Resilience Rising combats the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States by providing a ten-bed residential program for survivors with opportunities for safety, healing, and empowerment. Resilience Rising provides a long-term, trauma-informed program for eight adolescent
youth, wherein youth 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.