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Be the One is a Resilient Yolo project.

Resilient Yolo is a collaboration among Yolo County, California agencies, organizations, and individuals committed to creating a more resilient community where all can thrive. We are a local chapter of ACEs Connection Network. To learn more about Resilient Yolo, please visit https://www.acesconnection.com/g/yolo-county-ca-aces.


Resilient Yolo developed the Be the One campaign to provide a concrete way for communities to encourage positive social connections in multiple settings This accessible, evidence-informed campaign is based on research that demonstrates one way both to prevent and heal from adversity is through safe, stable, nurturing relationships. While encouraging all of us to create more caring connections, the Be the One campaign also invites communities to dialogue about the impact of Adverse Childhood (and Community) Experiences (ACEs) and the science of resilience. Resilient Yolo created the campaign in Yolo County, but it is for anyone and everyone anywhere and everywhere. All of us have the ability (and the responsibility) to Be the One.


Research shows caring positive relationships support healthy child development, promote adaptive responses to stress, and contribute to positive mental and physical health. (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/essentials-for-childhood-framework508.pdf.) We can feel the power of social connections in everyday life. We feel less stress when we get a hug from a friend or a smile from a stranger on a bad day. Our resilience is strengthened when we know someone in our life will support us in a crisis, reach out when we need empathy, or bear witness in tough times. We feel the power of connection when we feel seen and truly heard by others. Caring relationships have the power to recharge, inspire, comfort, and transform us. We have the power to do the same for others when we invest in connection.


Being the One is as simple as smiling, listening, caring, and sharing with those we encounter each day. The world we want is ours to create through our intentions, actions and reactions. Join us!


We would like to recognize the work of Natalie Audage and Lucy Morse Roberts in developing the materials for the Be the One project.  We also want to recognize Tracy Fauver's leadership with Resilient Yolo. We are grateful to Gail Kennedy with ACEs Connection Network for her assistance with research and her partnership.

We are also grateful for youth involvement and commitment to creating positive change in the world. The 2018 Building a Resilient Yolo Youth Leadership Team, comprised of high school students from across Yolo County, gave the first Be the One presentation. Additionally, Amelia Allison (a high school senior at the time) gave a Be the One presentation at the 2019 Youth Empowerment Summit.

Finally, much gratitude to the Yolo County organizations that helped launch the project, specifically the Yolo County Office of Education and the Yolo County Library and the campaign's founding partners...

  • ACEs Connection Network
  • All Leaders Must Serve
  • CommuniCare
  • Early Years
  • Empower Yolo
  • Family Hui/Lead4Tomorrow
  • Help Me Grow
  • Origins
  • Quality Counts Yolo
  • Travis Credit Union
  • Woodland United Way
  • Yolo County CASA
  • Yolo County Children's Alliance
  • Yolo County HHSA
  • Yolo Quality Counts
  • Yolo SELPA