Who are we?
Bounce is a bold endeavor to improve the future health of children, fostering the skills to bounce back from adversity with resiliency and grit.
Through the collaboration of diverse community partners, we are moving “upstream” to address the root causes of poor health in our most vulnerable children by implementing a trauma-informed model for using a "Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Coordinated School Health" model.
In addition, we seek to improve the knowledge and skills of all who interact with children and families, to help them recognize the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), ultimately equipping them to help youth develop resiliency and the ability to cope with trauma.
How did Bounce start?
Bounce began in 2012 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 requests for this curriculum, we now offer training sessions to improve the knowledge and skills of people from all organizations who interact with children and families, so they can recognize the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and are equipped to help youth bounce back from adversity.
This short video tells our story and the difference Bounce is making in the lives of children in our community.
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.
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
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
Caregivers and youth-serving providers supported
The Bounce Coalition, comprised of leaders from many collaborating organizations, is 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:
Founding Members: Center for Women & Families, Centerstone of Kentucky, Community Foundation of Louisville, Family & Children’s Place, Jefferson County Public Schools, KentuckyOne Health, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness, Metro United Way, Norton Healthcare, Mayor’s Office, Louisville Metro Council, University of Louisville Department of Public Health & Information Sciences, Uspiritus, and YMCA of Greater Louisville.
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!"