Our Story

Every great idea has a beginning. This is the story of our beginning. We hope it will help you know more about our organization.

In 1984, three Sarnia citizens came together to respond to needs being identified by youth in the community. The idea for Rebound was born out of caring people coming together to support youth. A parent, a Sarnia resident and a police officer created a model to bring youth together to learn positive social skills that would assist in dealing with the transition from childhood to adulthood and those challenging years in between.

From the first group meeting in a neighbourhood high school to an acclaimed, nationally awarded and provincially replicated model of evidence-informed, outcome based programming for youth 8-24 years, Rebound has grown leaps and bounds in our 30 year history.

As an organization, Rebound is a leader in the field of prevention and early intervention services for youth. Our holistic approach to skill development includes life skills facilitation, education and cognitive skills training, combined with holistic supports such as the expressive arts and relaxation techniques. Our programs allow youth to practice new coping strategies that fit with real life. We offer a variety of programs and services designed to empower youth. From individual support to 10 week group programs to after school drop in sessions, youth can always expect to find a safe, caring and accepting space when they come to Rebound.

Rebound exists because of dedicated, youth focused volunteers who support our programs and services on many levels- from frontline coaching to building maintenance; we rely on volunteers to help youth succeed.

We also rely on youth to walk beside us on our journey. Rebound is committed to honoring the voice of youth in our programs and community outreach. Our youth action committee, "Getting Possibilities Started" helps to shape and inform our mission and goals.

Our long history of community support and working relationships with key stakeholders has led to our successful progression as a leader in the field of direct services to youth.

This is where we are today. We look forward to a future where every youth in our community feels able to achieve their full potential. Rebound is a caring partner in the successful development of youth. We plan on continuing to build on the compassionate roots that were our beginning, as we continue to write the story that is Rebound.