Learn the 7 Cs of Resilience

The Building Blocks of Resilience

Although simply stated, building and fostering resilience in our community takes a bit more work. That is where the 7 Cs of Resilience come into play. Pediatrician and human development expert Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is credited with this concept, in which there are “7 integral and interrelated components that make up being resilient: Connection, Coping, Confidence, Competence, Contribution, Character, and Control.” These are often referred to as “the essential building blocks of resilience.”


Fostering a sense of belonging and strengthening ties with good friends, caring family members, schools, and communities to provide youth with a sense of security.


Teaching a variety of stress-reduction skills and social skills so youth can cope with the stresses of everyday life to cope more effectively and be better prepared to overcome future challenges.


Helping youth enhance self-confidence by identifying their individual strengths so they can realize their potential and can demonstrate competence in real-life scenarios.


Teaching youth to know how to handle stress in an effective manner, boosting confidence, self-esteem, and feelings of capability. Often, increased competence will encourage individuals to try new experiences outside of their comfort zones.


Allowing youth to explore how they matter and can take part in the world around them to build a sense of gratitude.


Helping youth find a sense of self-worth and confidence by helping them learn their values and stick to them.


Teaching youth that they do have control over their choices and actions and how that can determine the results of a given situation.

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