Resilience in Youth


Some children achieve success, despite severely adverse circumstances including poverty, fragmented family life, illness, stress and other social and physical challenges. They are able to function well and develop into successful learners and productive citizens. These children are often called “resilient”.

What are the factors that contribute to resiliency? Understanding what makes a child resilient is important for individuals and for society at large.

British Columbia is one of ten provinces/territories that participated in the National Dialogue on Resilience in Youth, a provincial/territorial project to generate interest in strategies that support resilience in youth, led by The Learning Partnership. The project was designed to raise awareness, highlight best practices, and increase public engagement and knowledge exchange through provincial/territorial dialogues among a diverse group of stakeholders, culminating in a national conference in Winnipeg on November 17-19, 2008.

View the final report for the National Dialogue on Resilience in Youth on The Learning Partnership website.