Right now The Makayla Fund’s biggest hope is that neither you nor your loved ones have been touched by the coronavirus. It certainly has developed the scope that we all will likely know and pray for everyone affected by it. As news of a potential “peak” or “flattening curve” come out, we hope we all will be back to normal in some capacity soon.
Social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 can be especially hard for teens, who may feel cut off from their friends. Many also face big letdowns as graduations, proms, sports seasons, college visits and other long-planned events are cancelled or postponed. The Makayla Fund in partnership with MindWise Innovations has already been alerted about a “spike” in teen suicides in the next few months and is already planning on continued school training (even more important now) in signs of suicide in teens. We want to save that one kid’s life!!
We understand that right now the economy and the health of our communities are in a state of confusion and COVID-19 funding has been a priority. Since a fundraiser takes many months, The Makayla Fund is planning our 8th Annual Fundraiser on Saturday September 19th-our only means of keeping Teen Suicide Awareness in our local schools. The consulting firm we have partnered with to work on Teen Suicide Awareness in our local schools, MindWise Innovations, was able to execute most of its training out to the school systems we contracted with over the past year in Teen Suicide Awareness before the schools were forced to close. Now we are all gearing up for what experts predict will be an explosive summer and fall with Teen Suicide due to this Coronavirus disruption of a teen’s life and the no social contact by these teens.
We will communicate with as many more schools that have requested our assistance as we possibly can with the donations we receive (our September Fundraiser is our only fundraiser) to support our cause of educating students on Bullying and Teen Suicide Awareness.
Hoping YOUR ORGANIZATION can again assist us to save that one kid’s life by supporting The Makayla Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, in these tough economic times. Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
Tim & Kellie Guerriero
The Makayla Fund was started after Makayla Guerriero died by suicide. We now have a non-profit for Teen Suicide Awareness and High School Sports Scholarships.
The mission of the Makayla Fund is to help educate teens and their parents to assist in preventing teen suicide in Makayla’s memory through public awareness and education, reduce the stigma, and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We also want to help improve the life of local teens with our high school sports scholarship program, by giving the necessary funds to play a sport even if one can not afford it. These scholarships will help take the added pressures off families who don’t need the unwanted burdens.
The Makayla Fund is a 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
The Makayla Fund was started after Makayla Guerriero died by suicide. We now have a non-profit for teen suicide awareness and High School Sports Scholarships. In Sept. 2015, Screening for Mental Health and the Makayla Fund committed to continuing our partnership to provide comprehensive and effective suicide prevention programming to school communities. In 2015 and 2016, funding from The Makayla Fund has been used to provide SOS (Signs of Suicide) Programs and extra materials to schools, to provide youth suicide prevention training to communities, to support the national launch of the SOS Certified Training Institute, to support the development of the SOS Online Parent Portal, and to raise awareness of the SOS.
School Systems we have Partnered with since 2013: Abington, Bridgewater/Raynham, E. Bridgewater, Raynham, Rockland, South Shore Voc, Weymouth, Whitman – Hanson, Blue Hills Technical High School and the Worcester School System.
Future school systems state-wide are being planned depending on funds available to support our program.