I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Shannon LaRance and I joined Rebound, Alternatives for Youth in August as the Director of Operations. I am from Arizona and am Native American – Navajo (Dine Nation), Hopi, and Assiniboine Sioux. I moved to the Raleigh-Durham area seven months ago and took some time off to enjoy this beautiful area.
I graduated with my Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) and Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Arizona State University. I am licensed with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Services.
My most recent work was as a Director of Contact Center Operations at Crisis Response Network, a 24/7 Behavioral Health Contact center in Arizona. The contact center provides crisis phone triage and assist people who are dealing with psychiatric symptoms, suicidal or self-harming thoughts, substance abuse symptoms, and many other crisis situations. I have also been a Quality Assurance Program Monitor, case manager for children, a hospice social worker, and a consultant to small businesses on systems implementation through my consultation company, Individual Empowerment.
When it was time to look for my next adventure, I was drawn to Rebound’s mission and working with high school students. It was imperative that the agency I work for be strengths-based, as that is a core element of being a social worker. I was drawn to the ability to utilize my profession as a Social Worker, my clinical skill set, and my operations management skills in one position. The mission of Rebound focuses on a student’s strength and resiliency while they gain the skills for future success.
It has been a busy September here at Rebound – since opening on September 12, we have already served 33 students on short term suspension. My colleagues (Program Specialist Cimarron Reed, DPS Teacher Shelia Washington, MSW Interns Andrea Liles, Elissa Rumer, and Terrell Poe) and I have a passion for working with students in achieving their short and long term goals. We are excited to come into the program and assist students in completing homework, talking with students about making better choices, and providing opportunities for growth. The students have been willing to be a part of the program. After a 10 day suspension, one student indicated, “Rebound showed me that I have possibilities for a successful future, even if I have made a mistake.” Hearing statements like that validated my choice to join Rebound.
As I move forward to my first year at Rebound, I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the past and current supporters of Rebound, its mission, and our Durham high school students. I have been very impressed at the closeness of the residents of Durham and your investment in community organizations. Your continued commitment to our program and community is highly appreciated. We look forward to another successful year.
I have already begun to meet Rebound’s partners and colleagues around Durham, and I look forward to developing those relationships as Rebound grows. Please feel free to reach out if we have not yet met in person.
If you have any questions or would like to visit our program – please free to contact me at your convenience.
Director of Operations
Rebound, Alternatives for Youth
Direct: (984) 377-7239
Referrals: (919) 408-2517
Rebound had many successes in the 2015-16 year, including serving students on 265 individual suspensions, hosting successful conflict mediations for 42 students, and matching 17 students with community mentors. Read more about our 2015-16 results in our Annual Report Snapshot:Rebound 2015-16 Snapshot
Dear Friends of Rebound,
The Board and Staff of Rebound would like to express its sincerest thanks to Pam Gray for the work that she has put in over the last four years building Rebound. Pam transitioned out of her position at Rebound this summer. During her years of leadership, Pam worked to build Rebound from a small program into a robust independent nonprofit with partners across the Durham community.
Pam’s passion for helping young people identify their strengths, and her expert skill as a social worker, have established Rebound as a safe landing space for high school students on short term suspension. Students and parents consistently appreciate the welcoming and caring atmosphere of the program, which is borne out by its growth from a pilot program that served students on 23 suspensions in the spring of 2014 to a comprehensive program that served young people on 265 suspensions in the 201516 school year. As Rebound continues to grow, its success will always be rooted in the work that Pam has contributed in these early years.
Pam also provided a rich learning experience for many Masters of Social Work Interns from NC Central.
Pam’s parting message is:
“It has been both extremely rewarding and challenging to start Rebound and I am proud of the good work that we have accomplished. It has been my pleasure to serve youth and families who need our services in Durham. Thank you for working with us to offer positive alternatives to suspension and thinking differently about these youth. I want to especially thank the Rebound youth and their families for giving me the privilege to learn and serve them.”
We appreciate the work that Pam has done to bring this needed service to Durham, and we are proud to be part of a community that invests so much in its young people.
Teka Dempson, Board President