We Envision

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


THRIVE Workshop: Community and Youth Resilience

THRIVE Workshop focused on building personal resilience and being a champion for others About this Event When: Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 8:00 AM 3:30 PM – Fri, 21 Feb 2020, 8:00 AM CST – 12:00 PM CST Where: Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center 855 Palisades Road Southwest Mount Vernon, IA 52314 (Directions) Buy Tickets…

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Schools & Safaris: Resilience in Action, Africa, July 2020

“As we strengthen others, we strengthen ourselves. In collaboration with trusted partners, our professional development trips are designed to grow your resilience through deep rejuvenation, connection with other extraordinary worldmakers, soul enriching experiences, and meaningful opportunities to serve communities in need.” ~Mollie Marti, CEO, National Resilience Institute Our 7 day African adventure focuses on learning…

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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.

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Our Impact

Connecting and Equipping Human Resilience Builders

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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…

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Changing Lives in Real Time

We want to tell you a story about a recent THRIVE Workshop participant who reminded us of the power of taking inspired action toward our big why… but first some context. Using a trauma informed framework, NRI teaches how to engage with people in a way that acknowledges the role that trauma or toxic stress might play in their lives. One key principle from trauma informed care is that all…

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