Is Your Teen Struggling with Engagement and Motivation in School?

Rising Resilience:
Nurturing Engaged & Empowered Teens
The teen years are a roller-coaster, filled with ups, downs, and challenging loops. This guide is your companion to understand the heart of their academic struggles and offer effective, caring solutions. Crafted for both parents and educators, it delves into the reasons behind their waning motivation and offers practical steps to rekindle their academic enthusiasm. As Helen Keller rightly said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Let's come together to guide our teens towards a brighter, more inspired future.


  • Deeper Understanding: Gain insights into the intricate world of teens and the unique challenges they face.
  • ​Empathetic Approach: Learn how to connect and communicate with empathy, fostering trust and understanding.
  • Effective Strategies: Discover actionable steps tailored to boost teen motivation and engagement in school.
  • Collaborative Solutions: Equip yourself with tools that promote a collaborative approach between educators and parents.
  • ​Enhanced Relationships: Strengthen your bond with the teens in your life by addressing their needs and concerns.
  • ​Long-Term Impact: Invest in strategies that not only solve immediate issues but also lay the foundation for lifelong learning and resilience.


  • Research-Backed Content: Information and strategies grounded in the latest adolescent research.
  • Real-life Scenarios: Practical examples that mirror everyday challenges, providing context and clarity.
  • Step-by-Step Tips: Clear, concise, and easy-to-follow recommendations for both educators and parents.
  • Inspirational Quotes: Thought-provoking quotes sprinkled throughout to inspire and resonate.
  • Holistic Approaches: Focus on emotional, psychological, and academic well-being.
  • ​Interactive Elements: Engaging quizzes, reflection prompts, and actionable takeaways for readers to actively participate and apply learnings.

"The Rose That Grew from Concrete" 

This poem highlights the idea of growth and beauty
 emerging from adversity or challenging circumstances. 

Here's a brief excerpt:

"Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk without having feet."
~Tupac Shakur~

About the Author

A rose that grew from concrete.
Davina Lyons is that rose that grew from concrete.  She is not just an educator but a beacon of inspiration in adolescent empowerment. She has a rich background as an eighth-grade English language arts teacher and has keenly observed teens' myriad challenges and triumphs. Her deep-seated love for education, stemming from the lasting impressions left by her teachers, has shaped her ethos and approach. These formative influences continue to drive her today, fueling her passion for unlocking the latent potential in every teen. As the founder of Rising Resilience, Davina integrates her experiences as a teacher, award-winning speaker, author, and ardent advocate for youth empowerment. Her ventures as a business owner and the executive director of a nonprofit have further fortified her commitment to making a genuine difference. At the heart of her endeavors lies a steadfast commitment to authenticity, making her a trusted figure among educators and parents. Through Rising Resilience, she aspires to bridge the chasm between potential and achievement, ensuring every teen's journey is not just navigated but truly celebrated.
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