Rebound started as a small pilot program at Reality Ministries, when students from their after-school program needed a place to be when they were suspended short-term.
MSW Lizzie Ellis-Furlong had spent time in an internship at Boomerang, an Alternative to Suspension program in Durham, so during the 2012-13 academic year, she and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Pam Gray decided to pilot a similar program in Durham. The program succeeded at providing strengths-focused interventions for youth on short-term suspension in Durham, and received overwhelming support from participating youth, families, and school and community stakeholders to continue. In 2014, Rebound moved into the Durham Teen Center and began its partnership with Durham Public Schools.
Since Fall 2014, Rebound has been the main provider of alternative to suspension day programming in Durham. We partner with Durham Public Schools, the Durham Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Elna B. Spaulding Center for Conflict Resolution, and The Durham Teen Center, as well as various other community agencies.
The Rebound program provides a supportive environment for adolescents to achieve the following goals:
- Stay up-to-date with schoolwork during short-term suspension
- Identify root causes of suspension, including student behavior and systemic issues
- Address root causes of suspension in order to:
- prevent juvenile crime (and other risky behaviors) during out of school time and
- prevent future suspensions
- Develop sources of resilience in youth by:
- gaining self-knowledge and improving self-esteem
- identifying personal strengths and goals
- increasing skills in leadership, conflict management and effective communication skills
- Promote social connectedness by reconnecting youth with families, school staff, and the larger community
Minimally, Rebound provides assistance with school work and supervision.
Maximally, Rebound implements effective interventions that result in positive engagement with school and the community.