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Ryan Bartel Foundation

Goal: $10,000.00

Specific Need

 

 

 

Help prevent teen suicide and become part of raising a more resilient community by supporting the FORT and our Community trainings in Sources of Strength.

 

The FORT is an all-inclusive community space where teens connect and grow strong together. We offer an accepting environment that fosters new friendships and gives teens tools and skills through workshops in mindfulness, expressive arts, animal assisted experiences and more, all built on the Sources of Strength (SOS) platform of positivity and strength. These workshops help restore calm, purpose, self-esteem and resilience, so teens leave feeling more connected and hopeful with tools they can use to better deal with the ups and downs of life. 

 

Sources of Strength training is offered to our community at large in order to bridge the gap for the population not directly trained or exposed to SOS at school. Available to any youth or adult group interested, our goal is to spread it far and wide in order to help us build a more resilient community. 

 

Help us raise $10,000 so we can continue providing trainings and FORT workshops, especially to those who may not be able to afford what we offer elsewhere. Our kids are our future, so help us prevent further suicides by building a more resilient community for ALL teens, giving them hope and purpose in life.

 

Mission

To prevent youth suicide through awareness, upstream educational programs and activities that support and empower youth through acceptance, connection, hope, help and strength.

 

Profile

Our programs are entirely focused on upstream suicide prevention for youth by addressing behavioral and mental health challenges through connection, acceptance, teaching coping skills and fostering a positive mindset so that these challenges don't turn into a crisis.  

 

Our motto has always been to listen to our teens and learn directly from them what they need. As a result our programs directly answer those needs and are built using an evidence-led youth suicide prevention and wellness program called Sources of Strength (SOS) as the platform for our work. 

 

Our programs:

1) We're All Human/Sources of Strength - We've learned that teens turn to each other when they struggle, therefore in partnership with LCPS we sponsor student-led groups inside our schools that are trained in Sources of Strength to promote awareness and break the silence when someone is struggling and connect them to the help they need and deserve. 

 

2) The FORT - is a community space outside of school where teens connect, feel accepted, share and grow through additional resiliency based activities and workshops that enrich and strengthen their lives. Workshops are designed to provide participants with skills and tools for restoring calm, purpose, building emotional strength, happiness and self-esteem.  

 

3) FORT for Parents - while teens are busy at the FORT, parents can attend a parental workshop or support group helping them build resilience as a family. Workshops are practical, hands-on and provide parents with tips and advice on how their family can grow strong together.

 

4) Community training in Sources of Strength -  is now available to any youth/adult group interested. Since the peer groups trained through school are small in number, this allows us to have wider reach and impact by bridging the gap between the population not directly trained or exposed to SOS campaigns at school.

 

5) The Acceptance of Others scholarship -  is a unique award for graduating seniors based on strength of character. Nominations can be made by anyone but students cannot nominate themselves. 

Photos & Videos

The FORT - connect and grow strong together.
Connecting through tribal marking.
Connecting through tribal marking.
Meditation calms the mind and restores our bodies as we focus on being present.
Meditation calms the mind and restores our bodies as we focus on being present.
Dogs help combat stress and anxiety.
Dogs help combat stress and anxiety.
Building trust through connection while having fun in yoga.
Building trust through connection while having fun in yoga.
Connecting to your inner feelings through expressive arts.
Connecting to your inner feelings through expressive arts.
Engaging with peers and adults during SOS games.
Engaging with peers and adults during SOS games.
Adults become SOS trained mentors.
Adults become SOS trained mentors.
Vision boarding at the FORT!
Vision boarding at the FORT!
Identifying strengths during SOS training.
Identifying strengths during SOS training.
Positive peer led campaigns at school spreads hope, help and strength.
Positive peer led campaigns at school spreads hope, help and strength.
$7,574.85 received
in 33 gifts
75.75%  of  $10,000.00 Goal
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PO Box 184
Waterford VA 20197
Phone: 703-431-3675

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