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Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

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Tenacity & Resilience

Tenacity - working hard even when we face challenges and our project isn't fun anymore.

Resilience - Choosing to try again even after we have failed.

SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

Why Act Now?

As we learn about injustice, challenging issues, and hardship, we're going to face setbacks and failure. By staying tenacious and resilient, we can keep working together toward the future we want.

Resilience Toolkit for Activist Kids

Daring Greatly & Failing Spectacularly

1. GET CURIOUS

Learn

How does this issue impact YOU and the people you care about?

2. TALK & DEBATE

Ask

Who's willing to be open and honest with you about this issue?

3. SET GOALS

Think

What activities help you ponder & create solutions?

4. CHANGE & ADVOCATE

Action

Which simple steps can kids like you make towards change?

STEP 1: 5 MINUTES

Get Curious: Pick A Story

Which stories and videos make you interested in learning more about this issue?

Ages 6 months+

How We Eat

CHOSEN BY KYRIARCHY-SMASHING KIDS

Best Kids Books on Resilience

STEP 2: 10 MINUTES

Ask Questions

Talk about this topic with an adult who you trust to be honest with you..

When...

When have you failed at something you tried your best at?

Who...

What setbacks did our ancestors and activist elders face when fighting for the rights we have today?

How did they stay resilient?

How...

What opportunities and resources* do we have that makes it easier for us to recover from setbacks?

How would our lives be different if we didn't have these safety nets?

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family eating together

*How to talk about privilege with kids: Acknowledging our opportunities and resources (and what to do about it)

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STEP 3: USE WHAT YOU HAVE

Get Creative

Flex your brain using what you've learned & discover what's within your control to change.

Samantha Cotterill's Feeling better printable poster
Toddlers & Pre-K

It Was Supposed To Be Sunny

Practice coping strategies for kids feeling frustrated, overwhelmed & upset.

Find more resources featuring #OwnVoices neurodiversity-friendly resources and kids books on Samantha Cotterill's website.

Read It Was Supposed To Be Sunny (ages 2.5+)

Elementary

The Most Magnificient Thing (Retold)

Using a children's book on resilience, create a new way of telling this story and record your own spin on it like the students at Elmwood School in Ottowa.

Elementary+

Make Your Own Daruma Doll

Create your own Daruma doll & discuss how the Japanese proverb 'Fall down 7 times, get up 8' has impacted Japanese American culture and resilience from WWII internment through modern-day anti-Asian racism.

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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IT'S STILL OKAY TO LAUGH

Hard conversations with humor & joy

Every month the Luminary Braintrust tackles a new member challenge to make talking about social justice easier in real life.

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Whether it's time, money, or our voice - we all have something to contribute.

if you have $15

Invest in Indigenous Youth Resilience

The Medicine Wheels Youth Initiative empowers Indigenous youth who face extreme poverty and high rates of suicide and chronic addiction.

if you have 10 minutes

Support A Friend

Ask a friend: What does support look like for you when you're facing hardship?

Create a check-in schedule you're both comfortable with, and a quick way to show you're ready to listen (like texting each other cute cat gifs).

If you have 5 friends

Amplify & Boost

Share this toolkit with 5 friends who would appreciate your help tackling these topics as a family.

DIG DEEPER

Bonus Resources

Share what worked for your family (and what didn't).

Add the resources you suggest in the comments below to help families like yours.

PODCAST

Keeping Our Wits

How to keep political horrors from breaking us: Reorienting ourselves toward core values & how to self-regulate before we get back in the fray.

WORKSHOP

Creating Brave Spaces

How to incorporate trauma-informed practices into story-time so kids can feel safe discussing their challenges.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Failure Partaaay

Join the Luminary Braintrust for our weekly Failure Parties, where we take responsibility for our flops and celebrate what we've learned.

TRAINING

Resilience Workshop

Learn practices to recover quickly when we’re knocked down by the world in this 1-hour workshop via Right To Be.

Stay Curious, Stand Brave & Smash The Kyriarchy

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Ashia (they/them or she/her)

I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

STAY IN TOUCH

Get free monthly email notifications when I publish new Family Action Toolkits

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JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

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Posts may contain affiliate links and  sponsorships, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

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