Who are we?

Bounce is a bold endeavor to improve knowledge about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the skills to help people bounce back from adversity. Our coalition of diverse community partners are moving “upstream” to address the root causes of poor health in our most vulnerable people. Through education, training and other resources, we support individuals and organizations to implement trauma-informed approaches in practical, everyday settings to better serve their communities. 

The problem of ACEs is particularly profound in Kentucky where 27% of children have experienced one ACE, and 14% have three to eight—among the highest in the nation. The good news is that trauma need not define your destiny. By recognizing and responding to trauma, Bounce builds protective factors and shifts the frame from asking  “What's wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

How did Bounce start?

Bounce began in 2014 to improve the future health of children in Kentucky by building school and out-of-school-time environments that are safe, predictable and that foster positive relationships with children to mitigate the negative consequences of trauma. Leaders from an array of collaborating organizations committed to planning and implementing evidence-based initiatives that promote child well-being, impact local systems and policies to reduce risks for chronic diseases and help youth practice healthy behaviors for a lifetime.


The Bounce Coalition focused on moving “upstream” to address the root causes of poor health in the most vulnerable children using a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Coordinated School Health model. This evidence-based framework emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and the school as being a part and reflection of the local community.


Our model grew out of successful pilots at a Jefferson County elementary school and the YMCA of Greater Louisville. It was informed by the "Helping Traumatized Children Learn" report from the Harvard School of Public Policy.


In response to a growing awareness of the impact of trauma on all people, Bounce expanded its scope to provide training and educational resources to all types of community-facing organizations across the Commonwealth, building Kentucky's response to the widespread and persistent impact of ACEs.

In 2020, Bounce officially became a program of Kentucky Youth Advocates, the state's independent voice for kids.

This short video showcases the difference Bounce is making.

Collective impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems, a structured approach to making collaboration work across sectors to achieve significant and lasting social change.


Meet the Executive Committee of the Bounce Coalition, a diverse group of leaders committed to sharing their experience and expertise to build resilient children and families. 


we do:


What changes because of our work:

What does that look like:

Population Level Result:

Resilient children and families and

reduced risk of chronic disease

Educate and train to build resilient children and families

Strengthen referral networks when more help is needed

Measure impact

Advocate for policies that support trauma-informed communities and systems



Build resiliency and protective factors in children and adults


Improve adult response to youth

Reduce risk-taking behaviors in youth




Youth in school and ready to learn


Parents prepared

Caregivers and youth-serving providers supported

The Bounce Coalition

The Bounce Coalition, comprised of leaders from many collaborating organizations, is committed to planning and implementing evidence-based initiatives that support trauma-informed people, policies and systems. 

Join us and become part of the movement.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic or stressful events that occur prior to the age of 18. ACEs cause toxic stress, which can harm a child's brain. Toxic stress may cause problems with behavior, learning and even making friends.


After experiencing a traumatic event, a child may feel vulnerable or helpless. These feelings may cause them to adopt risky behaviors such as drinking, overeating and smoking to help them manage their emotions. Those risky behaviors can then lead to poor health, disease, disability and even early death. Examples of ACEs include abuse, neglect, bullying, poverty, discrimination, homelessness, witnessing violence, living with a substance abuser or a family member with a mental illness, natural disasters, divorce or family separation.

From a Teacher


"Bounce gave me the confidence and awareness to address students who are facing or have faced traumatic events in their lives. Because of the relationships I formed with my students based on the training and support I received this year. This was the most close-knit class I have ever had, and I owe it all to the Bounce Project!" 

-Ms. Carter

The Bounce Coalition is a project of Kentucky Youth Advocates,

Kentucky's independent voice for kids.

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