Community Engagement Grant Helps Build Resiliency in Youth

Published: May 10, 2018

In their work with youth, education and social services professionals see resiliency as a critical factor in helping our youth achieve success. But how is it developed? With the support of a $1,000 Community Engagement Grant from the Montgomery County Community Foundation, the Youth Service Bureau and the Child Abuse Prevention Council are hosting a community education program on the topic. The keynote speaker is Christian Moore, MSW, LCSW, the founder of WhyTry and author of The Resilience Breakthrough. The presentation is Monday, May 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Crawfordsville High School auditorium and is open to the public. Organizers say that it is appropriate for youth workers, educators, parents and grandparents, anyone with children in their lives. In fact, Jane Christopherson shares that it also addresses building resilience in adults, a trait that is helpful in parenting. This makes it a natural tie to the Child Abuse Prevention Council’s mission and President Lisa Long notes that, “it is important that parents emulate resilience to their children.”

MCCF Board Member Terresa Hatke (left) presents a $1,000 Community Engagement Grant to Lisa Long (right), President of the Child Abuse Prevention Council and Jane Christopherson (center), YSB’s CASA Director. The funds will support The Resilience Breakthrough presentation by author Christian Moore, LCSW Monday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. at Crawfordsville High School.


Each year select board members have the opportunity to direct a $1,000 Community Engagement Grant to a charitable organization of their choosing. This grant was the choice of MCCF board member Terresa Hatke. Terresa also volunteers for YSB and sees firsthand just how important their programs are in equipping youth and their families with the tools needed for positive development. 

MCCF manages over 200 endowed funds, each established by donors with visions of making Montgomery County a better place to live. Since 1991, more than $19 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded to agencies and students right here in Montgomery County. For more information about the foundation, please call 765-362-1267, visit our website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.