Building Resilient Children and Families

BOUNCE: Building Resilient Children and Families (formerly the Coalition for Louisville Youth) is part of a five-year initiative known as Investing in Kentucky’s Future launched in 2012 by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to address the state’s unmet health care needs. It is a bold endeavor to improve the future health of children in Louisville, 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 Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) within a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Coordinated School Health initiative which the Association for Curriculum and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided this spring as an update to the Coordinated School Health Model. In addition, we seek to improve the knowledge and skills of providers of out-of-school time programming 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.

The more ACEs a child experiences, the greater his or her chances of experiencing these lasting poor health outcomes. Children in poverty live at much greater risk.1 In Kentucky, a review of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, demonstrates a significantly higher frequency of ACEs for children living at or below the federal poverty level, a rate that decreases dramatically as income rises. For example, 11.9% of Kentucky respondents living in poverty had experienced three ACEs vs. 1.4% of those from families earning four times or more of the federal poverty level.

BOUNCE is comprised of leaders from multiple collaborating organizations who are 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.

Many of the organizations in the collaboration include the following:


  • Center for Women and Families
  • Louisville Metro Council
  • Community Foundation of Louisville
  • Metro United Way
  • Family & Children’s Place
  • Norton Healthcare, Inc.
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization
  • KentuckyOne Health
  • Office of Youth Development
  • Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness
  • Seven Counties Services
  • Louisville Metro Youth Advocates and other teens
  • YMCA of Greater Louisville
  • University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences 

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