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A Whole Lotta Resources to Build and Strengthen Resilience

"Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up."

-Mary Holloway

What Is This Resilience Buzzword Anyway?


Resilience is the ability and tendency to bounce back from adversity, unfortunate circumstances, tragedies, threats and other significant sources of stress. It includes adaptability, flexibility, and constant evolving. The recovery that occurs in this phenomenon is similar to the spring of a rubber band and a person's ability to bounce back after a jarring setback. 

We are living in an uncertain and challenging time and the ability to be resilient is impossible if we are not equipped with tools, resources, emotional awareness, support and community.

At Quartz Wellness Collective, we aim to empower our community with the awareness, care and compassion to overcome challenges,  trauma, maximize on our strengths and live flourishing lifestyles marked by mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, professional, social and financial fulfillment.

With today's politically charged and racially divisive climate, mental health is of utmost importance--especially when you're a parent trying to help children process everything that's going on.

This newsletter will provide resources on how to become more resilient, cope with the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as tips on explaining racism to children.

 
How Harlem Children's Zone and Dr. Achil Petit are Raising Resilient Kids
In the spirit of resilience and sharing resources that help our community, we are featuring the work of Harlem Children's Zone and Dr. Achil Petit. Harlem Children's Zone has a disruptive educational model commonly known as the "whole student, whole community" approach to developing the character of their student beyond academics. The Whole Student Whole Community approach is simply a student-centered model that emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school to enhance academic performance. 

Dr. Achil Petit is the Superintendent of Harlem Children's Zone. He has developed a reputation for moving the academic needle for students who were performing significantly below grade level. He is passionate about whole student whole community development. Dr. Petit is not only doing the work during school hours, he is also a father continuing the work at home behind closed doors. 

Want to learn more? You can watch my interview with Dr. Petit HERE.
Igniting the Resilience to Rise Above Racism
Previously, I shared information on The Power of Positive Parenting with the hope that you will gain the tools you need to succeed during these difficult times. I am including more parenting resources this week specifically dedicated to talking to your children about racism.  

Talking to kids about racism and violence is difficult, but it’s also necessary. Resilience is not limited to being strong and the ability to bounce back, it includes finding the tools and resources to support you. 

Here are some resources that will help you give voice to and answer questions your children may be asking: 

  • Our panel discussion to help children and parents process and discuss positive and productive ways we can move forward from the pain and trauma we are experiencing Watch the replay of Thriving While Black
  • Child Mind Institute Today offers advice on How to Handle the News. Also listen to a Candid Conversation on helping children build resilience and manage anxiety
  • YWCA has a Youtube video repository  
  • My Instagram social media post on great books to help teach your children about race and injustice
  • Homeschooling Resources:   
    • Check out our Homework to Homeschool Panel Discussion with Pro Homeschooling Parents Unique Matthews and Sierra Taylor and our beloved team member, Productivity Coach, Rose-Ann Uwague
    • Good Books to read including “Through Our Eyes” by Thriving While Black speaker, Joseph Edelin  
    • K12 powered online private schools and courses provide high-quality curricula with support from teachers, counselors, and academic coaches to help students reach their full potential. Learn more here
"Grit is passion or perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in and day out--not just for a day, not just for a month, but for years--to make that future a reality."
-Angela Lee Duckworth
Grit by Angela Duckworth is a great read or listen!
Angela Duckworth is a pioneering psychologist who shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

She gives a first-person account of her research with teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. 
Here are some additional resources on raising resilient children and information for parents on bouncing back during hard times:
  • If your child is constantly worrying about the future, becoming overly anxious about life in general or needs constant reassurance, check out this article from GoZenRead the full article here
  • Parents can help kids and teens build resilience during difficult times by being intentional and creating strategy. Psychology Today offers tips in this article
  • Your ability to cope and show signs of resilience is a great way for children to develop the skill. This article from Mindful.org provides tips on How to Be A Resilient Parent Read more here
Exciting News!
As some of you may now, I am a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner and Positive Education Specialist and I am passionate about the focus of Positive Parenting. As the summer comes to an end, we are still navigating this new normal. I know, it's tough. But you got this and I am always willing to share some tips, resources and guides on how to thrive despite it all, now and for years to come. 
 

I am proud to announce that I am working as consultant and business coach with the Institute for Educational Leadership to provide instructional design and coaching for their 9 month AEA Youth Entrepreneurship Program. I have also been creating youth empowerment workshops for the YWCA, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Arthritis Foundation and Australia AIME to name a few.

Please feel free to contact me to let me know how I can support you or your organization. For those of you who need support creating your new normal, finding ways to cope during these challenging times, starting or growing your business, or pivoting in your career, I, Amber, offer one-on-one Life, Career, and Business Coaching. You can learn more about my services HERE and sign up for a free 15 minute introduction call HERE.


Positively,

Amber Lee Forrester
Quartz Wellness Collective Founder
Certified Life, Career, & Business Coach
@theflowcoach @quartzwellness
917-407-3048

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This newsletter was written by Rose-Anne Uwague, Life Coach and Project Manager

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