Class is In!
Resiliency 101

       August is when you have to think about school! You can’t help it! Despite your efforts to enjoy the summer (just a moment) and delay the inevitable return to the classroom, it comes quick! Even if you are like me have long since retired from PTA, homework assistance,and last minute runs to the store for project materials, working with young people keep you tuned into the rhythm of the academic year. That drumbeat also includes learning about life–how to manage time, money, stress, and priorities.These issues also apply to interns that might be starting at your agency in a few weeks. Young people struggle with balance just like we did (and still do). The difference is we know that we can live through the challenging times. Our years of experience tell us that. Our young people however, normally do not have enough life experiences to realize that they can get through tough moments and often feel stronger when they do!  It is through those moments that we can help young people understand their resiliencies; inner strengths and characteristics that help them grow stronger and more confident. Giving those resiliencies a name can help young people build on their inner strengths. Those inner strengths then become a shield of protective factors that help mitigate the traumas they have and will face in this complex world.
       Next time you see a young person working hard, staying focused, or just thinking…say more than “good job Joe!” Identify the resiliency you see (determined, focused, committed, compassionate, etc.)… “Hey Joe, you look pretty focused. You must be really committed to that project” THAT will say more about who they are as a developing adult than… “good job!” Being specific with your compliments yield credibility – you are more believable! Once they understand their unique qualities, they can then build on those characteristics and share them with others.
       Enjoy the last weeks of summer and if you think of it… drop me a line. We always love to learn what our colleagues are doing.

Nancy Carter, ILR, Inc. Executive Director
Learn More about Resiliencies
To learn more about resiliencies, developmental assets, or how protective factors can help young people, read this article

ILR has some resources to help you build resiliencies and assets with young people. The most notable are:

News From ILR:

We are very pleased to welcome back Kyle Reece to our team. He will be filling the role of Communication Specialist. Kyle currently attends Durham Technical Community College, and hopes to major in Communications. Kyle was the Communication Specialist for ILR between Summer 2014 and Fall 2015, and took a break to focus on school. He will continue helping us out on our websites, marketing and sales. Check out his new additions to our websites (www.ilrinc.com and www.saysoinc.org).  
ILR Resources Are
Now On Amazon:

We have recently entered into an agreement with Amazon to sell some of our most popular items including Surviving the StormPersonal Safety HandbookPocket Guide to Independent Living, Independent Living Program Strategies, and Assessing and Contracting with Youth. Be sure to check them out!!
Our  "Sale"  for the
month of August is the

Teacher/Leader Guide for the Pocket Guide to Independent Living WITH 5 Pocket Guides

Discounts will be visible in your shopping cart. Visit www.ilrinc.com and enjoy shopping for those items on your wish list. While you are there, take a look at our Sample Wish List and consider making one for your organization, school, or agency. Let us know if you have any questions 800-820-0001 or information@ilrinc.com

On sale for $99.95
(Save $49.75)

Have you heard about the Real World? Did you see one this summer?
The Real World Youth Event is a one-day, hand-on, simulation of what the Real World is like in terms of financial management, decision-making, lifestyle choices, education and career. Young people are exposed to skills such as budgeting, negotiating needs and wants, making fiscal decisions, how to continue their education, how to get housing, and how to communicate verbally to community businesses. Many have said it is the single most significant event to help them prepare youths for how to handle their transition to the Real World. It packs a powerful punch in one-day!
You can learn more about the Real World program (including how to coordinate one in your area) by visiting www.adolescentrealworld.com If you have questions, email
Make Workplace Safety a Priority… before an incident
Too often we hear from agencies after there has been an incident of workplace violence. Fortunately most of those incidents do not involve physical injury but they are scary and leave emotional trauma in its wake. Those incidents with physical injury and even death can paralyze an agency without proper intervention. It takes an entire agency to ensure personal safety is practiced in the workplace. ILR recently launched an updated version of “Working Safe Working Smart in May. "Working Safe, Working Smart" is an online, on-demand training program to help human service professionals become aware of and learn practices in an effort to help keep their personal and workplace safe both in and out of the office. The focus of this training is on the interaction between staff and clients or the general public. The training presents an approach for determining safety needs within an agency and identifying a broad outline of areas that might require safety planning including policy development.
This new “Working Safe Working Smart” platform is easier to read, digest, and navigate! It was tested in fall 2015 as both an “on-demand” single-user training and in a “Blended” format (online with facilitated classroom discussion). Users’ knowledge in the study was measurably increased in both formats. The addition of the blended format will allow organizations to have choices regarding the delivery of this safety training.   (A blended training manual is in development.) If you want to create more agency-wide discussions around safety procedures and build a culture of safety for everyone, “Working Safe Working Smart” can help you do just that!
See “Working Safe Working Smart” featured in a recent edition of Practice Notes. This edition also has many good tips, resources, and suggestions to address safety in your workplace.
Specific NC Foster Parent training event:
Foster parents are welcome to register for a weekend class, Friday October 28 – Sunday 30, 2016: Helping Youths Reach Self-Sufficiency. This free class is sponsored by ILR and the NC DSS LINKS Program and is especially for foster parents with teenagers in their home. Foster parents will learn the basics of LINKS, teaching life skills in the home, assessment, and how to access resources for education, employment, etc. Participants will return to their communities with information and materials to share with other foster parents. For more information, email Debbie.cornell@ilrinc.com
ILR, Inc. Training Courses On-Demand:
(available 24/7) Why not learn while lounging in PJ’s?
Real World  – Learn how to coordinate a Real World Youth Event
(includes license to replicate Real World Toolkit)
Volunteer Advocate Academy – Adult training for anyone working with
youths in transition from child welfare or court systems.
Working Safe Working Smart – Workplace safety training
for human service professionals

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