The Rebound Program was initially developed in Sarnia Ontario in conjunction with Lambton College and the Sarnia Police. The Program was originally designed for youth who had come in contact with the police as first time offenders. In 1994, Lynda Farrar, a volunteer from Sarnia attended Queen’s University and approached Youth Diversion wanting to establish the Program in Kingston.
A grant proposal was submitted to the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 1995 with a request for operational funding as well as funding for an evaluation. The proposal was eventually successful and the first Rebound session was delivered in Kingston in February 1996. The evaluation conducted by Dr. Gary Bernfeld and Diane Nicholson demonstrated the positive impact that Rebound had on the participants, and a decision was made to continue to offer the Program and secure local funding. It was also decided to offer the Program to a broad range of young people, and to develop the Rebound as a prevention and early intervention initiative.
Funding was sought from a number of sources and Rebound continued to thrive. In 1999, the Ontario Trillium Foundation granted a 5 year, $100,000 grant to take Rebound into the entire KFL&A area and to secure funding for it. The grant was based on a sliding scale that required the program to generate revenue locally in order to sustain the initiative. A parent component was piloted to complement Rebound in 1999, but was not sustained.
In 2000, Rebound was taken to several communities including Sharbot Lake, Napanee, and Northbrook. As well, a medical intern, Dr. Conrad Sichler, conducted interviews with the original Rebound participants from 1996, and found that many of the skills they learned in Rebound had been retained.
The Program undertook several fundraising efforts to sustain Rebound. In 2002, the first daytime Rebound program took place in Amherstview at Mount Carmel School. Programs also occurred in Harrowsmith and Odessa. Along the way, corporate sponsorship was obtained. Our first Premier sponsor was Alliance Wireless. This was followed by sponsorship from the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston, Dupont Canada, Rotary, Optimist Club, and the Altamira Foundation. By 2003, the United Way provided partial funding for Rebound.
Since 1996, over 2,356 youth have participated in Rebound. Many schools and community groups have requested Rebound for the youth