Resilient Futures

Resilient Futures is a trauma-informed wellbeing and resilience program for children and young people that is being delivered by youth and education partner organisations in our most disadvantaged communities.

The program uses explicit and implicit teaching strategies to embed evidence-based wellbeing and resilience skills in young people and their communities. Resilient Futures supports teachers and youth workers to develop mindful awareness of what’s most important to young people and to be explicit about the desired growth outcomes for young people and how they will be achieved. ​ The intention is always safety, reliability and flexibility.

Resilient Futures provides measurable outcomes for young people and their families (improved wellbeing and reduced psychological distress) as well as clear benefits for staff and organisational systems (increased wellbeing, resilience and engagement, common vocabulary and a shared toolkit). 

Resilient Futures is one of the Wellbeing and Resilient Centres most seminal projects, which has now been successfully improving the wellbeing of almost 1,500 disadvantaged youth across South Australia, for over three years.




Project Summary


Resilient Futures is the WRC’s largest project to date and was funded by a $1.3 million philanthropic grant from the James and Diana Ramsey Foundation and the Wyatt Trust. The three-year project was intentionally designed to provide resilience skills for vulnerable, hard-to-reach and therefore overlooked South Australians.

To deliver the project, the WRC collaboratively partnered with several youth agencies to deliver resilience skills to 850 young people between 2015-2018. As of early 2019, over 1,400 young people had participated in Resilient Futures, which continues to be delivered in the partner youth agencies past the project funding lifespan


The training content was designed to be  considerate of the complex issues that the young people faced such as mental illness, gender identity and sexual preference, homelessness, and family issues.

The core aims of this project were to raise the wellbeing and resilience of vulnerable young people by delivering resilience training and mentoring support for young people. 



This project adopted a Train-the-Trainer approach, where youth agency staff were trained to deliver the resilience skills to clients in ways  which were appropriate to their own settings and clients.



Analysis of the data indicated: 

  • An overall increase in wellbeing and a reduction in psychological distress
  • The program was more effective for males than females as well as being more effective for young people with lower levels of wellbeing or higher levels of psychological distress








Resilient Futures Evaluation



Further stories about Resilient Futures are available HERE

Resilient Futures Evaluation



To access the official Evaluation, please click HERE