In the 2013-14 school year 5,235 students received short-term suspensions, an average of 29 students per day. Students are suspended for disruptive behavior, fighting, substance use, truancy, conflict with school staff or peers, and other violations of school policy. Research indicates that students who are suspended short-term are at risk for engaging in criminal activity, lagging behind academically, and dropping out of school. High-quality interventions are critical for at-risk students during out-of-school time.
Rebound is modeled after Boomerang, a proven and successful alternative to suspension program in Chapel Hill, NC. Both programs focus on resiliency and are strengths-focused, evidence-based practices for working with youth.
Short-term suspension can be an indication that adolescents are coping with chronic stress caused by poverty, family or peer conflict, mental health issues, trauma, substance abuse, low self-esteem, low literacy or educational attainment, criminal or gang involvement, and more.
Rebound provides positive activities that focus on students’ strengths and resiliency. Individual and group counseling sessions are designed to encourage students to think and talk about their sources of strengths: their abilities, their talents, the people who love them, their short-term goals, and their hopes and dreams for the future.
Students who are engaged in positive ways improve their abilities to overcome obstacles and are empowered to reach their personal goals.