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Building Resiliency in Youth

A Handbook

  • Contains an approach that builds on students' existing strengths.
  • Provides specific activities to use with young people that will help build their resiliency.
  • Encourages the use of affirmation and inspiration that solidifies learning.
  • Shows the power of the positive relationship-a reminder of the effectiveness of mentoring.

Building Resiliency in Youth is written for all people who work with youth. includes a brief explanation of the concept of resiliency, an outline of the factors that help to build resiliency and practical ways of nurturing resiliency behaviours. Also included are activities designed to assist the planning and implementation of resiliency-building practices. Much of the material is drawn from overseas sources and adapted to the New Zealand context.

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Ages: 13-17 | Pages: 40 | Code: 0147 | ISBN: 9781877300363

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Ian Thurlow

Ian Thurlow is a former teacher and principal in primary and intermediate schools. He is an experienced workshop facilitator, and has worked in life skills education as national director for Lions-Quest Life Skills for a number of years. He is currently the School Attendance Officer for Rangiora High School, and is working as a practitioner in the art of energy healing. Ian can be contacted at:

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Jim Peters

Jim Peters is a former secondary school teacher, counsellor and principal. He has had a long association with groups concerned with at-risk youth and was a founding member of the Youth Mentoring Trust. He has been involved with alternative education and with several community and school-based programmes in South Auckland, New Zealand.


4 Preface
5 Introduction
Who are "the youth"?
Why is understanding resiliency useful to youth
development work?
Resiliency defined
Hallmarks of resiliency
Resiliency building
Characteristics of resilient youth
Resiliency in a cross-cultural context
9 Factors that build resiliency
Protective factors
The self-esteem factor
17 Creating an environment to minimise risk and foster resiliency
Common risk factors for New Zealand youth
A resiliency building environment for youth
20 The Resiliency Wheel
25 A tool to assess resiliency needs
Assessment of protective factors that build resiliency
28 Getting on with the job of helping young people
Four steps to foster resiliency
Key resiliency messages for adults who work with youth
Case study: a young person bounces back
Resilient youth-what can they teach us?
Mentoring for resiliency
The role of the "significant adult" mentor
Techniques for building resiliency
Life skills resources as tools for developing resiliency
A concluding reflection
40 References and further resources