Alaska Resilience Initiative
One collaborative effort Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) is leading is the Alaska Resilience Initiative. The Alaska Resilience Initiative (ARI) is a network of nonprofit, tribal and state government organizations, schools, businesses and community coalitions working to solve complex social problems and promoting a healthy, just and resilient Alaska. You can read more about ARI and how to get involved at www.akresilience.org.
The Alaska Resilience Initiative's shared goal
Mobilizing Alaska to end child maltreatment, intergenerational and systemic trauma through healing and strategic advocacy.
What the Alaska Resilience Initiative does
As a collective impact effort and movement-builder, the Alaska Resilience Initiative (ARI) serves an umbrella role for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma and resilience work in Alaska – supporting and bringing together those doing the work. Their work, encapsulated by the roles of connector, catalyst/convener and advocate, takes shape in a shared process through the voices of all involved.
Connectors. ARI serves a networking function, connecting communities and organizations with one another. Rather than reinventing the wheel, they share tools and resources via email, presentations, one-on-one and through this website. They support a cohort of trauma and resilience trainers, and connect them with organizations and schools to present tailored, scientifically accurate, compelling information. ARI also supports the work of community coalitions that are testing trauma reduction and resilience promotion strategies in their communities, and helping bring their test strategies to scale statewide.
Conveners and catalysts. ARI brings people together for collective and strategic visioning, planning and cross-sector organizing. They work with other groups to organize gatherings and speak publicly to build awareness. Each month, ARI convenes the ARI steering committee, a small group representing all sectors and regions in Alaska that provides vision and guidance on everything from initiative structure to urgent policy issues. They also convene three workgroups, which meet monthly to prioritize and move forward efforts in the areas of communication, trauma-informed change and policy. Read more about ARI's workgroups and get involved.
Advocates. As a network with both grassroots and grass-tops members, ARI is uniquely positioned to educate and advocate on key policy issues affecting child maltreatment, intergenerational and systemic trauma, well-being and resilience. The policy workgroup drives long-term advocacy work.
What the Alaska Resilience Initiative doesn’t do
ARI’s work is not intended to replace or replicate the efforts of other communities, organizations, schools, tribes and coalitions that are working toward similar goals. Rather, they strive to bring together and support existing efforts by serving an umbrella function and by using a collective impact approach.
A pilot for movement-building
ARI is one of 14 communities in the U.S. chosen by the Health Federation of Philadelphia, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Endowment, for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) grant. These 14 communities were chosen to pilot and teach others about movement-building related to trauma and resilience.
ACEs and Resilience resources available through ACT:
Paper Tigers, directed by James Redford, is an exciting new documentary that shows the level of impact trauma-informed practices can have on our children and youth. Set in Walla Walla, Washington, it follows the lives of multiple students from an impoverished area as they attend alternative school that has begun to promote resiliency in youth. Paper Tigers looks at real life examples on how we can help our children heal from trauma and how healing is ultimately a more effective and cheaper response than punishment. The film is rates PG-13 for Adult Langue and Content. Check out the trailer for the movie.
The movie Resilience, directed by the same team that brought us Paper Tigers, is a view into the discoveries made by researchers as to the dangerous biological effects of abuse and neglect during childhood. As this new documentary reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brain and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and, in cases, early death. However, trauma can be prevented and the long-term effects can be reduced through intervention. Leaders in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using innovative science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the treacherous effects of toxic stress on children. Check out the movie trailer.
DVD Loan Program
If you are interested in borrowing a DVD of Paper Tigers or Resilience to put on a viewing hosted by your own organization, please fill out and sign a rental agreement and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The terms and conditions for renting a DVD are:
Requests for the DVD must be made a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the event.
The DVD will be mailed 1 week prior to the event. The DVD must be post marked and returned 48 hours after the conclusion of the event.
The DVD may not be lent out to another individual or organization without the consent of ACT.
A headcount must be provided of all people who attended the showing(s).
The showing may be used as a fundraiser.
ACT MUST be included in all advertising. This includes ACT’s logo, which will be emailed and can be found below.