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Help a teen suffering from substance abuse and isolation by donating toward a life-altering wilderness trip this summer!

Summer is here, and with it, our students at Teen and Family Services (TAFS) are presented with many challenges. Recently published research indicates that the current social isolation created by COVID-19 is spelling disaster on the mental health of our local teens. That is why we have been making an effort to connect with our students in person while also complying with social distancing and mandatory mask-wearing. Before COVID-19, anxiety was already on the rise among adolescents - up 20 percent between 2017 and 2012, and experts are expecting a steep spike amid the upheaval of the pandemic.  In May 2020, a survey by the Harris Poll revealed 7 in 10 teens reported experiencing struggles with mental health. The study, which polled over 1,500 diverse youth ages 13-19 nationwide, explored the role of resilience in mental health along with gathering youth perspectives on the state of mental health issues in their community and the nation. The survey was conducted online from May 4 to May 14, 2020.

55% of teens surveyed said they had experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.  61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic had increased their feelings of loneliness.

That is why we are taking our students up to the beautiful mountains in Colorado and camping, hiking, and white water rafting for a week—remaining sober when new to recovery is difficult during the summer. The amount of free time, combined with being quarantined with family members, can make it very difficult to stay on the road to recovery.  For the past eighteen years,TAFS has provided an opportunity for teens to find fellowship with their peers in this natural environment.  Doing so this year seems more important than ever.

The experience gives them a real shot toward recovery, as they make new friends let their phone batteries die and focus on their spiritual growth.

Last summer, TAFS sent 20 teens on the trip, many from low-income areas such as Sunnyside, Kashmere Gardens, and South Park. TAFS is committed to providing the same recovery experience to all our students no matter what zip code they live in!

Today we are reaching out to you to ask for your help in raising funds too ffset the cost of the wilderness trip for 25 TAFS students to camp, hike, and white water raft in Colorado. TAFS has a sliding scale that is used to determine tuition for our teens.  Many of our current students are from lower-income families that will need full scholarships to allow their children to attend the wilderness trip.

The cost per student is $1,200, which covers transportation, lodging, gear, food, and guides. The total amount to provide this experience to our scholarship students is $30,000.

Please give today to help TAFS, and our incredible teens better navigate their journey of recovery today and for the rest of their lives.

Donate today and help save a life!


George Youngblood, LCDC, ADC III, NCACI
Executive Director, CEO

Teen & Family Services

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