Resilient young people have links to people, informal groups, and organizations in their community. They have opportunities to be meaningfully involved. A strong community nurtures a sense of belonging and connectedness, and engages youth in constructive activities that benefit them and others.

Communities contribute to resilience when:

  • Youth have access to services, supports, and resources that sustain their well-being, such as schools, health services, recreational services, libraries, and social services.
  • Community services, supports, and resources are also available and accessible for their families.
  • The community is committed to being child- and youth-friendly.
  • The community is committed to being inclusive and valuing and accepting its members.
  • The youth has a sense of belonging to a wider network of family friends.
  • The youth has at least one relationship with a supportive adult outside of the family or school.

Strategies to strengthen this factor:

  • Involve youth, parents, caregivers and communities in advocating for needed resources.
  • Encourage young people to get involved with community organizations such as the Scouts, 4-H, and youth groups run through a local community centre or faith group.
  • Work with partners in your community to be a child-friendly community.

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