The Virtues Project, created two decades ago, supported by the Dalai Lama and recognized by the United Nationa as "a model global program for all cultures" offers excellent resources to meet the challenges facing children.
Used worldwide in 95 countries, the Virtues Project transcends cultures as a transforming approach to moving children and youth from "risk to resilient."
Based on a list of "virtues"--qualities for living gleaned from all peoples and all faith traditions--the program includes five strategies for fostering virtues, and promotes the virtues as an anecdote to violence.
The Virtues Project's list and strategies are very similar to the Four Steps for Fostering Resiliency published by Resiliency In Action! Both recommend focusing on and identifying strengths, and providing caring and support, boundaries, and life skills...
Read on for specific advice resources from the The Virtues Project and from Resiliency In Action...for creating kind, caring, and resilient kids!
The Five Strategies from The Virtues Project...and Other Resources
The Virtues Project explains "the strategies help...to [foster] children of compassion and idealism, and create a culture of character in our schools and communities."
- Speak the Language of Virtues: Discuss the Strength Virtues and Identify the Growth Virtue to work on.
- Recognize (and use) Teachable Moments: For example, when a child is being mean to another child, provide a virtues-based boundary. "If you want your friend to stay, you need to be kind. Take a minute alone to think about how you can be kind."
- Set Clear Boundaries...based on respect and the concept of restorative justice.
- Honor the Spirit...by integrating virtues into activities, surroundings, celebrations and the arts.
- Offer "Companioning": Give the gift of "listening" with compassionate curiosity, which guides others to find clarify and crate their own solutions."
From a resiliency perspective, virtues can be seen as additional protective factors--individual qualities, and characteristics of families, schools, and communities that foster resiliency. The Virtue's Project emphasis on identifying the virtue strengths before setting a goal of virtue(s) to grow is identical to resiliency recommendation of starting conversations and interventions with a discussion of strengths.
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Fostering Resilient Kids, Creating Kind & Caring Kids: the Overlap
The five strategies from The Virtues Project and Strategies for Fostering Resiliency in Kids significantly overlap. Providing Caring and Support, Clear Boundaries, and Lifeskills Training (at the core of the Virtues Project Strategies) are three of the six recommendations from The Resiliency Wheel: a guide for fostering resiliency in children, youth, families, schools, and communities.
The Resiliency Wheel diagrams six research-based environmental conditions that foster resiliency. It is a core of Resiliency In Action's Four Steps to Fostering Resiliency.
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The Resiliency Quiz and The Resiliency Quiz for School-Age Children
I developed The Resiliency Quiz as a way of assessing the resiliency-building conditions in a person's life: Celebrating what is in place and identifying areas to grow.
Originally developed for adolescents and adults, PA elementary school counselor Jason Boes modified the Quiz for School-Age (5 - 10) Children.
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