Resilience Squad

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Dates: March 12 - Summer 2018
Grade Level: 9th - 12th
Workshop Time: four 60-90 minute class periods within 2 weeks
(90 min periods preferred) 
Venue: individual classrooms of 10-30 students


Teens frequently become overwhelmed navigating the daily demands of school, work, family, and relationships. For some, the situation may be made worse by past or ongoing experiences with violence, neglect, substance use, or homelessness. The Resilience Squad series of four workshops can help high school students better manage stress and meet adversity.


Through this program, students learn...

  • How to build trust and empathy
  • How to identify and cope with stress and trauma
  • Healthy communication skills
  • How to improve concentration, focus, and self-awareness


  • An indoor space
  • A minimum 32’w x 32’d area
  • A minimum of 30-45 minutes for set-up before each workshop, and 30-45 minutes for breakdown after each workshop


1. Building Connections

  • Builds trust and empathy by sharing observations and expressing concerns in the community.
  • Encourages teamwork and unity through improvisation games and group processing.
  • Helps students identify moments of personal strength and perseverance.

2. Stress Management

  • Identifies stressors and understand the way different types of stress impact their physical and mental health.
  • Provides tools so participants can discover and share methods for coping with stress.
  • Introduces a physical theatre activity to help build community support for reducing stress.

3. Healthy Communication

  • Models healthy communication and expressing needs through role plays.
  • Provides a model for understanding and communicating personal boundaries.
  • Engages in stimulating group discussion to solidify best communication practices.

4. Mindfulness

  • Offers an innovative way to consider a mindful use of technology and social media.
  • Improves concentration, focus, and self-awareness through dynamic breathing exercises.
  • Explores ways to bring a mindful approach to community, stress management, and healthy communication.


To help reinforce the themes of the workshop series, all students receive supplemental resources, tools, and giveaways.

As one of the nation’s oldest not-for-profit health care delivery systems, Kaiser Permanente has worked to improve the health of our communities for over 60 years. As part of that mission, the Educational Theatre Program uses the magic of live performance and drama-based strategies to inspire people to make healthy choices, and build strong communities.