Each year, WASFAA selects a charity in the conference location to support. This year, the conference committee is pleased to support You Are Not Alone, a youth suicide prevention training and outreach program in Alaska. Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the US, with Alaska Native men between the ages of 15 and 24 having the highest rate of suicide among any demographic in the country. You Are Not Alone empowers youth to care for and education each other about suicide prevention through early intervention and creating hope through positive action. They provide bracelets with the Alaska Careline phone number, sponsor presentations, and organize student clubs. You Are Not Alone events have been held at college campus and high schools around the state.
What can you do to support You Are Not Alone? YANA provides messages of hope and distributes the Alaska Carline contact information at many events throughout the year. The organization needs help! Volunteers for You Are Not Alone need:
- Individually wrapped candy
- Address labels, either blank or with the Alaska Careline number printed (template for standard address labels provided, see attached. 1” x 2 5/8” (3M: 3500-B or 3400-B; Avery 8660 or 5630)- information gets placed on candy and distributed to students. For a template, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Colorful sticky note pads- for messages of hope to be written and placed around schools.
We will have a collection and monetary donation box at the WASFAA booth in the vendor room. If you are able to provide the above items, they will be used and all donations are greatly appreciated. If you are unable to attend the conference, but would like to support You Are Not Alone, you can mail your items to Ashley Munro, Conference Co-Chair PO Box 756360 Fairbanks, AK 99775. If you would like information on similar programs in your own state, YANA can help connect you.
You Are Not Alone:
For more information and donations visit www.YouAreNotAloneAK.org
You Are Not Alone 501c3 Tax ID 92-0123900
Careline 877-266-HELP is available 24/7.
Thank you in advance for your support of You Are Not Alone.