Welcome To The Staples Resilience Project
All of us—parents, teachers, and counselors alike—care deeply about the education, growth, and well-being of our young adults. We parent them, we teach them, and we help guide them as they grapple with figuring out their own unique combination of interests, assets and values. We are all in this together to give them the tools they need to continue this growth throughout their lives and to become the well-adjusted, thriving individuals we all hope they will ultimately become.
Crucial to their continued growth is resilience, the ability to cope with life’s inevitable disappointments and injustices. Here in the Guidance Department we notice, increasingly, that many of our young people would benefit from continuing to develop this asset. We are also concerned that many of our students are struggling to manage the stress that comes with the very high expectations of this community. Many of our students are not coping well with the pressure they feel to excel, and this can manifest itself in varying degrees as low self-esteem, worry, anxiety, depression, self-harm and substance abuse.
As counselors, we are constantly researching, collaborating with colleagues, and looking for ways to support our students and to help them find balance, strength, and direction. You, as parents and teachers, are very much the front line: you are with these wonderful young adults every day. We hope to use this project as a forum for sharing with you some of the information and resources that we have found helpful in this area. We hope that you will find it useful, as well.
Staples Resilience Project Coordinators:
-Victoria Capozzi, School Counselor
-Leslie Hammer, School Counselor
-Deb Slocum, School Counselor