Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens, and approximately 1 in 7 high school students seriously contemplate suicide. Many factors contribute to this, among the biggest are a sense of isolation and lack of purpose.
Two of the strongest factors to protect against suicide include a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose. We intend to serve both of these needs for our youth through our newest initiative: THE SHED.
THE SHED will help us achieve our vision by providing teens with a safe space to create, connect and confide. There will be a strong focus on the arts with music, poetry readings, storytelling, open mic nights, art and photography exhibits, classes, workshops and lessons. Support groups, workshops and drop-in counseling will be offered, as well as yoga and meditation. There will be great coffee, concessions, and merchandise. Above all, there will be hope, connection and community for our teens.