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The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience at UCCS (the Institute) aims to advance human resilience to adversity by designing evidence-based solutions through interdisciplinary research, healing therapies, and community training and empowerment.

Become a GRIT Coach

The best way to support the GRIT Program is to become a GRIT Coach. Building resilience in your network can have the ripple effect of touching many people’s lives and will create change throughout your circle and many others.

Recruit for Greater Resilience

Sharing the program with people you know would be great GRIT Coaches, you will expand your reach as well as ours. As a GRIT Coach, you are an example in your community, making your endorsement and recruitment meaningful. Being a GRIT Coach, you will also know the benefits of how this program helps you as you help others. Share GRIT with your community and build an even more extensive network, reaching more individuals who may be struggling.


If you would like to be part of a worldwide change that builds upon the strength we all have within ourselves, please consider donating. Your donation, just like your help as a GRIT Coach, will combine with the efforts of people around the world like you and will support universal change. At the heart of GRIT and the Institute, we have the strength and resilience to build a brighter future together.

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The free GRIT program is supported by Lyda Hill Philanthropies and donations to the Institute. If you would like contribute to the continuation of the GRIT program, please consider donating here.
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LIFE HAPPENS. BE READY. The Greater Resilience Information Toolkit (GRIT) is a free online self-guided resilience training that can be utilized within your own social networks after your community has experienced a trauma.

“I had one conversation with an 11-year-old girl. I am a physician. She has been my patient for many years. She and her mother came to [the] clinic for an asthma follow-up appointment and with COVID questions. I asked her about ‘worry’ or anxiety in her life and she said ‘yes.’ We had a conversation. I gave the mother GRIT info and we discussed other resources. Also at my office we have offered our employees (about 30 people) time on the clock to do 5-6 hours of GRIT training and shared the website info with them.”

“I feel like I was able to connect with a peer and a staff member. While the meeting remained professional, I feel like I connected with them in a more personal or meaningful way. It wasn’t all about ‘work,’ it was about how they are doing.”

“I was able to reach out to my community partners during a meeting last week. Our last couple of meetings had been canceled due to COVID and I was able to arrange a zoom meeting. I organized a check in with everyone and they all spoke about what their agencies were doing related to COVID to help their clients, consumers, patients, etc. I spoke about the importance of taking care of ourselves, that we cannot continue to help others if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. I was able to share the information about GRIT training with them.”