Recently, Eventbrite informed me of Make a Difference Day which is coming up on October 28th. On this day, individuals can volunteer to serve during "Make A Difference Day", one of the largest days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers have united annually to improve the lives of others in their communities by serving nonprofit causes in the United States. "Make A Difference Day" is made possible by TEGNA with support from Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light. Since I am a huge proponent of peer helping, mental health prevention, conflict resolution, and violence prevention, I was thrilled to share these organizational causes with Eventbrite. They like to encourage their followers to get involved in organizations like these and offer multiple tools to make the fundraising process a little simpler!
My Favorite Causes
Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation
Want to know about the National Peer Helping Conference? Check out the link below to find out more!
National Council of Behavior Health and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
Five years ago, my school district was awarded a grant called Project Aware . Part of the grant included selecting a handful of psychologists, social workers, and school counselors to become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Fortunately, I was one of the staff members selected to take the certification course. Each year, I have had the privilege to teach up to four or five YMHFA courses per year to school, court, medical, religious, and corporate employees in the Metro Atlanta area. The ability to train youth workers in Georgia has been very fulfilling and rewarding. Our goal is to educate and train as many youth workers in Georgia as possible about youth mental illness.
|Georgia has still a way to go...sigh.|
Youth Mental Health First Aid is "designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis" (Youth Mental Health First Aid). Like CPR helps a person in a medical crisis, YMHFA training helps youth workers take action to get a youth in a mental crisis the help they need before the youth harms him/herself or others.
YMHFA is sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health which is the unifying voice of US health care organizations that deliver mental health services to over 10 million adults and children. The National Council is a 501(c)(3) association that advocates for to comprehensive health care services for people who have mental health and substance use disorders.
|This caption sums the importance of YMHFA in the US!|
National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP)
Conference on how to establish a standards based peer program. Besides the opportunities for training and certification, the organization coordinates monthly webinars on important topics (bullying, suicide, and mental health to name a few), sends out a monthly newsletter that includes such goodies as student lessons, and provides consultation to those hoping to begin a program. Each year, NAPPP sponsors a National Peer Helping Week to promote and celebrate peer helping in schools. A kit can be downloaded from the NAPPP site.
See this post regarding National Peer Helping Week.
Online Peer Mediation Platform (OPMP)
1. Provide free resources for conflict resolution practitioners.
2. Deliver basic conflict module training for students.
3. Afford the opportunity for online peer mediation practice for students from existing peer mediation programs.
4. Provide online peer mediation services for schools that lack a peer mediation program.
Check out the most recent free webinar from the Online Peer Mediation Platform called the State of Peer Mediation. Also, register to participate in the October webinar hosted by Christa Tinari on "Bullying and Conflict: What is the Difference"?
October 25th Free Webinar Registration
Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)
October 16-24, 2017"Say Something" teaches middle and high school students how to look for warning signs, signals and threats from a peer who might be planning to hurt themselves or someone else and to say something to a trusted adult to get help and possibly save a life.
March 19-23, 2018National Youth Violence Awareness Week seeks to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce violence among youth. The activities demonstrate the positive role peers can have in making their school a safer place.
Tuesday-Manage Your Anger, Don’t Let it Manage You
Friday-Unite in Action