Charity Returns to its Roots to Lead Community Resilience Event in Mount Vernon
Cedar Rapids, IA — The National Resilience Institute (NRI) will provide a Community Resiliency THRIVE Workshop on Thursday and Friday, February 20-21 at the Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center in Mount Vernon. Trainers include Dr. Mollie Marti, a psychologist and long-time resident of Mount Vernon. She will be joined by Paula Stephens, Director of Programming from Colorado, and Kristen Hayes, Youth THRIVE Coordinator from Virginia.
Nine years ago, Marti started a community resiliency project that has grown into NRI in the aftermath of Mount Vernon losing three students to suicide during the 2010-11 school year. The THRIVE Model that she developed serves as the foundation of workshops that have been widely taught to support resilience building in the areas of education, crisis response, military community, and organizational workforce.
Over the past years, this framework has been taught across the United States, as well as in Australia, Canada, and the UK. Upcoming events are scheduled in the US, England, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Yet, Marti says, when it comes to sharing this work, there is no place like home.
“Providing a research informed framework for THRIVE Champions to build resilience within their schools, organizations and communities is essential, but the work itself will always be done within community. We heal and thrive in relationship with each other. Our Iowa workshops, especially those in the communities where we raised our family or I lived as a child, are especially rewarding.” Marti currently is supporting programming for the school district in her hometown of Waukon, Iowa, an area that recently has experienced several losses to suicide.
Marti is grateful for the work of the nonprofit NRI and for the funders who make it possible to provide low or no cost opportunities for resilience education. “From the beginning, The McIntyre Foundation has provided essential support for our local programming. A current grant from Mental Health Disability Services, East Central Region, supports free programming for schools and communities in nine Iowa counties, including our February workshop for Mount Vernon and Lisbon.”
With two decades of experience as a resilience researcher and educator, Marti is a passionate advocate of community-based resilience work. “Life can bring us hard stuff and heartbreaking experiences. Too often our society offers grit or personal hardiness as the best response. This is not what the science of resilience shows. What people most need is social support and resources. When a community comes together to actively support each other and prepare for adversity, they can create paths to repair, healing, and the possibility of thriving.”
On February 20-21, participants may attend both days of training or Thursday only. The first day will provide a framework and tools to strengthen self and others. The second day will include additional leadership tools and support participants in engaging others to help create a culture of thriving.
Individuals wishing to register may do so here. Tickets for the workshop are free for residents of Mount Vernon and Lisbon but space is limited and registration is required.