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The Project came into existence in 2011 in response to the town of Mount Vernon, Iowa losing three teens to suicide within six months. When community leaders looked to other post-crises communities for guidance on the best steps forward, they found few resources.

Under the direction of resiliency researcher and community member Dr. Mollie Marti, Mount Vernon moved forward toward healing the community and strengthening its youth. Designated a pilot Thriving Community by the Project, Mount Vernon continues the work of recovering from these tragedies and proactively growing resilience.

In 2012, the Project applied for nonprofit status with a vision of supporting other communities to build the capacity of their youth to cope with and grow through adversity and create an environment in which no life is lost to suicide.

The Project is dedicated to empowering communities to support youth in growing their hope, resiliency, and appreciation for life’s possibilities. We are passionate about the advancement of well-being through research-based education and providing resources that empower communities to engage, connect, challenge, and empower youth.

Our Learning Center provides educators, mental health and health care practitioners, parents, and community leaders with high impact, practical ways to proactively strengthen the capacity of youth to grow through adversity and thrive. This work builds on our research-based ECCE Model of Community Resiliency.

Our Thriving Community initiative helps communities recovering from crises to create an environment in which members can heal and grow stronger. This includes supporting youth to envision, expect, and experience a lifetime of engagement, connection, growth, and contribution in community with others.

We look forward to partnering with you to positively impact the health and well-being of your community and youth!


Community Resiliency Project News & Press Releases

CRP News

Community Resiliency Project Extends Helping Hand to Grieving Community Posted Apr 29, 2014 By CRI Admin

Read how Dr. Mollie Marti, CEO of the Community Resiliency Project, aided a Wisconsin community reeling after the loss of young lives to suicide…and be

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Where is Your Heartbreak Calling You? Posted Apr 18, 2014 By Dr. Mollie Marti

As I was preparing to travel to a small community that lost a child as the fourth person to suicide this year, I heard about

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Bringing Message of Hope, Help and Healing Posted Apr 16, 2014 By CRI Admin

The Community Resiliency Project was called to western Iowa to provide post-crisis consulting, educate about minimizing risk of contagion, and facilitate a community conversation about

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What is your B-HAG? Posted Mar 18, 2014 By CRI Admin

by Scott Erickson,  Strategic Communications intern for the Community Resiliency Project. Most people read the term B-HAG and have little or no idea what the acronym

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How Do You Catch a Black Cat at Night? Posted Mar 06, 2014 By CRI Admin

Guest contribution by Scott Erickson Many people may look at my life and think I have it in order.  I’m currently a student athlete at

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Press Releases

Community Resiliency Project Announces Inaugural Board Members. Posted Nov 30, 2012 By Dr. Mollie Marti

Nonprofit organization seeks advice of nine experienced leaders in business, government, media, youth wellness, and community change to guide mission of empowering communities to grow

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Community Resiliency Project seeks to destigmatize teen mental health issues and provide research-based solutions to grow stronger youth. Posted Oct 30, 2012 By Dr. Mollie Marti

Small Iowa town that experienced wakeup call with tragic loss of three teens to suicide now turning toward helping other communities build an environment in

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