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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

Affected families, neighbors, friends gather in Farley, IA to discuss ways to cope after the death of 4 teenage boys Posted Aug 27, 2014 By CRI Admin

After tragedy, support from WD community ‘wonderful’ Affected families, neighbors, friends gather in Farley to discuss ways to cope after the death of 4 teenage

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CRI helps WD community with tragedy VIDEO Posted Aug 27, 2014 By CRI Admin

CRI helps WD community with tragedy VIDEO By THOMAS J. BARTON TH staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:35 pm Jennifer Holub Tischer

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Community Resilience Institute helps individuals and communities cope when bad things happen Posted Aug 13, 2014 By CRI Admin

WD calls on grief expert in tragedy Community Resilience Institute helps individuals and communities cope when bad things happen. Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:00 am | Updated:

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Linn County Iowa selected as national Community Resilience pilot program Posted Aug 13, 2014 By Dr. Mollie Marti

Linn County, Iowa was selected as one of the first two pilot projects for the Community Resilience program by the National Research Council (NRC) and

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Western Dubuque community partnering with CRI in wake of tragedy Posted Aug 11, 2014 By CRI Admin

The Western Dubuque School District is partnering with a Mount Vernon organization in responding to the recent tragic death of four teenagers in Dubuque County.

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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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