A new, uplifting series highlighting hope and resilience across America! Hope Givers is a first of its kind, available at no cost, and aligned to standards for students in grades 6-12. Episodes showcase real stories, animation shorts, youth self-care activities, student films, and musical performances. In every episode, our resident mental health professional, Dr. Reef Karim, provides a very relatable breakdown for students, teachers, and parents. Themes include Resilience, Connectedness, Advocacy, Goal-Setting, and having a Mentor/Trusted Adult.
Mr. 2-17, rapper and producer, admits that he struggles with mental health but exhibits resilience through proper goal setting and self care.
Jae Carter and their mentor Rachel Thomas share their experiences as human trafficking victims. Jae and Rachel are now building an empowered and educated community to help victims of human trafficking globally.
Actress & model Lily Moore shows how forgiveness is so important - those that are being bullied are taking the blunt from someone else that is struggling in their own way.
Giovan "G for short" Bazan, an international mental health speaker, shares his story growing up in the foster care system. As a victim of physical and sexual abuse as a child, he spent years heavily medicated. "G" battled with his own depression and suicidal thoughts, but through his own incredible journey became an international advocate for youth in the foster care system.
Mark Lucas, an Alabama native, learned how to achieve his goal of becoming a rock star while facing cortical dysplasia. Mark thought he would have to give up on his dreams after his diagnosis, but is now a mentor/trusted adult who helps children who are living with neurological disorders and autism explore music therapy.
Alex Berthelot is proof that recovery is possible. A sexual assault victim and suicide survivor who shares her story through the RESPECT Institute, Alex gives hope to others through storytelling.
"Resiliency: One Step At A Time": We meet Brandon Todd, a fashion designer in rural America who understands the value of mental health.
In our season finale, Kevin Hines, the most well-known suicide prevention speaker in the world, shares his story of darkness to light. In this episode, we learn about advocacy, affirmations, peer-to-peer support, and how adults can easily help youth through mental health challenges by actively listening. Musical Guest is CLOUDLAND.
Hope Givers brings together six high school students from across Georgia for an honest discussion about depression, anxiety, social media, COVID-19, trusted adults, and rising suicide rates with youth.
Tyler Gordon, a 16-year-old painting prodigy, has painted for celebrities such as LeBron James, Janet Jackson, and Vice President Kamala Harris. Tyler admits that he struggles with bullying and mental health challenges but exhibits resilience through proper goal-setting and coping strategies.
Chatejah George, the world’s youngest Black female film studio owner, shares her personal experiences and highlights the importance of goal setting, managing obstacles, and never giving up on one's dreams.
Charleese Williams, recipient of the 2021 Rising Black Scientist Award, discusses healthy coping strategies for battling her mental health challenges as well as leading the way for representation in STEM fields.