Rise to Resilience (R2R)

Rise to Resilience (R2R) builds resilience and teaches healthy habits to address the negative effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress.

How Does It Work?

Rise to Resilience was created to help transition age foster youth recognize and mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress so they can live healthy, fulfilling lives. Without intervention, toxic stress can lead to a whole array of health issues and maladaptive behaviors including obesity, heart disease, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, emphysema, cancer, unintended pregnancies, suicide, and even premature death.

R2R helps participants manage and lessen the consequences of toxic stress through workshops, resources, group sessions, individual coaching, a network of healthy connections, and more — all focused around seven key strategies based on healing-centered engagement: nutrition, exercise, sleep, healthy relationships, mindfulness, trauma-informed therapy, and play. The curriculum is organized into three blocks: Stress, Emotions, and Love; Healthy Relationships; and Nutrition and Physical Health; and includes monthly group therapy sessions.

A Rise to Resilience conference is also held yearly, where members of the JIT community are invited to a day-long experience that includes expert speakers, interactive wellness activities, and much more, all focused around healing and happiness.


To join Rise to Resilience, you must:

  • Be a current JIT participant dedicated to transcending trauma in your life

How Do I Join?

Rise to Resilience is a year-long cohort service that kicks off in the fall, with applications available in September. If you are interested in joining our next cohort, please contact our Youth Services team today. Applicants will be invited to an in-person orientation before the next cohort starts.

Active JIT participants are also welcome at our annual R2R conference in January, even if they are not a part of the current R2R cohort. Please be sure to let our team know if you’re interested!