Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters -
We want to thank you for supporting the Thrive Center @ Samohi in this year's LA2050 Challenge. The bad news is that we didn't win. The good news is that The Thrive Center concept will still move forward. And, with your help, we made it to #4 in our category. Together, we significantly raised public awareness about the mental health crisis faced by children in our community. We must keep this momentum going.
Forward-thinking programs like the Thrive Center @ Samohi will someday become the new norm because we are, once again, at the forefront of a movement to help children and families thrive. We are part of a network of innovators working across the nation to build new, more effective models to address youth mental health.
Here are 2 related articles you may find inspiring & thought-provoking:
- "The Silicon Valley Suicides: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?" The Atlantic Monthly, December 2015
- "Stanford creates new Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing" Palo Alto Online, November 9, 2015
We want to give a special shout out to Eva Mayoral, the inspiring principal who leads Samohi. Eva and her team are on the ground daily with a highly diverse and energetic group of over 3,000 teens in the heart of Santa Monica. We are indeed fortunate & looking forward to 2016.
- Santa Monica Cradle to Career