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

Protective Factors

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


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.



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.



is the ability to withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity.

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.


Five Conditions to Collective Impact Success:
  • Common Agenda
  • Shared Measurement
  • Mutually Reinforcing Activities
  • Continuous Communication
  • Backbone Support
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