Resilient Families Community Movement

International Journal of Student Voice

A peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal

Pennsylvania State University

Volume 1, Number 1                                           IJSV                            October 2016

Video: Resilient Families Community Movement

Margaret May, Emily Fayram, Shelby Crespi, Misja Ilcisin, Elizabeth Sherwin, Julie Vaccaro, Kathyrn Franke, Cordelia Franklin, Shawna Richardson, Saron Goitom, Stephanie Dong, Molly Schuller and Barbara Burns, Ph.D

Santa Clara University

Citation: Chopra, C. H. (2016). Creating a shared ownership for learning: Instructionally focused partnerships. International Journal of Student Voice, 1 (1).

Abstract: We created this video to illustrate how student researchers at Santa Clara University apply the science of resilience to buffer the impact of poverty and stress for families in the Greater Washington Neighborhood of San Jose, California. The initiative was led by May and Fayram and all 12 student researchers and our faculty mentor collaborated on this video. We began by brainstorming a general outline; the outline proposed a problem, provided a solution, explained the science behind the solution, and called others to action. We delegated sections of the outline to individual student researchers, and the two project facilitators synthesized the script components into a clear and concise narrative.

Through this video, we seek to share the basic idea of the science of resilience with a broader audience, including other students who participate in similar, community-based research. The science of resilience has a practical application in communities, and our research is a testament to the readiness and enthusiasm of beneficiary communities to sustainably implement the Resilient Families Program (RFP). After developing, implementing, and conducting RFP workshops ourselves, we witnessed mothers who originally participated in our workshops lead the RFP program with new mothers within a promotoras model. (A promotora is a Hispanic/Latino community member who receives training to provide basic education in the community; this is similar to a community health care worker.) In choosing to volunteer to serve as liaisons between their community, social/human service professionals, and community-based research groups, the promotoras demonstrate that RFP is beneficiary, well-received, and sustainable. RFP continues to grow and expand in San Jose, and elsewhere. In Spring 2016 a team of us traveled to Louisville, KY with our faculty mentor and trained a group of community leaders on RFP. It is important to emphasize that we have found that educating others about the science of resilience is uniquely beneficial to both the program participants and to us, as college students. This two-fold advantage is evident in one student’s reflection: “While the intention of RFP is to strengthen communities and improve outcomes for families, it has just as significant an impact on the Santa Clara University students involved.” Throughout the process, we have amplified our own internal voices, further developing leadership skills and spiritual and personal growth. Another student remarks that “spiritually, [she has] also grown. [She has] improved [her] mindfulness practice and continue[s] to find comfort in the message of RFP.” We hope that this video inspires other students to serve their local communities and accompany program participants throughout the research process, so that they, too, can become more resilient themselves and achieve both personal and professional growth.

Keywords:Resilience, Family, Community, Resilient, Families, Intervention, Student, Research, Promotoras, Health, Mindfulness, Science, Problem, Solution, Poverty, Researchers, Action, Community-Based, Sustainable, Sustainability, Hispanic, Latino, Educating, Program, Voices, Leadership, Spiritual, Personal, Growth, Practice

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