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Resilient Futures

Skills Young Adults Need to Thrive

More and more we understand the importance of 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.

Resilient Futures is for young people aged 16+. You may be in a 6th form, a college, a university or a more informal education space.

In order to access these lessons you need to complete the foundation Teach Mental Resilience training. The training will start with exploring and developing your own resilience as a proven way to fully prepare you to use the teaching resources. The full CPD for this course is 1.3 days. The cost for the Resilient Futures lessons is £60.

Note: Our courses are subsidised, with thanks to our donors and supporters. 

Read on to find out more about the teaching materials and use the FAQ below.

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.

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.

Resilient Futures is designed as a series of three, 90 minute lessons. As everything is provided in editable form you can adapt the resources to meet the specific needs of your group.

Bounce Forward Resilient Futures Content  

The teaching resources cover the science of resilience, why resilience is important and most importantly how to build personal resilience in a way that is useful in the world.

The teaching resources provided will 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.

Click to reveal more detail of each lesson.

  • Lesson 1: Personal resilience and positive mental health

    This lesson 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.

  • Lesson 2: Optimism, hope and navigating uncertainty  

    This lesson 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.

  • Lesson 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 lesson 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.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Click to reveal the answers to some frequently asked questions about Resilient Futures.


  • Who is it for?

    This training is for those who work with young adults – aged 16+

    Whether you are in a 6th form, college, university or other education setting this training is for you.

    You do not require any previous training to attend this course.


  • What is the cost?

    The cost is £135 which includes CPD plus all teaching and learning resources.


  • What is the training like? 

    An online course that takes delegates through the science of resilience so they are fully equipped to teach Resilience Futures.

    The full course comprises of one full training day and a follow up session.

    The aim is to provide a space for staff to consider and build the resilience skills for themselves first. At the end of the first session attendees receive the teaching resources electronically so they can explore them in detail before returning for the follow on session and to complete the training.

    This model has been proven to see improved learning outcomes and ensure authentic teaching and learning.

    Teaching and learning materials for three 90 minute lessons are sent electronically.

  • Do I need to attend live? 

    Yes, the training is interactive and our trainer will walk you through the skills, first at an adult level, so you understand and can think about the skills for you personally.

    This approach has been central to the evidence for achieving the most effective outcomes for young adults and for high quality teaching and learning.

  • Will I receive a certificate?

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


  • Where is it?

    The training is delivered using 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.”