Leaders, Celebrities Share Stories of Everyday Courage & Community Resilience

Apr. 15, 2014 / By

There are times when life experiences are overwhelming and even traumatic. But in the face of adversity, it is the people and resources we have to turn to that make all the difference. In March, the California Endowment hosted “Health Happens with Everyday Courage,” a conference that brought together celebrities and community leaders to support community-based solutions for building resilience to chronic stress and trauma. During the half-day event, inspiring creatives and community members shared their tales of resilience and brought out the everyday courage in all of us. While daily stress is normal, traumatic stress, especially without the right support, is strongly associated with increases in the risks of lifelong physical and socio-emotional health problems.

In the video above, VoiceWaves spoke to attendees about the different ways that courage and peace can help inspire collective action.

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Christopher Covington

Throughout high school and post-­graduation, Chris has dedicated his time in organizations and city­ based entities that allow him to contribute to his community and follow his passion. Currently, Chris is a former community organizer for Khmer Girls in Action, Community Relations Manager for the California Correction Peace Officers Association, Restorative Justice Family Conference Facilitator and Youth Program Lead Facilitator for the California Conference for Equality and Justice. He is also currently holds leadership positions for The California Endowment’s President Youth Council – Ambassadors for Youth, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation’s National Youth Advisory Board, Long Beach Young Democratic Club Executive Board, Latin American Community Center Board and The Long Beach Advocates for Change Leadership Board, The Every Student Matters Campaign and The National Dignity in School Campaign Coordinating Committee.