Inspire USA Foundation

The Inspire USA Foundation is a national nonprofit organization based in San Francisco with a mission to help millions of young people lead happier lives. Working directly with teens and young adults, Inspire USA designs and delivers innovative technology-based services which promote mental health and prevent suicide.
Oct 13, 2011

Reaching Out During Suicide Prevention Month


ROFansFreefestIn the U.S., ReachOut council members were hard at work bringing ideas from our summer summit to a reality. To start off the month, Nicholas made a Suicide Prevention Day flyer to raise awareness about the cause, and handed the flyer out at his local farmers’ market. Meanwhile, Lauren participated in a community service scavenger hunt at her school to teach her classmates about suicide prevention and Chloe did a series of interviews with Broadway stars, and posted them on the ReachOut.com blog. Meredith also spoke with several entertainers, including producer Colby Wedgeworth and members of the pop group, The Relay Company, to find out their perspectives on healthier lifestyles.

In the digital space, Brandon hosted a Facebook event on September 10th, Suicide Prevention Day, asking people to share their own messages of hope. Participants posted to the hashtag #whenindoubt, followed by anecdotes to help strangers persevere through difficult times. This effort also trended through Twitter, and some of the posts were chosen to appear on the official ReachOut website. Some anecdotes included: “#WhenInDoubt Remember that you're beautiful, loved, and cared for by many” and ”#whenindoubt laugh!”

Brandon himself posted “#whenindoubt don't forget there are always people who care starting with me” to support event members.
 
Besides being National Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th also happened to be Free Fest in Baltimore, a free concert put on by Virgin Mobile to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Inspire staff members Emily and Anastasia attended and set up a tent to educate attendees about ReachOut.com. More photos of the event are posted on the ReachOut Flickr account.

Catherine, council member and co-founder of MyYearbook.com, wrote a MyMag article focusing on Suicide Prevention Day. Her opening paragraph include startling statistics and addressed the relevancy of our cause. The article is available to MyYearbook members.

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Jul 21, 2011

ReachOut Youth Summit Held In July

Icebreaker!
Icebreaker!

Thanks to your donations (and some foundation help!), we held our Youth Council Summit July 4th weekend in Woodside, CA at the Stillheart Institute with 16 Council members ages 16-24 who flew in from all over the country (Utah, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Connecticut, Oregon and more!). Over the course of two days, they had a chance to get to know each other and the organization and to create action plans for how they can work promote ReachOut to teens in their own communities. Brandon, 17, from Illinois, will be tabling at his local Harvest Festival, and Chloe, from New York, coordinated the creation of an It Gets Better type video with other Council members to promote ReachOut online.

Zach, our new Council member from Austin, said in his evaluation: "Meeting everyone was really fantastic and energizing. I came in not really knowing anything and I really feel now that I’m prepared to start working for ReachOut and InspireUSA." He's already working to launch a ReachOut Tumblr!

We are currently going through evaluations and action plans and will have more to share in our next report. In the meantime, enjoy the photos!

- Anastasia

Chloe and Nick...listening intensely
Chloe and Nick...listening intensely
The whole group!
The whole group!

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Mar 29, 2011

Reaching Out via Social Media + Update on Council

New Reach Out hompage launching in mid April
New Reach Out hompage launching in mid April

Hi Global Giving supporters! We have narrowed down our Council applicants to a group of 9 young people from across the U.S. to join our existing Council members and will be sending out acceptance letters this week! What's cool is that our current Council members did all of the interviewing and gave us final recommendations from a pool of almost 50 candidates. Once we have confirmed their acceptance, we will post a report with their photos and bios. We are also planning an in-person summit/training with the entire group here in San Francisco this summer.

Our existing Council has been helping us to run our myYearbook fan page, which now has over 339K fans who we interact with daily. In addition to myYearbook, the popular teen quiz site, Quibblo.com will be running a Reach Out branded quiz on its homepage tomorrow promoting our service.

We'll have more to report in April including the launch of our new homepage (see attached design) - thanks again for your continued support of ReachOut.com.

Anastasia

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