Where We Are
In August 2016, Rebound is poised for another year of growth and deepening its impact in the Durham community.
It has been a summer of change for us, as Rebound co-founder Pam Gray transitioned out of the organization. We are grateful for her deep dedication students on suspension and her diligence in building a community-based option where students could experience a fresh environment as a starting point for change. Durham is better off because of the years she spent building Rebound.
This fall, we are pleased to welcome Shannon LaRance, LMSW, as Director of Program Operations. She has dedicated her 20 year social work career to helping individuals find the supports they need to make positive change. We look forward to the positive energy and new ideas that she will bring to Rebound.
As we continue our partnership with Durham Public Schools, we are working together to support the system’s new School Climate and Prevention Policy. One way that we hope to do this is by working to be open 5 days a week, so that students can serve their full suspension at Rebound without days at home. We have also worked to improve the process of sending and receiving work for students who are at Rebound or at home. We are grateful to DPS for entrusting their students with us, and look forward to supporting their work with students.
This year we will serve 12 youth daily at the City of Durham’s Teen Center, which continues to provide space for the program. Teens often choose to remain at the Teen Center after program hours to just hang out with friends, continue working on schoolwork, or take advantage of some of the programs offered there. Rebound’s partnership with the Teen Center has been a source of strength for the program.
The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) has also awarded funding to Rebound for a third year. This year, the JCPC is focused on fostering collaboration between its programs.
Durham Public Schools, the City of Durham, and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council are just a few of the organizations that have made this program possible. The Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park, Two Birds One Stone consulting, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Watts Baptist Church, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Square One Bank, as well many individual donors have all come together to ensure that youth on suspension in Durham receive the support they need to stay engaged and be successful.
Where We’re Going
In 2016, with partnerships in place and a proven track record, Rebound is poised to receive more support from both the public and private sectors in the form of grants, plus individual and group donations. Our plan this year is to form an Advisory Board consisting of youth, parents, school staff, and community stakeholders to evaluate the current program, and create a strategic plan for the future.
Where We’ve Been
Rebound started as a small pilot program at Reality Ministries, serving students from their after-school program when they were suspended short-term. Rebound is modeled after Boomerang at the Chapel Hill YMCA. School year 2012-13 was the pilot year for the Rebound program. 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.
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.