Ahrens: Climbing back: Resilient Payne County aims to elevate the way young people respond to trauma

 

Resilience – we're not born with it, but we learn as we grow. It's how we respond to traumatic, negative or adverse events that happen to us, and it shapes how we'll respond to them in the future, regardless of their significance.

A new group, Resilient Payne County, was formed in June 2017 hoping to bring out that trait in people in order to build for a better future. The group's youth mentoring arm partnered with Oklahoma State's Department of Wellness and Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma to host an event Saturday morning that included rock climbing and speakers at the Colvin Recreational Center.

"Saturday's event is designed to be a fun event where children grades fourth through ninth will learn about rock climbing, resiliency and nutrition," said Youth Mentoring Chair Alberto Gallardo. 

 "Why climbing? Climbing teaches children to problem solve, to set and achieve goals, to see life from a different perspective, not to mention that improves their self-esteem, confidence and resiliency."

Gallardo said community support has been great in RPC's brief history as it tries to help build for a better Payne County in the future. Pertaining to children, RPC uses ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), the science behind attempting to understand how resiliency and trauma can affect people as children and later in life, as a foundation on why its looking to prepare children to be resilient as life goes on.

To read the rest of the article by Tim Ahrens in the Stillwater News Press, click here.

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