PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
 
Regrettably, bad things happen to innocent children. Fortunately, they don't have to affect them forever. Wellspring offers a unique trauma-resolution therapy for youth through its Bounce! Programs. These life-changing interventions help youth who suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms from having experienced a traumatic life event such as:
  • Physical/sexual abuse
  • Sudden death or loss of loved one                    
  • Serious illness or injury                  
  • Witnessing/experience violence                  

At-risk youth are individually selected and referred by partner organizations to participate. 

The goal of Bounce! is to relieve and prevent emotional suffering, and to the promote “post-traumatic growth” of traumatized children and their families.

The Bounce! Intensive Program is offered by professional therapists with trauma expertise at a Wellspring Counseling site. The program includes:

  • Trauma education 
  • Emotional support
  • Individual and group trauma-specific therapy
  • Art and equine assisted therapy
  • Expressive, experiential, and creative learning opportunities
  • Parent engagement
  • All in a fun, positive, and memorable experience!

The Ready to Bounce! program is a 10-week small group offered on partner sites for at-risk youth. This program provides trauma and grief education and teaches resilience skills through experiential learning.

 

Summer BOUNCE! Intensive

The 2017 program has passed. Please check back in for updates on when the next Bounce! will be held.

Bounce! Brochure

ENROLL A CHILD

This is the short Initial Application to enroll a student in camp. It may be completed by the parent, caregiver or a person sponsoring a child and facilitating his/her attendance. 

A Wellspring Counselor will reach out to the contact person to discuss the appropriateness of the youth for the program and to answer any questions.  Once Wellspring has approved the student for participation in the program, an Interview, Parent/Guardian Consent Forms and the Student Assessments will be scheduled and need to be completed by June 23rd

The value of therapeutic services provided in this program is over $2500. Thanks to volunteers and donations, it costs Wellspring $1150 per student to provide this program. We try to help make this program affordable to all who need it. Insurance may be billed for some of the costs, and payment plans and financial aid are available for those who qualify.

For questions about this program for a child you know, contact Yasamin@wellspringmiami.org.

DONATIONS NEEDED

We would like to offer this program to 40 more children in 2017. Donations of any amount are needed and meaningful.

 

                           

Items also needed - standard size pillows and bright colored pillowcases, youth Bibles, art canvases, water bottles, t-shirts, a rented water slide ($300) and more.

ITEMS WISH LIST

  • Assorted gifts for boys and girls ages 10-17
  • iTunes Gift Cards ($10 each)
  • Journals and planners
  • Gift cards (Old Navy, Forever 21, AMC, etc...)
  • Fidget spinners
  • Girls accessories (hair, jewelry, cosmetics)
  • Games
  • Cellphone accessories (chargers, earphones, cases
  • Other items welcomed! 

Please contact ana@wellspringmiami.org 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

  • Transportation help - driving children to/from camp.
  • Food help - organizing and serving snacks and lunches.
  • Mentors - participating in the full week of camp, coming alongside individual participants.
  • Help with crafts and sports

​Volunteer Requirements:

  • 21 years of age, maturity, compassionate and mental health skills a plus. 
  • Application and interview. For application, click here.                                                         
  • Fingerprinting and background checks.
  • Costs: $10 t-shirt, $45 training day, $50 background check                                                                           
  • Dates Required:
    • July 5 & 6 (8:30am-3pm) for Intentional Listening Training
    • July 7 (9am-12pm) for set up
    • July 10-14 and/or July 24-28 (8am-4pm) for actual program

Volunteer Rewards:

  • Community service hours documented for students.
  • Clinical hours supervised and documented for therapist interns.
  • Training and experience in trauma recovery work.
  • Personal growth through participation in training.
  • Satisfaction as a result of meaningful contribution to improving the emotional health and lives of traumatized children.
  • Also likely: A fun time, rich relationships, & eternal rewards!

SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM

Pre and post assessments for the 5 years of Bounce! programs have shown a 25%-37% reduction in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms for the participating youth.

“My life now has gotten much better [since Bounce!]. I don’t cry as much as I used to.” - Bounce! Camper, age 13

“Bounce helped me realize that I’m not the only one who has been through bad things. This made it easier to talk about what happened to me. The camp was fun and everyone there was so nice. The counselors told us that they did not expect us to feel 100% better at the end of the week, that the goal was to feel a little bit better about the bad things that happened, but I think they helped me more than they expected.” - Bounce! Camper, age 10

  

FURTHER INFORMATION

You can view and download our BOUNCE! Program Overview which includes everything you need to know about the program, from strategies, to success stories, to how we fund the program, it's all there.

For more information on trauma affects for children and how to help, be sure to check out these informative links: 

SPONSORS

Bounce! has been funded for attendees with financial needs by individual and corporate donors.

In 2016, it was funded in part by The Miami Foundation's Community Grants program. Learn more about their programs here


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