The Resilience Project: Donate to Build a Stronger Kitchener-Waterloo


Last Friday, we announced the launch of Start-Ups for School, a volunteer initiative founded by Kitchener start-up, EnPowered. This project is aimed to provide KW start-ups an opportunity to give back to their local community. This week, Start-Ups for School has revealed their first project, which is to raise $5000 for The Resilience Project, founded by the Family and Children Services of Waterloo Region.

What is The Resilience Project?

The Resilience Project aims to enhance resilience in children and families of the Kitchener-Waterloo community through various programs and services. Additionally, it also strives to help children build confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. Funds raised from this campaign will be used towards research and development of various programs in this Project.


Building resilience in children is crucial. Not only does it help them persevere through their education, but it also has many health benefits. Resilience is being able to cope with stress in a positive way and this has been associated with longevity, lower rates of depression, and greater satisfaction in life, which all contribute to a person’s overall well-being.

From 2014-2016, the Family Centre offered resilience programs under the name Child & Youth Resilience Project. Over the course of these two years, a study was conducted to observe, measure, and analyze the efficacy and results of the Project. The study found that the Project helped improve children’s sense of security, belonging, and use of strength to face adversities. This project also positively impacted parents’ resilience - measured through their sense of security, belonging, and use of strength to face adversities as well. The full report and findings of this study can be found here. With all that in mind, it is clear how The Resilience Project is already strengthening our community, starting from individual, precious families.

Sounds like a great project you’d like to get behind?

BetaKit thinks so too. Check out what they said about our initiative here.

This campaign will run until April 1st, 2019. So far, we’ve raised 3% of our overall goal, so we really need all your support! Come join us in building a stronger, more resilient Kitchener-Waterloo community by clicking the ‘Donate’ button below!