If you’ve been following us for some time, you might have seen that we recently changed our name from the Youth Leadership Collective to Curate Hope. We are still passionate about youth and leadership, but we realized that our message and vision reach beyond those two concepts alone. At the root of it, our message is about hope.
The definition of curate is:
- to select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge
Our mission to curate hope embodies our desire to help people who are struggling with despair and hopelessness. We want to connect them with the resources, care and information that will inspire hope in their lives.
A message of hope is more important now than ever. With teen suicide rates on the incline, and a global pandemic causing fear and panic, it is critical to spread a message of hope. Teenagers and parents alike find themselves suddenly thrown into a new reality of quarantine. Social distancing has become the new normal and we have state-mandated orders to stay home except for essential outings. Unfortunately, we know that this also means that feelings of despair, isolation and hopelessness will increase for many people.
But that doesn’t have to be the narrative. We can flip the script! There is always hope to be found, no matter the despair we feel or the crisis we are facing.
At Curate Hope, our mission to change the narrative and bring hope is focused on these specific goals:
- Prevent teen suicide.
- Promote a positive culture in schools.
- Partner with parents to make a difference.
Our main avenue for accomplishing these goals has been to partner with educators. The goal is to heal despair through school assemblies, teacher training, and parent workshops. We have been doing this for the last several years and it has been incredibly successful.
Due to COVID-19, however, schools are out indefinitely. This means that we’ve had to get creative in discovering new ways to accomplish these goals. But we are more motivated than ever to bring hope to homes, when and where people need it most.
There’s no better time for an emphasis on curating hope. We are excited to continue to create content for teens and parents during this time. We plan to connect them with resources that will help them navigate these difficult times and promote mental health.
For more information, visit our website and follow us on social media to stay up to date with everything we are doing at Curate Hope in the coming weeks and beyond.