“NEAR is Here” to celebrate community resilience

Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience

Kaelan Gilman

Kaelan Gilman

PORT ANGELES — The science and impacts of toxic stress on our brains, bodies, behaviors and choices — and ways to cultivate community resilience — will be discussed during a Clallam Resilience Project presentation of NEAR is Here.

The lecture about NEAR, which stands for Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience, will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, hosted by Studium Generale.

The free Zoom meeting will be at pencol-edu.zoom.us/j/82027861421. The meeting ID is 820 2786 1421.

The program and training opportunity will be offered by Kaelan Gilman, learning and outreach coordinator, and Minnie Whalen, project director for Clallam Resilience, United Way of Clallam County.

Minnie Whalen

Minnie Whalen

The presentation is the culminating event of a month of training and events by the Clallam Resilience Project through United Way of Clallam County.

Through October, the quality of resilience was explored through educational training sessions, proclamations by local elected officials, free resiliency kits and tiny videos.

To illustrate what resilience looks like, community members recorded Take Care & Be Well tiny videos in which they shared two- to three-minute tidbits about how they practice resilience.

Mabel Thackeray, Forks Elementary School counselor from Quillayute Valley School District, created a tiny video about the resilience building skill of culture and heritage.

Melanie Greer, 4-H coordinator with WSU’s Extension Office, demonstrated how she makes tortellini at home while talking about mastering a skill.

Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias shared about his practice of self-discipline as a commitment to himself, and something he can control during uncertain times.

The whole series of tiny videos is on the Clallam Resilience Project website at clallamresilienceproject.org under “resources.”

Resilience Month was coordinated by the Clallam Resilience Project, a local consortium of more than 50 organizations that worked together to foster resiliency for residents, organizations, community and systems. The consortium operates out of United Way of Clallam County.

For more information on United Way of Clallam County, the Clallam Community Foundation or the Clallam Resilience Project, contact call 360-457-3011 or email [email protected] clallam.org.

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