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Resilience Network

Our Mission

We are a network in Central Florida collaborating across sectors and communities to transform our region into one of prevention, hope, healing, and resilience for all.

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What We Do

Bimonthly Meetings

The Resilience Network meets every other month as a group to learn, grow, and collaborate across sectors.


Workshop Offerings

  • Why Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) Matter
  • Why Being Trauma Informed Matters
Film Screenings

Film Screenings

  • Broken Places 
  • Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Common Read

This book club was set up by PJI to encourage a common read of books related to the theme of Creating a Resilient Community. To date, we have read the following: 

  • 2019: The Deepest Well by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris 
  • 2020: Building Resilience in Children and Teens by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg  
  • 2021: Childhood Disrupted by Donna Jackson Nakazawa 
  • 2022: What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry & Oprah Winfrey 
  • 2023: The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
  • 2024: Healing: From Mental Illness to Mental Health by Dr. Thomas Insel

Click here to learn more about the 2024 Common Read and register for in-person discussion sessions. 

Annual Conference

Annual Conference 

The Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing Conference is an annual initiative that hosts cutting-edge keynote speakers and convenes participants to explore community wellness, positive and adverse childhood experiences (PACEs), and trauma-informed practices that can transform our region into one of prevention, hope, healing and resilience for all.

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Why Does it Matter?

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of adults have experienced four or more ACEs

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leading causes of death are associated with ACEs

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Americans live with a mental illness

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is the annual cost to U.S. employers for mental health conditions
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is the U.S. lifetime economic burden of child maltreatment (major contributor to ACEs)


ACEs cost governments hundreds of billions of dollars per year due to: 

  • Child abuse/neglect cases Community Violence Recidivism 
  • Foster system reentry Substance abuse 
  • ER visits 
  • Psych hospitalizations


As a nonprofit, you are likely working on the front lines serving populations that are trauma-impacted. Trauma informed policies within your organization can help you better cater to the populations you serve, and avoid different types of exposure like revictimization, burnout and secondary traumatic stress.


Trauma informed practices in the educational setting have shown to effectively reduce:

  • Student absences/tardiness
  • Academic underperformance
  • School suspensions Expulsions
  • Behavioral referrals
  • Reactive/punitive practices
  • Dysregulation symptoms in educators and students


Trauma informed policies can help employers to address:

  • Worker absenteeism
  • High turnover
  • Workplace stress
  • Burnout
  • Deterioration of team culture
  • Diminished creativity Decreased productivity Bullying and
  • Harrassment

Our Story

In Central Florida, a collective impact movement led by the Peace and Justice Institute is underway to create a more resilient, trauma informed, community.

In 2019, local leaders asked us to convene a conference that would educate the community about the human and societal impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, and toxic stress. Since then, there has been enormous interest in keeping the momentum going around this work in Central Florida. Bimonthly meetings have been held since 2019 and we have grown into a network of 600+ individuals from 300+ organizations in all sectors of Central Florida.

The group, now called the Resilience Network, has defined ourselves as “a network collaborating across sectors and communities to transform our region into one of prevention, hope, healing, and resilience for all.”

Resilience Network Goals

Create Shared Understanding about the Science of Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences and Interventions for Healing

Expand the Resilience Network’s Sector Representation, Accountability and Community Leadership

Learn, Collaborate and Deepen Connections as a Community Network

Leverage Our Impact Through Research, Data, Policy and Advocacy

Resilience Network Sectors


Child Welfare

Criminal Justice






Public Safety


Resilience Network Awards and Recognition

2023 East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Diamond Award Winner—Health and Equity

2019 Recognition from the Governor’s Office for “efforts to create a resilient Central Florida”

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