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What You Need to Know
We are from Open Meadow High School, a non profit organization that educates and gives second chances to young people in Portland, Oregon. For us, Open Meadow is a stepping stone to success in life.
We, the students of Open Meadow's Community 101 class, are highly committed to making a difference in our community. We do this by supporting local organizations that address gang violence and depression.
What We Need From You!
We are trying to raise $1500 to donate to Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Healing Hurt People, a non-profit program that focuses on issues revolving around gang violence and mental health issues. Our goal is to raise this money by May 21, 2013 so that HHP has the money to support their launch in June.
All You Have To Do Is Join Us!
Here's how: simply click on the orange 'DONATE' button on the right. Please remember that every donation is appreciated, and going to to a good cause. Thanks for stopping by!
More About Us
In this class we have a lot of responsibility. With funding from the Northwest Health Foundation, it is up to us to reach and contact non-profit organizations, conduct site visits, decide which non-profit we award money to, and create and conduct an award ceremony at the end of the year. We learn and grow as a class with the guidance of our fellow classmates as well as all of the people we encounter along the way.
This year we decided to add to this, be fundraising ourselves. After interviewing and visiting many non-profits (16) in Portland, we chose to work with Cascadia Behavioral Health's Healing Hurt People program
More About Healing Hurt People
Healing Hurt People of Portland (HHP) serves males of color ages 18-25, who have been shot or stabbed. When they are in the ER of Legacy Emmanuel Hospital, multiple staff come and talk to patients about their trauma and begin finding them resources. These may include emotional support, family support, housing, medical follow up, substance abuse treatment, legal and educational support.
We believe that this program will make a difference in gang violence and depression in our community and we are excited to be a part of supporting their launch in June.
Why Gang Violence?
We choose gang violence to focus on because in our community gang violence had affected a lot of people. In our generation we all know someone who has been affected by gang violence. Those teens today are in jail, homeless, strung out on drugs, and some even killed, due to gang violence.
Keeping teens out of and away from gang violence is very important to us and our community.
These days we cannot even turn on the news without hearing about a shooting or incident due to gang violence in Portland. "The people in the gang community don't understand that it's not only affecting them but it's also affecting their families and the people around the," one of our students said.
It is an issue that is very wide-spread, and affects a large percentage of the population around the world. In our own class, we all know at least one person who has been affected by depression.
Depression is something that can impact an individual's mind to the point where their quality of life is unbearable. Depression can lead people down paths that may result in drug/alcohol abuse, hoemlessness, and even suicide. We felt that focusing on depression would also tackle the early signs of suicide.