A few days ago a website was started by a young girl named Kenzee Walker. The site is called Teens With Hope. Its a support group made by teens, for teens all across the globe. Her hope is that eventually the site will grow and become bigger and better, helping others, and saving lives. Kenzee would just go online, and type in common interests such as suicidal, suicide, self-harm, cutting, cutter, cut, etc. to find forums where she could offer her help. This was the beginning of her interest in creating the site.
She created an email, gave it to those in need, and spoke with over twenty plus people. 80% of the people that she spoke to were suicidal and self-harmed. Some of the teens were younger than me. It broke her heart and she knew something had to be done. So, with the help of a friend she set out to save lives.
As soon as she had time she began work on the site and got it up and running in within ten hours. The site isn’t perfected yet, but Kenzee is working to improve it everyday. Kenzee contacted our team at Reminderband to create wristbands to help her further her cause. Her courage and strength has inspired us and we have created custom wristbands for her cause.
The bands read: Smile. Because you’re alive. A mantra we believe everyone can appreciate.
Reminderband is proud to sponsor the GimmeMo foundation. Read on the hear our guest blogger Meaghan O’Connor relive how she got involved with GimmeMo.
I remember the first time I saw Monique Coleman while I was in New York City this past summer. A midwest girl with big city stars in my eyes, I just so happened to think that meeting a Disney Channel High School Musical star would be the highlight of my summer. We got a group picture that night, and all I remember thinking was please let her stand next to me so that I can show my mom and sisters. I had no idea that later that summer we’d meet to talk about partnering up for the journey she says she’s always been destined for.
“This is something that’s never been done before… it’s about giving youth their voice back,” she said at our first meeting.
I saw the passion and fire in her eyes that night, and have accepted a position on her team because I too believe in the mission—creating a real and open environment for youth to engage in conversation that they can barely find a time or place for otherwise.
This fall, Monique is asking teens across the country what they want Mo’ of. We’ll be taking feedback from our listeners, interacting with our guests and followers, and talking about subjects that will encourage teens to express themselves and learn without fear or embarrassment.
With the added help of Reminderband, we’ll soon be spreading our message by taking it to the streets. We’ll be handing out wristbands that ask the question: What do you want Mo’ of? We’ll also be talking to and interacting with teens on a quest to become the ultimate listener and representative of our young audience.
So what do YOU want Mo’ of?
Because whatever it is, GimmeMo has it for you.
I believe in the future of GimmeMo. I believe that youth deserve a judgement-free circle to talk about things that are both real and relevant in their own lives. I believe that Monique will reach people and make lasting impressions. After all, Monique got a twenty-year-old college girl focused on a professional career to turn her head at a party, who’s to say that she won’t grab the voices of teens all across the world?