Building Resilient Young People

Conversation | Ofa Foiakau | 23rd April 2020

“Resilience is to feel Connected, Protected and Respected.”

Resilient Youth Australia is helping create strong, resilient students, schools and communities. This not-for-profit movement was established with an innovative idea to measure student resilience in the school setting and since then has grown to 5 innovations.

1. Use practical measurement – the Resilient Survey allows student voices to capture student views about their lives which then assist in the improvement of classroom and wider school engagement.


2. Commit to a Process – The best way to develop a resilient school culture takes time, so it is important to be intentional and commit to a multi-year process. This process includes gathering knowledge (data); discussing ideas and settling on a plan (planning); rolling out the interventions (action).


3. Connected Protected Respected – This CPR model include many values, 4 essential ones being trust, forgiveness, integrity and compassion. These values are key to positive relations and the foundation for a resilient school culture.


4. Develop a resilient school culture – To increase resilience people need to powerfully connect with their family, school and community and uphold the golden rule “Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated”.


5. Integrate resilience into the Curriculum – Fostering resilience is strongly linked to improved academic outcomes. Resilient Youth has developed a Resilience Curriculum helping teachers and students with appropriate lessons within the CPR framework



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Ofa Foiakau is the Field Officer (Central/West), and responsible for youth/high school ministry as a part of the PULSE team.