Resilient Midlands

Addressing Childhood Trauma

United Way created Resilient Midlands (formerly Resilient Richland) as a coalition of public and private agencies that recognized the impact of trauma on children and families and committed to a collective response.
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Why focus on childhood trauma?

Trauma experienced during childhood impairs development, and its harmful effects can last a lifetime. The early experience of trauma is more common than people think and has a tremendous cost to our community. 

We can help prevent trauma. But we must first acknowledge it exists. 

Resilient Midlands aims to reduce the stigma of trauma and equip individuals and organizations with information and skills to build resilience among children and youth. 

Join us.

Contact Andre Goodman at 803.733.5417 to find out other ways you can get involved.

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What's your ACE Score? (And your Resilience Score?)

An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. Your Resilience score is how you tally the positive experiences in early life that can help build resilience and protect you from the effects of trauma.

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What is Resilient Midlands?

Resilient Midlands is a coalition of agencies throughout the Midlands working hard to create awareness of the lingering effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and reduce constant exposure to toxic stress that negatively impacts childhood development. It is our mission to offset complex trauma by building resilience in our communities, that ability to overcome adversity despite the difficulty.

Human Trafficking Awareness

United Way’s Youth and Resiliency Training Series continues with Human Trafficking Awareness Training, designed to introduce the issue of human trafficking and provide trainees with information on types of trafficking, tactics, indicators, etc.

Led by Elizabeth Rummel, Anti-Human Trafficking Trainer for RCCASA.

Family Engagement Series

Over a series of five weekly meetings, Triple P* trained staff will provide simple and practical parenting strategies to build strong, healthy family environments, and encourage parents to share their experiences and expertise with each other.

Youth Outreach

Juvenile Justice Jeopardy

Juvenile Justice (JJJ) is an interactive game played just like the television show that is meant to test the knowledge of middle/high-school aged kids (12 -18) on street laws that pertain to them. The information and scenarios help youth navigate interactions with their peers as well as law enforcement to encourage positive outcomes. The goal is to engage kids in important conversation about the juvenile justice system and help them gain a better understanding of their rights by sharing strategies that discourages negative consequences.

Take another look

First Sergeant Shawn McDaniels talks about his own experience with childhood trauma. Through Resilient Midlands, McDaniels is helping to train Richland County Sheriffs and School Resource Officers to look at misbehavior in a more thoughtful, holistic way so that they can address the real source of the problem.

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