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Resilient Yolo's Working Definition of Resilience:


Resilience is the capacity to experience adversity and draw support and/or strength from the environment where you find yourself (Beno, Fauver, Hunter, Roberts, Souza & Young, 2018).

Resilient Yolo Research Project

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During the spring of 2018, the Resilient Yolo collaborative organized and jointly funded a research project aimed at understanding how to better serve Yolo County’s students and their families. Data was gathered from two sources:

1) literature in academic journals; and

2) six focus groups conducted by the Hanover Research Firm (i.e., one each with systems-involved youth, pregnant and parenting teens, youth who have faced adverse childhood events (ACEs), out-of-school service providers, school-based service providers, and caregivers).

Data gathered will help inform future service planning and delivery, and ensure that Yolo County builds on the strengths of their families and youth.

Literature Review:
Building a Resilient Yolo team members attended a retreat to review literature related to building resilience through schools and communities. We set out to create a working definition of resilience (see left hand column), and to learn about specific strategies and programs developed in the United States and other parts of the world to enhance resilience. The invaluable information gained is directly informing our journey to build a more Resilient Yolo. In the document below, we synthesized the literature we reviewed and highlighted essential topics that emerged.

Focus Groups:
The Hanover Research firm conducted six focus groups in Yolo County; focus group participants included: systems-involved youth, pregnant and parenting teens, youth who have faced adverse childhood events (ACEs), out-of-school service providers, school-based service providers, and caregivers. Data gathered is informing service planning and delivery, and helping our group ensure that Yolo County builds on the strengths of their families and youth. Key findings and recommendations from the focus groups are described in the document below.

Youth Focus Group Key Findings

Key Findings from Youth Focus Groups

Caregiver Focus Group Key Findings

Key Findings from Caregiver Focus Groups