Institute for Community & Adolescent Resilience (ICAR-US

ICAR-US offers education, materials, and support to individuals (adults and youth), schools, agencies, communities, and statewide organizations in their youth development related work.

We specialize in three areas:

  • Creating measurable supports for each individual youth
  • Increasing caring and connection within school environments — THE critical component to ANY systemic school reform effort
  • Working to support caring and connected communities


Mom embracing son.Who Are We?

We are advocates for ALL children and youth EVERYWHERE! We are the founders and home of Integrative Youth Development (IYD)™.

Why Do We Exist?

To compel ALL adults to anchor children/youth to their families, schools and communities and to inspire children and youth to self-activate the "webs of support" (the personal village) they need to succeed.

Why Do We Need You?

To build a community of people around the world, a PHLOCK, who are advocates for creating and sustaining developmentally rich ecologies for children and youth. Adults need to become "Catchers of Dreams" in order to turn the dreams of children and youth around the world into realities.

What Do We Do?

Provide meaningful, memorable, and measurable evaluative criteria, tools, educational experiences, coaching, and mentoring to guide adults in becoming more intentionally engaged in supporting all kids to thrive.

What Is Our Vision?

All the world's children and youth will be raised within a rich developmental ecology that is measured by the full spectrum of Integrative Youth Development.

What Is Our Mission?

To compel adults to understand and then create rich developmental ecologies for all children and youth, which will result in a personal village for each and every youth. We will do through educating, coaching, mentoring, and providing useful resources to youth, homes, schools, agencies, organizations, and communities around the world.

Dad and son in workshop together.What Are Our Goals?

To give youth the intangible skills, attitudes, values, and beliefs to attract and attach to the anchors they need to thrive. To teach these youth to co-create their personal villages by gathering the necessary tangible supports from the family, school, temple, and community.

How Do We Do This?

  • We promote to compel people to learn more.
  • We educate to deliver information and tell the story.
  • We coach to guide implementation of the ideas into real action.
  • We mentor to encourage multiplication so that the word effects as many as possible.

What Do We Know?

  • We know what young people need to succeed.
  • We know that human beings are "hardwired" to connect and are nurtured within relationships.
  • We know that everyone has innate talents and skills that need to be discovered, nurtured, used, and polished.
  • We know that the world's young people are increasingly being neglected by the culture of busyness.
  • We know that homes, schools, and communities need to provide the strings necessary for all young people to achieve.
  • We know that young people need to be co creators of their personal villages.
  • We know that every child has three families - the one they are given, the one who finds them, and the one they create.
  • We know that each youth is unique, and that every youth shares common experiences.

Mom embracing son.What Do We Stand For?

  • a thorough review of professional literature and research in order to understand its significance to individual youth, and the culture of youth.
  • listening to the time honored wisdom of the elders in our societies in order to remember the basic principles of integrative youth development.
  • the systematic implementation of the research findings - moving beyond theory to action.
  • having youth and adults be co-creators of their world and culture.
  • programs, initiatives, events, practices, policies, procedures, regulations, and laws that create opportunities to connect youth and adults in meaningful, measurable, and memorable ways.
  • making love become more visible.

How Do We Evaluate Our Efforts?

  1. Increase in school success (increased graduation rates, student academic achievement, attendance, student involvement in school activities, and student leadership and decreased disciplinary referrals, suspensions, expulsions, and alternative school placements).
  2. Increase in the number of tangible and intangible supports in the lives of children and youth.
  3. Increase in number of adults in the lives of children and youth.
  4. Increase in innate resilience of children and youth.
  5. Reduction in youth risk behaviors (alcohol and drug use, school drop-out, gang involvement, suicide, teen pregnancy, teen violence, bullying).
  6. Measurable improvement in adults' perceptions of teens.

Mom embracing son.How Do We Define Student Success?

  • The number of options that one is able to see at any given time (choice)
  • The ability to bounce back from adversity (heartiness)
  • Internalizing the skills, information, beliefs and behaviors necessary to lead an interesting life (actualizing self)
  • To live, love, connect, participate, and contribute well (affiliation within a healthy family and community)

Services and Resources Do We Provide?

Please see our complete list of Services and Resources for more information.

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