We Envision

  • A nation where every person feels connected to community and supported to thrive.
Equipping Hope Builders


Resilient Leadership: Creating a Culture of Resilience

Date And Time: Mon, 1 July 20198:30 AM – 4:00 PM CDT Location: CRST International Mount Mercy Graduate Center1650 Matterhorn Drive NortheastCedar Rapids, IA 52402 Get Direction – View map The objectives for this training are to help participants grow leadership skills, embrace true collaboration and a dedication to workforce resilience, and cultivate cultures of…

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Resilience First Aid Series: Community Crisis Response with David Schonfeld…

Wed, 10 April 2019 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT Cost: 0$- 25$ Get Tickets Now! LocationCRST International Graduate Center1650 Matterhorn Drive NortheastCedar Rapids, IA 52402 Supporting Children, Adults and Community at Times of Crisis and Loss Crisis and loss are common in the lives of youth, whether due to a death or crisis…

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What We Do & Why We Do It

Who We Are

Who We Are

The question for communities across the country is becoming not whether adversity will strike, but when. Inspired by the tragic loss of young lives, the National Resilience Institute began as a grassroots community resiliency project. Its mission was to stop the loss of life and to find proven solutions to build more resilient kids, families, and communities.

What unfolded was a five-year quest that took us across the country and around the globe in search of evidence-based skills and tools that empower people to prepare for, adapt to, and grow through traumatic disruptions with strength.

We invite you to join us on our journey as we continue our mission to research, educate, and advocate for a more resilient nation.

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What We Do

Put simply, we help the helpers. In order to build a more resilient nation, we help guide those that are dedicated to strengthening others and supporting people impacted by trauma.

We facilitate multi-disciplinary collaborations to create innovative solutions that equip resilience builders to grow strength in themselves and those they serve.

Our evidence-informed programs translate the language of science into practical tools that grow human resilience.

Why We Do It

The National Resilience Institute wants individuals and communities to feel prepared and empowered to respond to these challenges with resilience and strength. Through our collaborative research, education, and advocacy, we innovate solutions that grow human resilience. It is our hope to put skills and tools into the hands of those who need it most, the helpers, to create a world in which everyone can thrive.

Building Resilience

Our Impact

Connecting and Equipping Human Resilience Builders

Resilience Resources


Recent Posts


An Invitation to Resilient Leadership

A few years ago, Robert Near, a Veteran working for HealthWest in West Michigan, held a workgroup for CEOs, directors, administrators, and other leaders within his community.  The objective was to facilitate conversations like Peter Block recommends in his book Community: The Structure of Belonging. This is a process of working through issues in a facilitated manner with the goal of raising awareness and solving problems.    As most community…

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Creating Positive Cultures

Note: This is Part 3 of a series on The Ultimate Wellbeing in Education Conference (#IPENWellBeingEd) conference that our CEO, Dr. Mollie Marti, attended in London. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Being a practitioner of positive psychology, I greatly enjoyed hearing Dr. Martin Seligman present his five factor PERMA framework. The following factors support resilience and wellness: Positive emotions. Although we each have base set point (as…

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