Does it make an impact?
When I make a donation, I need to know it makes a major impact. Your donation to AWI certainly does; the numeric measures confirm that but individual stories are also important. I love when I hear back from one of the peer leaders we trained. 

I just spoke to Nicole Frontero, who participated in our train-the-trainer workshops when she was in high school. Before graduating, Nicole co-facilitated a depression prevention project with an entire grade, over 300 teens.

This year at college, she helped launch an exhibit on campus to normalize conversations on mental health and wellness. I asked whether her continued interest in promoting mental health and wellness was sparked by the training and opportunities provided through AWI:

"Yes. Absolutely. 100%. It was so gratifying to know how to talk with others about sensitive topics.  For some of my friends, it was the first time they talked about anxiety or depression". 

You may read more about this remarkable young woman in the Featured Guest section, below. You can hear more stories and share your own on May 2nd during our Spring Forward evening at Brae Burn Country Club.  We have speakers who created tools to help keep healthy children healthy and who have introduced them to thousands. If you are in Massachusetts that Wednesday night, I very much hope you will join me ( registration), 

Another date to mark in the callendar is an art exhibit on May 6 at Page Waterman Gallery in Wellesley. They are hosting a juried exhibition for high school students to benefit AWI, called Next Up. These are talented artists! 

In the meantime, if you want to make a major impact, donate to help AWI reach more youth by supporting our Boston Marathon runner,  Chris Lyver

one in five cases of depression are wholly preventable?    

Every twenty-two youth learning better skills of creative problem solving, mindfulness, and communication can prevent one child from developing symptoms. Basically, the life skills that are needed to balance the weight of life's worries can be taught to healthy kids to keep them healthy. The full article may be downloaded here.
Featured guest

Nicole Frontero helped launch an exhibit titled, 'Active Minds at Amherst College'. It celebrates the strength and courage of students who have experienced mental health challenges or advocate for awareness. A portrait of each participant is displayed with an anecdote sharing his or her experience and perspective (ex. availability of resources on campus). It is located in the campus centre atrium through the summer.

Nicole said it took the academic year to complete the exhibit, beginning in September brainstorming ideas with other members of the local chapter of Active Minds, a national group dedicated to normalizing campus conversations about mental health. They created a  brief survey and asked for volunteers to both share their story and their portrait.

Her major is Psychology and s he plays defense on the excellent women's lacrosse team. This summer, Nicole will intern at McLean Hospital.
Donations to AWI 

Our marathon runner this year is Chris Lyver and you may support his campaign to benefit AWI here.

You may donate directly to AWI here.
May Leonard and Ana Natalia Epstein co-facilitating train-the-traine

Your donation is greatly appreciated. AWI leverages
every dollar effectively, providing curricula and train-the-trainer workshops to adults and youth.

C hecks may be made  payable to Adolescent Wellness, Inc. and mailed to 103 Old Colony Road, Wellesley, MA 02481.
AWI is a 501c3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.
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AWI Volunteers

The people who make it happen!
  • Bob Anthony - President
  • Chip Douglas - Chairman
  • Phyllis Gimbel - Director
  • Calvin Place - Director
  • Lisa Siegel - Director
  • Penny Wells - Director
  • Jessi Somogie - Youth program
  • Frank Hays - Marketing

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