What we do:
Nearly 25% of children and adolescents meet criteria for a mental health disorder and only 20% of these children are able to receive the care that they need. Decades of research shows that early intervention is key for these youth. At Resilience across Borders, Inc., we seek to change this troubling historical pattern. We are a non-profit organization that strives to provide high-quality and accessible mental health care across all youth.
Why we do it:
We know that mental health status is associated with academic achievement, graduation rates, risk taking, and delinquency. Therefore, we want to help youth build self-control and resilience, or the ability to adapt to life and overcome its challenges. Our interventions focus on these two targets because they have shown to contribute to youth’s emotional and physical well-being and a healthy transition into adulthood.
How we do it:
We have implemented our interventions across a wide range of settings, including schools and mental health clinics. We have multiple ongoing collaborations within our community. To maximize the reach of our interventions and to serve those who need it most, we train the staff at their respective institutions on delivering evidence-based psychological treatments.
At every step, we provide one-on-one mentorship and professional development resources to students, interns, and junior colleagues who share the values of Resilience across Borders, Inc.
We use research to inform the current state of knowledge on the best practices to develop, build, and maintain resilience and self-control among children, adolescents, and young adults. We are actively collecting data from youth, parents, and educators to continuously assess and refine our intervention. As an important part of research, our objective is to spread the word on our findings and build upon our work. Our resilience program has been featured on NPR, you can read the article HERE .