The Alaska Resilience Initiative (ARI) is a network of nonprofit, tribal and state government organizations, schools, businesses and community coalitions working to solve complex social problems and promoting a healthy, just and resilient Alaska. You can read (and print) our ARI one-pager here.

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Our shared goal

Mobilizing Alaska to end child maltreatment, intergenerational and systemic trauma through healing and strategic advocacy.

What we do

As a collective impact effort and movement-builder, we serve an umbrella role for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma and resilience work in Alaska – supporting and bringing together those doing the work. Our work, encapsulated by the roles of connector, catalyst/convener and advocate, takes shape in a shared process through the voices of all involved.

  • Connectors. We serve a networking function, connecting communities and organizations with one another. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we share tools and resources via email, presentations, one-on-one and through this website. We support a cohort of trauma and resilience trainers, and connect them with organizations and schools to present tailored, scientifically accurate, compelling information. We also support the work of community coalitions that are testing trauma reduction and resilience promotion strategies in their communities, and helping bring their test strategies to scale statewide.

  • Conveners and catalysts. We bring people together for collective and strategic visioning, planning and cross-sector organizing. We work with other groups to organize gatherings and speak publicly to build awareness. Each month, we convene the ARI steering committee, a small group representing all sectors and regions in Alaska that provides vision and guidance on everything from initiative structure to urgent policy issues. We also convene three workgroups, which meet monthly to prioritize and move forward efforts in the areas of communication, trauma-informed change and policy. Read more about our workgroups and get involved.

  • Advocates. As a network with both grassroots and grass-tops members, we are uniquely positioned to educate and advocate on key policy issues affecting child maltreatment, intergenerational and systemic trauma, well-being and resilience. Our policy workgroup drives long-term advocacy work.

What we don’t do

ARI’s work is not intended to replace or replicate the efforts of other communities, organizations, schools, tribes and coalitions that are working toward similar goals. Rather, we strive to bring together and support existing efforts by serving an umbrella function and by using a collective impact approach.

A pilot for movement-building

ARI was one of 14 communities in the U.S. chosen by the Health Federation of Philadelphia, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Endowment, for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) grant, which took place from 2015 - 2017.These 14 communities were chosen to pilot and teach others about movement-building related to trauma and resilience.