Skill description

Resilience is the ability young people have to cope with, and recover from challenges and difficulties. It means dealing with stressful or difficult situations in positive and constructive ways.


Resilience involves:

  • Taking on new challenges
  • Determination to achieve goals
  • Being optimistic when things get difficult
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Being flexible and adaptable
  • Motivation to get tasks done
  • Courage to take action


Like confidence, resilience is linked to and underpins the development of other skills and youth work outcomes. 


Skills Mapping


How might a young person develop this skill? 

Young people become more resilient through engagement in youth work and supportive relationships with youth workers are important in developing this skill. The safe and welcoming space that youth work provides enables young people to step out of their comfort zone, try new opportunities, make mistakes and learn from them without fear of judgement. Through youth work, young people are encouraged to develop plans and goals that help them to manage or overcome the challenges they face. 


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