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About Us



As the parenting arm of Bainbridge Youth Services, Raising Resilience supports Bainbridge Island and beyond with parenting EDUCATION, RESOURCES, and CONNECTIONS to help families thrive.


We share a vision for an empowered, vibrant community where all youth and families flourish.


Raising Resilience has been a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization since 2003. We are Bainbridge Island's (and beyond) parent support organization and the island residents who make up the Raising Resilience team care deeply about families, youth, and building healthy, strong communities. Even if you don't know our name, you know our programs. We started as Just Know which gave way to The Bainbridge Coalition for Youth and Parents before becoming Raising Resilience. Over the years we refined our mission and programs and in May, 2022 we were acquired by Bainbridge Youth Services for the purpose of serving families in our community in a deeper way. Read the announcement.

Read more here about Raising Resilience's history.


Staff & Board Members
Emeritus Advisors

Our advisory council is made up of individuals and past board members whose wisdom and passion for youth helps maintain the backbone of our community. For them we are grateful.

  • Cezanne Allen, M.D.

  • Aalesa Barker

  • Kristin Cronin-Boone, MS, LMFTA

  • Jennifer Cannon, AICP

  • Stephanie Dalton, 

  • Tracey Denlinger

  • Maria Drury

  • Tim Ensley, CPA

  • Karolynn Flynn

  • Lisa Gsellman

  • Tara Powers-Hausmann

  • Brenda James

  • Joanne Maher

  • Lisa Marinkovich

  • Marcee Ben-Menachem, M.Ed, NBCT, LMHCA

  • Julie Miller

  • Krzysztofa McDonough

  • Wandee Pryor, PsyD

  • April Avey Trabucco

  • Jendi Watson, CHT


Community members who give their time through other volunteer roles are just as much a part of the circle as the rest of the team. These include members of local PTOs, teachers and staff, grandparents, and (of course) parents. If you are interested in ways to give your time or services, please contact us with the word volunteer in the subject line.

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Nondiscrimination Policy: Raising Resilience is committed to inclusion and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. ​


Disclaimer of Endorsement: References and links in this website to any person or organization and related activities, treatments, methods, products, or services do not constitute or imply an endorsement by Raising Resilience, including those advertised in Raising Resilience publications, sessions, social media, webinars or website.

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