Send Amber to NAMI National Conference
Amber joined the NAMI team when she hosted a successful fundraiser for Suicide Prevention Month in September 2015. Inspired by her initiative, NAMI-WRV offered her a position as a youth outreach intern. She has since continued to grow at NAMI-WRV and now helps to facilitate “The Bluebirds” support group in the Wood River High School where students learn coping skills, managing everyday challenges faced by high schoolers and the power of supporting each other while doing fun activities.
Recently, Amber submitted her application for consideration of the Congressional Award, this is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. The Congressional Award is a public-private partnership and remains Congress’ only charity that honors exceptional students in their district. By the time Amber graduates, she hopes to accrue enough volunteer hours to be awarded the highest award possible-The Gold Medal of Honor. This award will help with scholarships as well as college entrance consideration as she embarks to fulfill her lofty career goals to become a psychologist (8-12 years of schooling). Amber is a sophomore in high school, therefore she has two and half more years to achieve her goal to win this award, which will help her reach her dream.
To increase her odds of success, Amber would like to go to the NAMI national conference in Washington, DC. She hopes to gain experience, learn more about what it takes to become a mental health professional and start her journey on becoming an advocate for issues she cares about. That is where you come in…
We hope to raise $3,300 to send her, and a chaperone, to DC, for this invaluable experience. Please consider donating $20-100, or any amount you can, to help with this endeavor! Every donation helps, big or small.
Upon her return, Amber will host a debrief of her trip and detail her plans to achieve gold status by the time she graduates.