their students would benefit from social-emotional skill building including increasing their resilience in the face of adversity.

Intervention

The Resilience Center worked with local teachers to adapt a middle school curriculum to feature regional and culturally appropriate role models and customize activities and stories within the lessons for their specific population. Middle school teachers in each school were taught how to assess and strengthen their own resilience first and then how to teach the adapted curriculum to their students for optimal effect. Students are being followed for seven years with their resilience capacity being measured at various intervals.

Tools

The Resilience Center provided:

  • The online True Resilience Scale, True Resilience Profile as a baseline measure to approximately 3000 participating teachers and students.
  • Pre-and post-intervention assessment and analysis.
  • The online True Resilience Support Scale and Supports Profile, which were used as an initial intervention and on-going guide for resilience building for youth.
  • True Resilience for Kids curriculum Level I (grade seven), and Level II (grade eight).
  • True Resilience for Teens curriculum used by high school students.

We offer a comprehensive program in Professional Development and a ready-made curricular intervention for youth that is based on over 25 years of research and proven to be effective in increasing resilience in youth over time.