Monterey County Gives! – The Resilience Project

Help kids and families
• strengthen social, emotional and academic skills
• better understand themselves and one another
• create community and connection
• build resilience and a growth mind-set

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It’s widely known that the pandemic disrupted education and caused learning loss, but experts say that COVID-19 has had an even bigger impact on our kids and teens emotionally, psychologically, and socially. A full year of remote learning, isolation at home, and pandemic stresses and anxieties have taken a toll on our youth as well as those who care for and teach them.

In response, the Monterey Public Library and the Friends & Foundation developed The Resilience Project, to provide free access to expert advice, tools, techniques, and learning opportunities to help kids, teens, and families build (and rebuild) social and emotional skills. 

In early 2022 the Library will roll out:

  • programs for kids that encourage discovery, confidence, and a growth mind-set
  • programs for adolescents that create community and connection
  • free programs for parents and caregivers featuring experts in child and adolescent psychology;
  • backpacks of materials on emotions and mindfulness that will help families develop a shared vocabulary for talking about feelings and how to regulate them

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For more information, please call 831-646-5632 or email