Resilient Southern Illinois


Fostering and building resilience among children is the focus of RSI. Supported by a host of state-wide partners, including CRHSSD, RSI will work over two years with up to 15 school districts in the Illinois Delta to become “trauma sensitive.” RSI will also work with a smaller group of districts on building community-school partnerships to bolster what the schools are doing. Schools are a logical starting place for efforts to build awareness of childhood trauma and strategies to address it. RSI believes that ultimately the greatest impacts will be achieved when schools and their community partners work together to address adversity and poverty. Up to five school districts will be selected for a pilot effort to bring schools, health organizations, religious congregations, local government, and other partners together to create a trauma-informed community.