The ECCE Community Resiliency Model is a research-based model of optimal community support for youth.
4 Youth Building Essentials (Engage – Connect – Challenge – Enrich) are based on20 Capacity Builders that meet the mental, physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and environmental needs of youth. This model optimizes a community’s ability to help youth grow their capacity to cope with stressful events and thrive.
ENGAGE: Hold a positive vision for youth and show them that they belong, are needed, and are appreciated.
1. Accepted – Strong sense of belonging in home, school, and the community and being affirmed for who he or she is.
2. Valued – Feels loved and is respected with open communication and meaningful opportunities to contribute.
3. Safe – Perceives physical and psychological safety, including strong boundaries and mental and physical health supports.
4. Involved – Strives to do well and spends three or more hours per week in fun and meaningful extra-curricular activities.
5. Hopeful – Feels he or she matters, can make a difference, and holds a positive personal vision one year or more into future.
CONNECT: Provide multi-layered and meaningful social and emotional connections.
6. Family Support – Family life provides high levels of connection, love, trust, and support.
7. Positive Friendships – Gives and receives empathy and support with two or more close, trusted friends.
8. School Support – Teachers, staff, and peers provide high levels of connection, care, and encouragement.
9. Trusted Mentors – In trusting relationship with three or more positive, responsible, caring non-parent adults.
10. Higher Power – Gains strength from a divine source, experiences a sense of love and unity, and participates in religious activities weekly.
CHALLENGE: Provide an environment that supports learning, enjoyment, growth and meaning.
11. Positive Self Expectations – Challenged to be authentic, love learning, grow self-efficacy, regulate emotions, and persist through adversity.
Positive Family Norms – Family sets high expectations, shares family stories, is involved in school, supports, and holds accountable.
13. Positive Peer Norms – Peers model responsible behavior, openly give and receive empathy, and set positive expectancy for growth.
14. Positive School Norms – School sets high expectations, provides individualized support, and enforces consequences without shame.
15. Positive Community Norms – Community sets high expectations for youth, monitors behavior, and provides role models and encouragement.
ENRICH: Support wholeness and opportunities to grow and share unique passions, talents, and skills.
16. Mentally Healthy – Mindful, curious, regularly disconnects from technology, reads for pleasure three hours or more per week.
17. Physically Healthy – Engages in sufficient sleep, healthy nutrition, physical activity, regular down time, and self-compassion.
18. Emotionally Healthy – Grateful, joyful, optimistic about personal future, and spends three or more hours per week in creative activities.
19. Spiritually Healthy –Open hearted, strong sense of self-worth, integrity and purpose, and spends 20 minutes or more per day in nature.
20. Contributing– Identifies unique strengths, values helping others, and serves in the community one hour or more per week.