Mission: ‘You Can NOT Be Replaced’ focuses on encouraging the growth and strength of youth and families by promoting the irreplaceable value of each individual. Redefining success as using your gifts and talents for others.'
Results: We began as grassroots. We slowly crept into the community with wristbands and attending events hosted by other organizations. Through play and relationship building we established a presence with the kids. Our ranges of ages are from 7th and 8th graders to college students.
From May until October we attended events and held our own events for our high school and college students. In June we designed character cards which are strong character traits that promote daily intentional shifts towards healthy habits.
By August we had designed a Find your Passion model that redefines success as using your gifts and talents for others, which essentially redefines failure as well. We were the largest team Color Run has seen across the country with over 250 runners. In September we created a line of surf shirts designed by our daughter and produced by Jetty life Surf Company.
Our daughter Emily received the Southern Athletic Collegial Community and Character award for her work with YCNBR. Our sales of distribution of free wristbands grew monthly to 1,000 per month with our year total of 12, 000.
We then experienced the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in our town and switched gears into storm relief. We ran one of our town’s distribution centers for 3 months with a donation from a company that produced our shirts. We collected donations for another pending nonprofit until January 1st totaling over $30,000 and handled the distribution of those funds.
We then received a grant from Robin Hood foundation for $35,000. $30,000 for families, $5,000 for town events that incorporate a need with counselors present. Robin Hood stated our handling of the funds as exemplary and gave us an additional grant of $40,000.
So far we have helped over 90 families and the funds should be completely dispensed by July. We have taken no administrative costs or fees from any of the funds.
In November our daughter Emily was named a semifinalist in the Coach Wooden Citizen cup for the nation as a sophomore.
In February we began school assemblies in North Jersey and will continue until May of this year when our events begin again. In March we were on the Diocese of Trenton’s Catholic Corner and Emily was on the teen show Real Faith TV. We recently developed ‘Five’ rules for a goal focused life and ‘Filter words’ for decision making. That program can be used for all ages but was initially designed for 7th and 8th graders.
We are on the Prevention Coalition, the Monmouth County Suicide coalition and we are growing to help our local Alliance. We are hoping to have our school program Vetted within the next couple months and are developing an out of the box program for faculty that uses team building and personality relationship styles .
Target demographics: Young people 15-22 with a projected expansion to 7th and 8th grade students
Direct beneficiaries per year: 90 families were helped with Robin Hood funds through us as of 5/7/2013
Geographic areas served: USA; focused on NJ. Events are in Monmouth County NJ
Programs: Local events and trips for high school and college students, school assemblies, parent education, faculty workshops
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Following Hurricane Sandy, You Cannot Be Replaced organized a clothing drive for all the families affected in our town that may have lost everything. They accepted all different types of donations, from clothing to non-perishables to bottled water and toothpaste. They immediately got the word out and began replacing items people had lost in the storm. For the next two weeks, I volunteered with YCNBR as they organized groups of high school students and adults to go house to house checking on people that had contacted them for help. Everything was so well coordinated, even without power for 15 days and very limited resources. YCNBR is an amazing nonprofit organization that helps members of their community recognize people's uniqueness in this world, raises awareness for Teen Suicide Prevention, and helps out wherever they can. Just an unbelievable job by them.