Informing and Empowering Students
6th Annual Save A Life: April 3, 2016
Save A Life was held on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Lakeland High School. We had a biggest crowd yet with almost 500 adults and high school students in attendance!
Save A Life is a program designed to inform and empower high school students and adults to be community allies and first responders to support teens and families in crisis.
Since 2005, there have been over 45 deaths in the Yorktown - Cortlandt Manor communities alone, deaths that have been attributed to drugs and alcohol abuse, depression, as well as physical abuse, bullying and violence. It's time to break the cycle of death, sorrow and regret.
ASK was thrilled to feature an award-winning global speaker as a Keynote Speaker: Kevin Hines. Kevin is a bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy internationally.
Ginger Katz, founder of The Courage to Speak Foundation, spoke to parents about the importance of fostering open communication about the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse among young people. Ginger has been inspired to speak out by the untimely death of her son, Ian, from a drug overdose. Since 1996, she has given over 1,000 presentations nationally to hundreds of thousands of people.
Save A Life also featured the premier of “House Parties: Alcohol, Drugs and the Law” PSA (Public Service Announcement) followed by a panel discussion of professionals in the medical, law enforcement, and social services fields.
A special thank you to all our community participants - we hope you left informed and empowered on how to be community allies and first responders to support teens and families in crisis!
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With your donation of $35 or more, the Alliance for Safe Kids will mail you an autographed copy of Kevin Hines’ Memoir, “Cracked. Not Broken”. Get your copy today! The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a modern city. Yet, for author Kevin Hines the bridge is not merely […]
Gabrielle Bilik from Yorktown News wrote a beautiful article about Save A Life, which was held on Sunday, April 3, 2016: A few months after the death of her brother, Michelle Gilbert and her father participated in one of Yorktown’s Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) Save-A-Life Day events as counselors in a suicide prevention workshop. […]
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In a riveting and thought-provoking Presentation, nationally renowned speaker, Ginger Katz, shares the story of her son Ian’s losing battle with drugs. Through her Presentation, students and parents begin to recognize the telltale signs of alcohol and other drug use and the veils behind which those signs hide: anger, denial, fear, pain and deception. The […]