At its core, a resilience-based approach to children and youth development finds its origin rooted in the principle that all people have the ability to overcome hardships and to succeed despite the adversity. Resilience is a strengths-based model, meaning its focus is on providing the long-term supports and opportunities that promote life success, rather than trying only to eliminate the factors that promote failure.
The phenomenon of successful development under high-risk conditions is known as "resilience", and a great deal of research has been devoted to identifying the protective factors and processes that might account for children's successful outcomes (Wolin & Wolin, 1993; Glantz & Johnson, 1999; Mastine, 2001). According to researchers, seven factors influence resiliency: Initiative, Creativity, Humor, Morality, Insight, Relationships, and Independence. The Youth Resiliency Institute's ethos is when behaviors and conditions are changed, children and youth can be successful in life when the resiliency factors are taught and practiced within the holistic, affirming and culturally enriching program.
Resilience is an educational model that assists children and youth in their quest to understand the complexity of growth and development in their lives. Unlike other models, the Resilience emphasizes strengths over problems, and incorporates key contextual factors in its structure, including transactions between the developing person and the social and physical environments, therefore leading to a high compatibility with the person-in-environment framework that guides the principle teachings of the theory and practice delivered by the Youth Resiliency Institute.