Bounce Back Generation's mission is to help individuals, families, organizations and systems bounce back from toxic stress and trauma by building and sharing practical tools for resilience.
In 2011, we began our work as the Healthy Generations Project in a public housing community in San Francisco. A grandmother told us "we are all suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder" because of the constant presence of violent crime, drug use, poverty, institutional racism, and domestic dysfunction. That moment set us on a journey to understand how stress and trauma were impacting the community, and inspired us to work together to build resilience.
With the wisdom of the community and intensive study into the leading scientific research on the health impacts of trauma and toxic stress, we have created and tested practical tools that have improved educational achievement, support healthy childhood development, increase community involvement, and transform individuals in our participant communities.
One of our proudest achievements is our peer hiring and training program: parents, grandparents, and concerned community members are the change agents for themselves, their families, and communities--what we call “resilience-builders”. We believe our model can be achieved in any group, large and small. We can help organizations, teams, families, and individuals put our tools into practice: with our 6 Building Blocks to Resilience, Reboot the Village process, and Roadmap to Resilience, we offer easy-to-implement large scale systems changes. Our staff is mostly comprised of former peer trainees, bringing years of experience as resilience-builders in their community and personal lives.
By becoming a Resilience-Builder, each of us has an opportunity to improve outcomes for this generation, and generations to come.