Resilient Futures - Bounce Forward

Resilient Futures

Skills Young Adults Need to Thrive

More and more we understand the importance enabling young people to be the change they want to see. None of us knows what is around the corner and so we need to equip the next generation with the skills and strategies to deal well with setbacks, learn to fail well and recognise how to thrive.

Young adults may have developed outstanding academic qualifications, or struggled through, either way they need to develop life skills. This moment is shining a light on what is important to human beings and what needs to change. For example the depth of inequality and bias that exists, the implications of a technology dominant world, and the impact of our behaviour on the environment, are all issues that we need to empower young people to effect. Teaching resilience will deliver on all of these.

Resilient Futures is a series of three, 90 minute webinars, on the science of resilience, why it is important and most importably how to build personal resilience. The webinars guide young adults through essential learning to understand how to get through challenging times, recognise that failure is part of success and learn how to look after themselves. In doing so they also learn to care for others. We have an opportunity, right now, a unique moment in our history, to make a difference, to be able to look back and be proud of how we responded to this situation in a way that helps young people thrive to a better future.

Want to find out more about bringing this into your college, university or other education setting? Contact us now.

Bounce Forward Resilient Futures  

Is a series of three on-line webinars. Find out more below.

  • Session 1: Personal resilience and positive mental health

    This session sets the tone and explores what we mean by resilience and why it is important. Positive mental health isn’t about being happy all of the time. It is the tangible steps we can take to look after ourselves that become good habits that enable us to function well in our daily lives. The importance of negative and positive emotions and how emotions are connected to both energy and performance are discussed.

  • Session 2: Optimism, hope and navigating uncertainty  

    This session explores the link between what we think, how we feel, and how we behave. Flexible and realistic thinking lies at the heart of resilience, it enables us to do the ‘right’ thing at the right time, so we achieve the best possible outcome. Learning to think optimistically and remaining wedded to reality is the key to the agency we believe we have and the difference we make.

  • Session 3: Communication, mindsets and personal strengths  

    Effective communication is essential for human connections and for change. Not being able to express oneself in a calm, clear and confident way can mean we become disconnected, give up and feel we cannot make a difference.

    This session explores human bias and how it exists in all of us. How we can make change happen through a growth mindset, through kindness and compassionate communication.

    Finally this session helps young adults identify their strengths and how to use them to best effect.


More Information

Here we have answered some frequently asked questions about Resilient Futures.

Click each question to reveal more.

  • What is included?

    The ‘live’ webinars can cater for groups of up to 25 young adults.

    Each of the three sessions is 90 minutes long.

    Activities and personal reflection instruction are provided for completion in between sessions. These are explored as a group at the start of each session.


  • Who is it for?

    The webinars are for groups of up to 25 young adults aged 18 -24.

    The group can be from the same setting or the same geographical area. One of the ‘hidden’ aims of the programme is to strengthen local connections. Perhaps bringing together young adults from different backgrounds who would not otherwise have been friends.

    16-18 year olds can be catered for if accompanied by a tutor or other adult. There is no additional charge for the adult to attend.


  • Do participants need to attend live?

    Yes, the programme is fully interactive.


  • Is Resilient Futures certified?

    Yes, each person who completes the three sessions will receive a certificate acknowledging the development hours.

    It is hoped the learning and development inspires attendees to become local champions for resilience as a set of tools for thriving futures.

  • Where is it?

    The webinars will take place on Zoom, an online platform.

    The Zoom app can be download for free here. Once installed on the device, simply click on the meeting link provided by us at the allocated time, and we will take care of the rest.

    There is a useful video tutorial on how to join a meeting here.

Click here to contact us with any questions, and to arrange Resilient Futures for your setting.

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What Young People Say

“This helps to look at situations in-depth rather than just how they seem on the surface.”

“It has helped me be more mature.”

“It has made me a calmer person. I don’t catastrophise as much anymore. I was snappy to make decisions in the past, but now I slow down and assess situations.”