Over 10 million American adults have contemplated suicide. Over two million youths have major depression. These are the numbers from a study of cases from 2012 to 2017 conducted by nonprofit Mental Health America. mhanational.org/issues/ state-mental-health-america# Key
“There are so many people out there who need to hear that they are worth it, loved, and that they matter.” Words spoken from the heart of Rhonda G. Mincey, Executive Director of the nonprofit, Great Youth, Inc.
It is these very people and everyone else in need of hope that Great Youth, Inc. have in mind with the launching of its inaugural “Notes of Hope” initiative which aims to spread hope by giving out 1000 heartfelt “Notes of Hope” to individuals in Savannah, Georgia. The activity, slated on December 7, 2019, from 12 noon to 2 pm, is in line with #GivingTuesday that will be celebrated on December 3, 2019.
Ms. Mincey decided to give back to the community by “saturating the city” with hope instead of requesting donations for Great Youth, Inc. She realizes that people are struggling to cope with life’s challenges, and this is especially difficult during the holidays which intensifies feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. She believes that her heartfelt “Notes of Hope” will encourage people to persevere, restore their faith in humanity, and strengthen their resolve to live their best life.
The “Notes of Hope” were written primarily by Ms. Mincey, Great Youth Board of Directors, 5th grade students, and others who wanted to share an encouraging word with a stranger. These “writers of hope” have been blessed in this process. For example, one 10-year-old student stated, ““This activity meant to me that hope is always there, even in the darkest of times. I felt happy when writing this knowing that someone would feel good reading it.”
Great Youth is partnering with other organizations and schools to help distribute their “Notes of Hope”, including Summer Bonanza and Jenkins High School NJROTC. It has been said that, “No one has become poor by giving.” Indeed, people are signing up to be both Ambassadors of Hope (those who promote the event through social media) and Givers of Hope (those who will pass out the notes) because they have a heart of compassion. To join this great cause, sign up at notesofhope. greatyouth.org.