The Youth Project’s mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where teens and their families are strengthened, empowered and equipped with the tools they need to live successful and healthy lives. We intervene early, offering unconditional acceptance and cost-free programming in order to mitigate the impacts on health and academic success associated with mental health issues. Our services are available to over 23,000 junior high and high school students in the Santa Clarita Valley and offer the support and resources needed to improve their overall mental health and well-being.
The last few months have been very difficult for our community - not only do we have an overwhelming amount of kids that request our services normally, but we were also hit hard by the wild fires that forced many of our families from their homes, the Saugus High School shooting that resulted in the deaths of three kids in our valley and others still coping with their injuries, continued trauma resulting in the loss of 2 recent graduates involved in a horrific car crash and now the abrupt closure of schools due to the Coronavirus – it’s just too much. Our students have been displaced, destabilized and now their routines have been disrupted. For students dealing with mental health issues, it can be even more stressful and this causes great concern for our staff.
As it stood to begin with, our funding streams have been fatigued much like many non-profit agencies. While the economy may be thriving for some businesses, our agency continues to struggle with making ends meet and creating enough foundational support to maintain and expand our agency to support the ever growing needs of our teens. Money is harder to find, because our communities are saturated with health & human service needs -- so many worthwhile organizations are hurting!
In honor and in celebration of our 20th year of providing FREE services to the community, we increased our fundraising efforts and have two special events on the calendar to fill in the fundraising gaps ... Unfortunately due to suggestions for physical distancing (otherwise known as social distancing, however that term could be triggering for those who struggle with isolation, loneliness and/or anxiety), recommendations of no gatherings over 10 people, staying at least 6ft apart, and store, school, and business closures - we have to postpone our events until an undetermined date – this level of financial uncertainty will wreak havoc on our agency and our ability to keep the doors open while kids are in search of resources and connection, and then of course when "normalcy" returns, hopefully soon.
We are coming to you for help. We know that our entire country is on stand-by; that all of us are carrying our own set of burdens and heightened levels of fear and anxiety about the future is cast upon ALL of us – but it also during this time of need, that being of service to others is most important and can be incredibly soothing to our weary spirits.
Our kids are struggling. Our kids are afraid. Our kids are trying to kill themselves. Our kids are doing everything they can to make it through the day. If you are able to help, in any small (or big!) way, it would make a HUGE difference and we would be most grateful to you, and more importantly the teens we serve, would forever be impacted.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION OF OUR REQUEST ...
Kim Goldman, Executive Director
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LOTS OF WAYS TO SUPPORT:
Angel Investor: $1,000 one time donation
Say Yes to Youth: Monthly donation
Any Donation via GoFundMe or directly to the Youth Project (www.HelpNotHassle.org)
100% of the monies raised goes directly to the Youth Project providing FREE mental health services to teens.
The SCV Youth Project is a federally registered 501(c) (3)All contributions are tax deductible in accordance with state and federal laws (TAX ID# 95-4781732)