Fostering School-Wide Resilience:

Resilience for Youth

What is the Resilience for Youth Program? 

We’ve identified four sources of resilience that help every person in a school – students, teachers, and staff – identify where resilience is found and how to access it.  Taken from WhyTry Founder Christian Moore’s renowned book The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action, the strategies in this engaging new program will transform the way you and your students view life’s challenges. 


Resilience for Youth uses the same multisensory approach as the WhyTry Program – learning activities, journal activities that help students reflect on program concepts, music, video, and other multimedia. The curriculum engages all major learning styles (visual, auditory, and body-kinesthetic). 

Implementation Examples

Because of the variety of multisensory tools the program uses to illustrate the concepts in each unit, Resilience for Youth is flexible. Program concepts can be effectively taught in an hour-long small group session or in a ten-minute homeroom environment. 

We recommend implementing Resilience for Youth as part of: 

  • Homerooms
  • College and career prep
  • Leadership classes
  • Student success
  • Tier 1 interventions
  • School-wide resilience initiatives
  • After-school programs

WhyTry programs are led by thousands of professionals around the world:

  • Teachers and special ed instructors
  • School counselors and psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Probation officers
  • Corrections staff
  • After-school mentors

6 Units

The Resilience for Youth program uses a multisensory learning approach to teach the skills of resilience to students of all learning types. This approach includes the use of a series of visual analogies to illustrate each unit in the curriculum. 


Professional Development

The Resilience for Youth Training can help teachers, administrators, and other youth advocates create a culture of resilience in their school or setting.

Find a training near you 

What’s the difference between the WhyTry Program and the Resilience for Youth Program? Use the chart below to know how to get started:

Whytry Program web


RFY logo web

Helps to motivate and re-engage students who may be struggling with challenges at home and in school Mission / Purpose Focus on the building blocks of resilience for all students

Tier 2 and Tier 3 focus, applicable in Tier 1 RTI Focus  Tier 1 focus, applicable in Tier 2 and Tier 3

10 Core Units
Implementation Varies


6 Core Units
Implementation Varies

WhyTry is proven effective at increasing student resilience, motivating unmotivated students, increasing GPA, reducing dropout rates, improving social emotional health and reducing bullying and violent behavior. Benefits for students Resilience for Youth helps all students learn where resilience comes from, and how to strengthen their ability to access resilience and inner motivation in moments of difficulty and trial.

You can begin with a FREE introduction webinar and sample lesson.  Sign up for an event in your area or contact us at 866-949-8791

Getting Started

You can begin with a FREE introduction webinar and sample lesson.  Sign up for an event in your area or contact us at 866-949-8791



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  • “EVERY PERSON, man, women and child should be REQUIRED to go through your program in order to go through life… If we can do this program everywhere, in every school, we would be spending much less money and resources on prisons, youth detention and alternative schools. The teachers need it as much as the youth.” -Jill Porter, Probation Officer, New York
  • “Everyone has learned to communicate with one another, how to express themselves, how to be understood, and how to understand. A lot of it starts in the lessons, but it carries over into the ongoing daily presence throughout the schools.” –Kim Miles, director of secondary education, Wicomico County Schools, Maryland

Resilience in Education Matters.

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