18 episodes

They say resilience is the ability to bounce back DESPITE adversity, but what does “bouncing back” look and FEEL like, and how do we ensure our children (including the inner child in us) is ABLE to RISE resilient? Join me, Agnes, a passionate Mama, Registered nurse and community care advocate as I marry the science of trauma with our STORIES of resilience with friends who have not only inspired me through the hills and valleys of my own resilience journey, but also whose wisdom and empathy are inspiring a more beautiful tomorrow.

Rise Resilient Agnes Chen

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They say resilience is the ability to bounce back DESPITE adversity, but what does “bouncing back” look and FEEL like, and how do we ensure our children (including the inner child in us) is ABLE to RISE resilient? Join me, Agnes, a passionate Mama, Registered nurse and community care advocate as I marry the science of trauma with our STORIES of resilience with friends who have not only inspired me through the hills and valleys of my own resilience journey, but also whose wisdom and empathy are inspiring a more beautiful tomorrow.

    S2 episode 4 with Courtney Russell: Giving Youth a Second Chance

    S2 episode 4 with Courtney Russell: Giving Youth a Second Chance

    Helping young people find their way through challenging life circumstances and sometimes poor choices that can hold them back from reaching their full potential-Calgary Youth Justice Society

    In episode 4 of season 2, Agnes chats with Courtney Russell, a passionate employee, who shares the incredible work of the Calgary Youth Justice Society and the commitment of the organizations in supporting our youth.

    Courtney Russell (she/her) is a former Correctional Service Worker at the Calgary Young Offenders Centre and is now the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Calgary Youth Justice Committee Program run through the Calgary Youth Justice Society. Courtney has been in the community educating those around us on how we can all support youth who live in our own communities and who may be involved in the Justice System. In addition, she helps to educate the youth, their parents, and family who may be struggling with lack of resources and misunderstandings of how the Justice System works in Canada and how to provide a positive support system for the Youth we serve. She believes that every single youth has great abilities and amazing potential ahead, they may just need support in seeing that.

    Youth Justice Committee Program- Section 18 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act provides an opportunity for community members to become directly involved in the administration of youth justice by forming Youth Justice Committees (YJCs). A YJC is an alternative to the court system for young people aged 12 up to 18 who are facing a minor charge. Community volunteers work with young people as well as their families, victims, the legal system, and the community to help young people move through and past a minor offence by holding them accountable without holding them back. With support, young people from all walks of life turn their mistakes into opportunities to grow and give back to their communities.

    https://calgaryyouthjustice.ca/programs-services/cyjc/

    https://www.facebook.com/cyjsyyc

    https://www.instagram.com/calgaryyouthjusticecommittees/

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/calgaryyouthjusticesociety/


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    • 37 min
    Episode 3: "Empowering Resilience To ACEs" with Samantha Wettje of The 16Strong Project

    Episode 3: "Empowering Resilience To ACEs" with Samantha Wettje of The 16Strong Project

    In this conversation of The Rise Resilient Podcast, host Agnes chats with Samantha Wettje of the 16 Strong Project, an organization in New York, USA, whose mission is to "Empower Resilience to Adverse Childhood Experiences".

    16 Strong is dedicated to empowering resilience to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) through educational workshops, school partnerships, and community outreach, and was created by Samantha in response to what she experienced as a young person growing up with familial mental illness and addiction. 16 Strong strives to continue conversations that help young people recognize and navigate the challenges they are facing as a result of ACEs, as they believe that with strong support systems, healthy coping mechanisms, and a positive mindset, the negative impacts of ACEs can be mitigated.  

    Samantha is the founder of 16 Strong Project, an adolescent mental well-being advocate, and holds a Master's of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where she works with the EASEL lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on the "Navigating SEL from the Inside Out" guide. 

    In this conversation, we talk about about her experiences with parental addiction and mental illness, as well as how today, she is using her resilience to empower and support youth who may be living with similar experiences.



    Learn more about the 16Strong Project.

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    Agnes Chen is the host of the Rise Resilient Podcast, as well as the Founder of Starling's Community, whose mission is to co-create a community that can support the mental wellness, resilience, and healing of children and families impacted by parental addiction, and other ACEs.


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    • 32 min
    Episode 2: Protecting Children from the Negative Impact of ACEs with Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris

    Episode 2: Protecting Children from the Negative Impact of ACEs with Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris

    "Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can negatively influence development. However, the lifelong effects of positive childhood experiences (PACEs) can mitigate the detrimental effects of adverse ones. ACES and PACEs: A Developmental Perspective
    In this episode of Rise Resilient, I speak with Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris, the co-author of, "Adverse and Protective Childhood Experiences: A developmental Perspective". We chat about her research on the resources and relationships that can protect a child from the impacts of early childhood adversity, on how we can acknowledge and work through our own ACEs as parents, and what this all means in the time of COVID-19.
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    By integrating existing knowledge about ACEs with developmental research on preventing, buffering, and treating the effects of adversity, stress, and trauma on child development and subsequent health and functioning, this book identifies the most important of these PACEs.
    It provides an interdisciplinary lens from which to view the multiple types of effects of enduring childhood experiences, and recommends evidence-based approaches for protecting children and repairing the enduring negative consequences of ACEs they face as adults.
    Students, researchers, clinicians, and health-care providers can use this research to understand the science of early life adversity, lifelong resilience, and related intervention and prevention programming to help those suffering from the lifelong effects of ACEs.
    Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris is a Regents Professor and the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Child Development at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. She is also an adjunct professor at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) and a co-investigator on the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) national study. Dr. Morris is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, socio-emotional development, early life adversity, and risk and resilience. She is the Editor in Chief for the "Journal of Research on Adolescence" and is an Associate Editor for the journal "Adversity and Resilience Science: Research and Practice" published by Springer/Nature. She is co-author of the recently published book "Adverse and Protective Childhood Experiences: A Developmental Perspective" published by the American Psychological Association.

    Website: https://www.cadlabosu.org/our-team.html
    Book: https://www.apa.org/pubs/books/adverse-protective-childhood-experiences

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    • 30 min
    Episode 1: From "shut up", to "SPEAK UP" and listen with Wakefield Brewster

    Episode 1: From "shut up", to "SPEAK UP" and listen with Wakefield Brewster

    Wakefield Brewster aka: DaLyrical Pitbull, is a Professional Poet and Spoken Word Artist, educator, and mental health advocate whose energy is infectious. In this jam packed episode, Wakefield generously shares his journey through trauma, addiction, mental illness, recovery, and wellness, recently celebrating four and a half years sober, and a lifetime of resilience. We dive into one of his latest poems, Blackout, created at the height of the 2020 BLM movement, where he invites us to get uncomfortable and listen to the stories not only happening around us but also within us.
    Learn more: 
    Wakefield Brewster:
    Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Educator, Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Musician, Martial Artist, WakeFull Wellness - RMT, Speaker and Founder: Page2StageProductions.
    Contact: 
    Page2Page Productions wakefieldbrewster@yahoo.ca
    Wakefull Wellness: wakefullwellness@gmail.com

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    • 47 min
    Episode 13: the Art of Empathy with Salima Stanley-Bhanji

    Episode 13: the Art of Empathy with Salima Stanley-Bhanji

    Salima Stanley-Bhanji, is a lawyer, filmmaker, TEDXYYC speaker, and the CEO of Humainologie, a social enterprise in Calgary, Alberta that uses art to spread empathy, increase inclusion, and reduce discrimination. 
    In this conversation of Rise Resilient, Salima shares her journey to increase empathy in our cities, a journey that includes a vey personal account of growing up in Australia in the 1970's and the racism she experienced starting at a very young age. Today, she uses her experiences to advocate for more BiPOC representation, and although states "it is not a perfect science", believes empathy is a part of the road that can lead us there. 
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    Salima grew up in Australia, and has lived in India, New Zealand, Perú and Canada. She has produced/directed over 20 short films for Humainologie in three languages receiving 10 awards and over 20 selections at film festivals worldwide. She is a member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee and a mentor for SheMeets, which supports the success of women of colour. She values empathy, creativity, accountability, self awareness and unknowingness. She feels great privilege in being a mother to one small bundle of wonder.

    Learn more at: Humainologie
    Shop at: https://humainologie.myshopify.com/
    Watch Salima's films at: http://www.humainologie.com/films/
    Watch Salima's 2020 TED talk: https://tedxyyc.ca/speaker/salima-stanley-bhanji/



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    • 44 min
    Episode 12: Reclaiming Wellness for the BIPoC Community with Priscilla Cherry of The Colour Factor

    Episode 12: Reclaiming Wellness for the BIPoC Community with Priscilla Cherry of The Colour Factor

    "Inclusion is not an opportunity, it’s a necessity"-The Colour Factor

    Growing up watching Oprah on television, Priscilla Cherry, was inspired to see women of colour in positions of power, with the hopes that she may also one day join them on stage. She pursued her passion for storytelling and has worked with ET Canada, LIVE with Kelly, and Breakfast Television, aspired to create that same feeling of connectedness for others.

    After experiencing several back to back losses, Priscilla took some time off to find the root of her storytelling message; mental health advocacy and making others feel a little less alone. She started working for Canada’s largest mental health organization where she facilitated wellness workshops, wrote, hosted and produced #RecoveryIsPossible: A Mental Health Podcast. Today, Priscilla is the co-founder and Director of Operations at, The Colour Factor, a Non-Profit organization aimed at decolonizing and reclaiming mental health and wellness for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

    Priscilla believes that no one is exempt from dealing with mental health concerns and no matter what your story is, you too can transform your pain into purpose.

    Find the Colour Factor at: 

    https://thecolourfactor.com/




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    • 30 min

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