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SHOCKS - acute events, emergencies STRESSES - chronic conditions
Severe storms High unemployment
Extreme temperatures Degraded public infrastructure 
Flooding Chronic food shortage

Resilience (noun, re·sil·ience \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\)
is the capacity of a community to  anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from shocks and stresses. It means being able to bounce back after something bad happens. Resilience is a concept that applies to individuals, to communities large and small, to our infrastructure, to the economy, and to the environment.

Resilience is necessary for effective, long-term poverty reduction. Resilience AmeriCorps lifts people out of poverty by helping them break the cycle of increased vulnerabilities leading to increased impacts from shocks and stresses. More...

  • Looking at problems and solutions holistically: addressing the multitude of interconnected risks a community faces.
  • Engaging whole community: bringing together unlike parties across multiple disciplines and breaking down silos.
  • Planning for uncertainty: Integrating projects into, or fostering, local, organizational, or regional planning processes.

Some shocks and stresses can be avoided, or their severity decreased, through traditional AmeriCorps VISTA work. However, global changes are making shocks and stresses harder to avoid, more connected, more frequent, and more severe. There is also increasing uncertainty about when and how people will experience them. Resilience increases low-income individuals’ and communities’ capacity to prepare for, withstand, and recover from shocks and stresses by looking at problems and solutions holistically, engaging community, and planning for uncertainty. 

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Resilience Resources

These resources are designed to help you understand, measure, and build resilience in the community in which you’re serving.

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Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA

Thumbnail for [node:title][user:name][comment:title] Through Resilience AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA members develop plans and implement projects that increase resilience-building capacity in low-income communities across the country. Resilience AmeriCorps projects address a variety of topics, including: built infrastructure, health, economy, natural and cultural resources, and social connectedness. See more on the program webpage...

Resources for Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA members