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 (
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,