The FIRE Within: Student Entrepreneurs Preventing Youth Suicide
We sustain a passion for life by coaching empathic young leaders to develop social enterprises for mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
A propos de vous
A propos de vous
A propos de votre organisation
Carson J Spencer Foundation
États Unis, CO, Denver
Pays dans lesquels ce projet crée un impact social
États Unis, CO, Denver, Denver County
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Le type d’école(s) à laquelle votre solution est destinée :
Publique (pas de frais de scolarité)
Depuis combien de temps votre organisation opère-t-elle ?
Plus 5 années
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Sélectionnez la phase qui s'applique le mieux à votre solution
Extension (la prochaine étape consiste à étendre l'impact à l'échelle régionale, voire internationale)
Depuis combien de temps votre solution est-elle en vigueur?
En place depuis plus de 5 ans
Le besoin : quel problème tentez-vous de résoudre ?
1.Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Colorado adolescents, and Colorado has the 6th highest suicide death rate. Most programs teach warning signs and resources, but students are passive learners and suicide is treated as a problem rather than a result of other problems.
2.Schools struggle to engage students in meaningful work with measurable results, and research shows that engagement levels are directly correlated to success.
3.Many business leaders take short cuts to success that hurt communities and customers. We need to instill the value that doing good is good business in our future leaders.
La solution: quelle solution proposez-vous ? Soyez précis !
Through the FIRE Within program young leaders apply business entrepreneurial strategies to suicide prevention, and in the process, transform themselves and their community. We provide an intensive, year-long curriculum which, in partnership with Junior Achievement, teaches high school students hands-on business skills, entrepreneurship and leadership, all through the lens of advancing suicide prevention and awareness. Over 30 hours of programming is delivered using a combination of Junior Achievement’s “Be Entrepreneurial” program and CJSF’s entrepreneurial suicide prevention curriculum. Students learn facts about teen suicide, research and identify the root causes of suicidal ideation among their peers, explore prevention strategies, and develop, compete for seed funding, and ultimately execute a business plan that raises revenue and achieves market-based solutions to prevent suicide.
Le système : décrivez un exemple spécifique montrant de quelle façon votre initiative fonctionne ; indiquez vos principales activités.
Students participate in a hands-on curriculum that develops as follows:
• Junior Achievement Be Entrepreneurial: Entrepreneurial Skills
• Intro to Social Enterprise: Triple Bottom Line, Root Causes and Solutions
• Leading with Empathy: How Empathy Makes Businesses Successful
• Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): National Suicide Prevention/Intervention Strategy
• Strengths of a Team: Skill Set Diversity Makes Companies Successful
• Needs Assessment: Learning and Implementing Methods for Researching the Root Cause of Suicide in the Community
• Safe Messaging: Talking about Suicide Safely and Effectively
• Addressing the Root Cause: Design a Marketable Product to Solve the Root Cause
• Business Plan: Create a Plan to Produce and Market the Product
• Business Plan Competition: Compete for Seed Funding for Social Enterprises
• Implement: Make it happen, Measure the Results!
Throughout the curriculum, students are given the tools they need to become participants in the solution for suicide in their communities. In the process, they develop skills that uniquely qualify them to run effective social enterprises. The real magic happens when the students businesses are seed funded and they get to implement their plans. Our evaluations show that each individual student impacts 100 others in this process, making it radically culture changing for their schools and communities.
Le marché : qui sont vos collègues et vos concurrents ? Identifiez les autres personnes qui travaillent à répondre au même besoin et indiquez ce qui vous différencie d'elles. Comment ces concurrents pourraient-ils influencer votre réussite ou votre croissance ?
• Other business/leadership programs (Junior Achievement, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA)
• Other student engagement programs (Colorado Youth at Risk, Project VOYCE)
• Other suicide prevention programs (Sources of Strength, QPR, SafeTALK, SOS)
These programs do not provide hands on learning of running a social enterprise or foster social change. We strive to fill gaps in education, engagement, and prevention instead of duplicating services. JA is part of our curriculum, and students use our project to compete in other business education programs. Our program does not duplicate the whole school education that other prevention programs provide; we supplement it with deeper, transformational learning and enterprise.
Maintenant que vous avez bien réfléchi à votre participation, aidez-nous à la présenter.
décrivez votre organisation, votre programme ainsi que les services ou les produits proposés (1 ou 2 phrases brèves). [136 caractères/25 mots]
We sustain a passion for life by coaching young leaders to develop social enterprises for mental health promotion and suicide prevention
expliquez le caractère innovant de votre initiative (1 ou 2 phrases brèves). [136 caractères/25 mots]
We coach young leaders to use entrepreneurial principles and innovative products to become participants in community suicide prevention
This Entry is about (Issues)
Jusqu'à ce jour, quels résultats a obtenu votre projet ?
Each student impacts at least 100 other individuals. Our 275 students have impacted 27,500 students in 12 schools and 4 districts. Students who participate in our program have an 80-100% increase in content knowledge and confidence, and the majority have referred someone to mental health services. In the students social impact measures, they show their products achieving a 70-100% increase in knowledge AND behavior of their peers – they are changing their schools’ culture! Students leave our program understanding the root causes of suicide, and confident that they can make a difference. They are also capable of addressing issues at the causal level, making them more prepared for their future. FIRE Within Alumni are innovative, resilient entrepreneurs who help others sustain a passion for life.
Quelles sont vos prévisions en termes d'impact au cours des trois prochaines années?
In 2012-13 school year, we will be in 22 schools in Colorado, directly serving about 500 students and impacted 50,000. By the end of the 2013-14 school year, we will be in 50 schools statewide, directly serving about 1,000 students and impacting 100,000. In two years we will have directly served about 1,500 students, impacting a total 150,000. In three years we will have directly served 2,500 students, impacted 250,000, and worked in 50-70 schools statewide.
Quels sont les obstacles qui risquent de freiner votre projet ? Comment pensez-vous les surmonter ?
School Recruitment: We have hired a team of uniquely qualified individuals to build relationships and have partnered with organizations that are currently successful in working with schools.
Funding Rapid Growth: We received an investment and matching grant from the Coors foundation to support our expansion. We have also added an innovative, sustainable fund-development method. We have taken a sales approach to fund development, allowing individuals and corporations to Adopt a School. Adopt a School helps schools and businesses form mutually beneficial relationships, financially supporting the FIRE Within and bringing volunteers from the business into the school and students into the business.
Les meilleures propositions possèdent un programme solide détaillant leurs prévisions pour atteindre et suivre leurs objectifs de croissance. Identifiez vos objectifs à 6 mois pour accroître vos résultats
In six months we will have commitments from 22 schools to participate in our program and will continue our program evaluation to
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre ces objectifs à six mois
Recruit and fund (through Adopt a School) 22 schools and 3 waitlisted schools to participate in program
Assemble a team of employees and volunteers to deliver curriculum and evaluation (position descriptions, hiring process, contrac
Complete program evaluation and enhance curriculum accordingly, publish results
Et maintenant, voyez les choses en plus grand ! Identifiez vos objectifs à 12 mois
In twelve months we will have commitments from 50 schools to participate in our program and continue program evaluation.
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre vos objectifs à 12 mois
Recruit and fund (through Adopt a School) 50 schools and 5-10 waitlisted schools to participate in program
Create regional structure for microfinancing and business plan competition
Continue program evaluation and publish results
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
“It was more of an ‘Aha!’ process. After my brother died by suicide his friends and family were getting together and realizing that so many people suffered in silence. We had to do something. We also saw that what was being done wasn’t working for enough people – we had to fill the gap. During the first business plan competition when the students only had 5 weeks and $25 to change the world, I saw the amazing things they could do. Their reach was beyond what any professional could even imagine. I knew that growing this program would save so many lives. It isn’t just suicide prevention; the youth are solving all of the things that contribute to suicide, too.” – Sally Spencer Thomas
Quels sont vos différents partenariats ?
1. Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc. (JARMI) who provides access to classrooms and the JA Be Entrepreneurial curriculum.
2. Second Wind Fund, who provides free access to quality mental health services for at-risk and un and underinsured youth.
3. We collaborate with The Partnership for Families and Children, a non-profit technical assistance organization to implement an evaluation on the FIRE Within Program and share workspace with them in a non-profit hub in Denver.
Avec quelle équipe (employés, bénévoles, etc.) pensez-vous atteindre vos objectifs de croissance définis dans la section sur l'impact social? [75 mots]
Our program will be supported by a central staff who oversees fund development, program delivery, training, recruitment, and community relations. We will also be hiring contract educators to manage classrooms. The educators will be supported by community volunteers. We partner with outside organizations to deliver pieces of our curriculum, analyze the results of our evaluation, and provide free mental health services to students in our schools. We will also have a youth advisory board.
Expliquez plus en détails les besoins et les offres indiqués ci-dessus ou proposez un type d'aide non mentionné dans la liste
We believe that services should not be duplicated, and actively strive to collaborate in innovative ways to improve our efficacy. Community resource sharing furthers mutual goals and keeps programs effective and responsive. We are in it together, and will share and gladly take relevant support as we grow and learn.