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The way a child responds to a traumatic event correlates to the child’s future and well-being. The RPA Resiliency Collective is committed to reducing the exposure to and impact of trauma by increasing resiliency of youth and families in the City of Roanoke.



The Collective formed in May 2017 and has joined forces to educate the community about potentially traumatic events, or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), as well as resiliency- the ability to bounce back from tough situations. The Collective is spreading this message via a professional education toolkit and a public media campaign


The Path to Resilience is different for everyone depending upon their circumstances and the protective factors that are present in their life:

Protective Factors may include:

  • Strong home life: with rules, predictability, routines, chores, positive discipline
  • Caring and involved adults: i.e. mentors, teachers, family members, neighbors, community members, faith leaders
  • Good social skills: sense of humor, empathy, conflict resolution skills
  • Being involved in outside of school activities, clubs, teams, hobbies, part-time job
  • Having someone to help set goals, to be successful, and build confidence


What is Trauma, ACEs, and Resiliency?





Trauma: an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being [6].

ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse or neglect. ACEs are strongly associated to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including substance misuse, depression, and many other illnesses and disorders [5].

Resiliency: is the ability to withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity [4].

Collective Impact 

The Resiliency Collective is working to increase resiliency as a direct prevention effort to counter the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs, and trauma. A collective impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative at structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change [2].

Five Conditions to Collective Impact Success:

Common Agenda

Shared Measurement

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Continuous Communication

Backbone Support


  • Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of SWVA
  • Brain Injury Services of SWVA
  • Carilion Clinic
  • Child Health Investment Partnership of the Roanoke Valley
  • Children’s Trust
  • City of Roanoke CSA
  • Family Services of Roanoke Valley
  • Family Wellness Initiative
  • Goodwill Industries of Roanoke Valley
  • Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
  • mpiToo
  • Office of Attorney General
  • Rescue Mission
  • Roanoke City Department of Health
  • Roanoke City Department of Human and Social Services
  • Roanoke City Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Roanoke City Police Department
  • Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation
  • Salvation Army
  • SARA
  • TAP
  • United Way of Roanoke Valley
  • Virginia Tech Center for Public Health Practice and Research
  • YMCA of Roanoke Valley
  • Youth Advocate Programs, INC


Resources and Articles:

  1. ACEsConnection
  2. Collaboration for Impact. The Collective Impact Framework.
  3. Earls, M., (2018). Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Prevention, Recognition, and Promoting ResilienceNorth Carolina Medical Journal. 79(2) 108-112. 19 March 2018.
  4.  Kimple, K., and Kansagra, S., (2018). Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences: It Takes a VillageNorth Carolina Medical Journal. 79(2) 95-98. 19 March 2018.
  5. SAMHSA. (2018). Adverse Childhood Experiences. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration9 July 2018.
  6. SAMHSA. (2018). Trauma and Violence. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 7 May 2018.
  7. Resilience. (2019). Center on the Developing Child. Harvard University. https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/resilience/.

You Can Be A Part of the Change!

Want to be a partner with the RPA Resiliency Collective?