Crafting Resilient Children by Venice R. Williams

The definitions of resilient I like working from are those given by the
Merriam-Webster dictionary:

a: capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture
b: tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

All of my 24 years of working in Milwaukee have been focused on children, youth and their families. Even when I did not realize it, or call it such, it has always been about crafting resilient children, families, communities. As the Education Services Coordinator for the Center for Resilient Cities,  I work with students, educators, parents and communities in understanding the seven crucial “Cs”, as outlined in Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, by Kenneth R. Ginsburg — competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control.  The Essential 2 questions are:

1.    Within our walls, do we believe in every young person unconditionally and hold them to high expectations?

  1. 2.  Do we sincerely believe that every child can succeed?

Junior Master Gardeners, photo courtesy of Outpost Natural Foods

The Center for Resilient Cities works with multiple schools in the City of Milwaukee, co-creating learning environments and/or implementing hands-on programming, with staff and parents, in an effort to foster resilience. We continue to build on the work we have been doing with Brown Street Academy, but also have started new collaborations with Samuel Clemens Elementary School and Highland Community School. We are also looking forward to our partnership with the new Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School, opening in August 2013.

Crafting Resilient Children
Parent Circles and Educator Workshops

What might a resilient child look like? Your child. Your student. The day of the care-free child has passed, and maybe never existed. Many of today’s children face multiple challenges and struggles. Raising resilient children, however, is possible, and can provide them with the tools they need to respond to the challenges of childhood, adolescence and young adulthood and to navigate successfully into adulthood. It takes time, care and attention. In our society, it also requires support for parents, teachers and other adults in a child’s life. CRAFTING RESILIENT CHILDREN Parent Circles and Educator Workshops, our newest school program, provides relevant ideologies, tools and skills for adults whose lives are interwoven with children. Two to six sessions, circles and workshops have been designed to help craft resilient children.

We all want our children to have what they need to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. The Center for Resilient Cities does sincerely believe that every child can succeed.  We are excited about our continued work in Milwaukee.

To learn more, please click here: Crafting Resilient Children.pdf

Fun, Food & Fitness Camp

Since Summer 2013, the Badger Rock Center has been home to Fun, Food & Fitness Camp, a 6-week, afternoons-only camp for middle schoolers that is an offering of Madison School & Community Recreation, the Badger Rock Neighborhood Center and Phitness Plus. During this healthy lifestyle program, students will work with nutrition experts to learn menu planning and meal preparation with an emphasis on using seasonal and locally grown produce whenever possible. MSCR and support staff will provide recreational activities and teach proper exercise to build resilient bodies.