SOAR will provide opportunities for 50 youth and teens, in the Greater Denver Metro Area of Colorado, to overcome suicidal ideation, juvenile justice conflicts, substance use, vaping, and psychosocial and emotional conflicts within their schools and their family unit through community engagement activities that include music, yoga, and athletic clinics, animal-assisted therapy techniques (canine & equine), mindfulness education, and life skills education.
The psychosocial conflict among Colorado youth and teens surrounding depression, suicide, substance use, truancy, and social media and technology is one that continues to grow almost exponentially. According to Mental Health Colorado, Colorado has a teen suicide rate that is twice that of the national average. One of the highest in the country. More teens, now, lose their life to suicide than car accidents. Being able to assist in minimizing this epidemic is overarching goal of this project.
Helping teens conquer life challenges and guiding them to make smart decisions through community mentorship and engagement, counseling, advising, and tutoring (educational services) to adolescents through interactive and fun-based workshops, shadowing programs, one-on-one and group counseling, life skills education, and college preparation. Empowering youth to utilize their talents, strengths, and experiences to find their passion, find their voice, advocate for self, and advance themselves.
SOAR will provide services that guide 50 adolescents toward successful future endeavors and encourage them to stay focused regardless of unfavorable influences or circumstances. We aim to encourage positive peer relationships and help adolescents identify triggers that precede incidents that create negative consequences, encourage positive coping skills, and help enhance their intrinsic core values. SOAR purposes to bridge the gap between who they are now and who we believe they can become.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).