A burgeoning epidemic is reaching crisis proportions in our underserved communities: the mental health of our area’s children and teens. Traumatized by the effects of COVID-19, their future — our future — faces even great peril today as they develop through childhood without access to the tools and supports that help them grow into happy, healthy, and productive citizens.

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is spearheading the charge to help our area’s youth start ahead — and stay ahead.

Thanks to an initiative called “Rebound & Recovery,” the Foundation has convened a partnership between Florida State University’s School of Social Work and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County to build and scale its cognitive-based therapy model to build social-emotional skills, which will help them — and their parents and caregivers — build resilience through tough times.

To date, more than 1,500 children have experienced the transformative power of the program; but there are thousands more who need its tools to thrive.

With your philanthropic partnership, the Community Foundation can maintain, sustain, and grow this mental health movement for the greater good of our communities.

Rebound & Recovery: An Evidence-Based Program for Children, Teens, and Families

Developed by FSU’s Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children

To help children in the panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael, Rebound & Recovery is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and focuses on helping children from pre-kindergarten through pre-teens to manage their emotions.

Its lessons teach the process of how their thoughts, feelings, and actions work together. The interactive course uses age-appropriate activities to help children regulate their emotions so that they develop ownership of their feelings and actions.

Testing Grounds

The initiative is tapping into the Boys & Girls Clubs’ existing infrastructure to reach at-risk youth. In January 2022, the center’s team started training 38 Boys & Girls Clubs staffers and administrators in the Rebound & Recovery curriculum throughout 14 Palm Beach County clubs. To date, over 1,500 children ages 4-11 have gone through the Rebound & Recovery courses in underserved areas that span Palm Beach County’s borders.

The FSU center is currently developing a modified version of the curriculum targeting teens. The tailored adolescent curriculum is based on Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, a therapeutic approach that uses CBT techniques to help teenagers deal with trauma.

Parent- and caregiver-specific programming is also in the works. The Boys & Girls Clubs are layering in Project FACT — Fathers and Children Together — to holistically address the emotional support needed from parents to make Rebound & Recovery’s lessons effective for life.

Philanthropy has the Power to Amplify Impact on this Issue

Working with our philanthropic partners, the Community Foundation has underwritten the development and launch of Rebound & Recovery in Palm Beach County.

The Stoops Family Foundation, led by local philanthropists Aggie and Jeffrey Stoops, provided the lead gift for the Palm Beach County initiative. In addition, financial support from Christina and Benjamin Macfarland and Julie Fisher Cummings have bolstered the initial investment.

Still, more funding is needed to make Rebound & Recovery permanent, sustainable, and scalable. Your philanthropic partnership can make a difference in the mental health of our area’s youth now — and forever.


Mary Katherine Morales
Senior Director for Development and Foundation Philanthropy
(561) 951-3450