Mission & Values

Resilience Rising combats the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States by providing residential and mentoring programs with opportunities for safety, healing, and empowerment. Resilience Rising provides long term, trauma informed support, wherein survivors develop the coping and life skills needed to break the inter-generational cycle of abuse and poverty that drives this child welfare, public health, and human rights problem.


Resilience Rising recognizes that the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and children is inherently an issue of social justice. The intersections of systems of power, privilege, and oppression circumscribe the life trajectories of vulnerable youth. Our program incorporates these individual, collective, and generational narratives as vital elements of identity development and empowerment.

Resilience Rising respects the neurotypical development of adolescents, allowing them space to make mistakes, test boundaries, explore and express identity, and evolve gracefully into young adults. We honor their inherent courage, adaptability, wisdom, and tenacity as survivors. We provide these adolescents with the opportunities to find themselves, become themselves, and rise. 



  • confidential location

  • gender sensitive model

  • trauma informed 

  • safety planning for self-harm

  • harm reduction approach

  • culture of diversity

  • multi-lingual accommodations

  • BIPOC empowerment

  • secular foundation

  • LGBTQ safe space

  • medical and dental care

  • dual diagnosis treatment

  • substance abuse programming

  • eating disorder support

  • individual therapy

  • dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

  • trauma informed yoga 

  • group modalities: writing, art

  • animal assisted therapy

  • physical fitness program

  • 'blue mind' ocean therapy

  • wilderness retreats

  • aerial adventures

  • client-centered programming

  • survivor informed

  • case management

  • educational programming

  • life skills

  • mutual care & parenting skills

  • chronic illness management

  • physical disability accommodation

  • cognitive disability skill building

  • vocational programming

  • legal advocacy

  • community inclusion

  • social activism

  • alumnae mentoring