The Resilient Belmont Cragin Collaborative unites parents, youth, residents, school leaders, community health organizations and the Northwest Side Housing Center to prevent adversity, promote healing, and build resilience in Belmont Cragin.

We're compmrised of over 20 partner organizations, here's a few of our accomplishments so far:

•    Developed eleven members into ACEs Master Trainers who spread information about resilience to the community
•    Created a diverse array of trauma-informed programs at Steinmetz College Prep

•    Coordinate the dissemination of information about resilience to parents and youth-oriented agencies across Belmont Cragin


“Trauma refers to experiences or events that by definition are out of the ordinary in terms of their overwhelming nature. They are more than merely stressful-- they are also, shocking, terrifying, and devastating to the victim, resulting in profoundly upsetting feelings of terror shame, helplessness, and powerlessness.” (Courtois 1999)

  • A traumatic events involves a single experience or repeated experiences that completely overwhelm an individual's ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved in that experience

  • 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. 

that's 224 million people


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), 

are any traumatic/stressful events, such as abuse, household dysfunction and neglect that happen before the age of 18. They act as a significant risk factor associated with lasting negative effects on health and well-being.

ACEs Study Hypothesis: ACEs lead to impaired neurodevelopment which in turn lead to social, emotional, and cognitive adaptations that can lead to the risk factors for major causes of disease, disability, social problems, and early death.


Types of ACEs: Physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, intimate partner violence, mother treated violently, substance misuse within household, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce, incarcerated household member.

Join us in shifting the paradigm from asking "what's wrong with you" to asking "what happened to you?"

In low income communities, and especially low income communities of color, community members are more likely to experience cumulative trauma and individual ACEs resulting from the daily stressors of violence and concentrated poverty, as well as historic and structural conditions of racism and disenfranchisement (Collins, et al., 2010).

Zip Code 60639 has the highest percentage for children that Lurie Children’s reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for possible/suspected child maltreatment in 2016


"Resilience does not mean that children 'get over it.' It does mean that the caring adults in their lives have a lot of power to buffer, rather than cement, the effects of toxic stress." 
Amanda J Moreno, PhD | Erikson Institute

The first step to resilience is understanding our past traumas, and recognizing that childhood adversities can inhibit our decision-making, emotional processing, and cognitive abilities.

The presence of at least one supporting caregiver

has the power to mitigate the harmful effects of adverse childhood experiences and contribute to resilience

Self-regulation techniques like meditation, yoga, exercise, and confiding in someone we trust helps us deal with the harms of toxic stress

Ask us how we can connect you with groups in our Belmont Cragin community who are working to build resilience at an individual and community level, click below:

health and community resources

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