It was the part in my Personal Story post titled 12 – Love, Loss, Guilt. pt 1: Heaven Sent that I knew that one day I want to be able to help teenagers. Twenty odd years later it is now starting to become reality. With still along way to go, my vision has just started. I can not be more excited to share with you all.
I am really excited to share with you that Crammed Mind is now a registered non-profit charity organisation. Crammed Mind will now legally start to collect donations and organise events to raise the funds needed to unlock my dreams. Helping teenagers who have lost themselves through negative influences. I strongly believe that having an identity crisis, as a teenager is a very common but dangerous thing. If you have read my personal story from the start, you would have seen that I had been through some tough times. The story of course has a lot more to be said.
However I will jump a little ahead and tell you all that It was only 2 years ago I started to realise that I was never who I should have been. I was 34. The scary part is that it took a nervous breakdown and therapy to make sense that I was led by many negative influences. If only I had the courage to speak back then, I know it deep down in my heart I would not have gone through majority I had gone through.
This is why Crammed Mind is passionate in getting programs in place to teach teenagers resilience, confidence; showing emotions, and most importantly, that one label is not their only Identity. I have a structured plan that I have been working on for the last year since starting the Personal story through blog. Of course it will change over time depending on resources and funding. However I am now on the right track.
We want to be involved in school talks, group discussions, one on one support and a lot more. And of course this will only happen once we start raising enough funds and bringing the right people on board.
The feedback I have had from my personal story is overwhelming. It proves that no one is alone in this world. However a teenagers mind is very impressionable and needs a lot of nurturing. They need to learn to think for themselves and respect themselves and others. If you believe teenagers need to be able to self identify, be resilient, and have more guidance in becoming an adult, then it would be much appreciated for donations of any size. If you want to get involved and become a fundraising volunteer that would be just amazing.
To make donations, you can visit crammed minds Facebook Page and use the donation button provided. Or if you like to volunteer in making something special, then you can contact me through email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have really loved everybody’s support through this journey. Help us become support for the teenagers who need it now and not in 20 years.