Story of Impact: Meet Skylar

My name is Skylar and I’ve been involved with ForeverU for four years. I’m now a ForeverU alumni member, influencer, and 2020 summer intern. I got involved in May 2017, my sophomore year of high school when my life got flipped upside down; my best friend took his life on our second day of finals.

Following that event, there was a gathering organized at a local park to commemorate him, and that was when I found out about the organization and learned about the camp that was taking place in July. The camp was where I met some of the most influential people in my life, that has now become my ForeverU family. Following the camp, I got involved in the weekly peer groups where we got to go and discuss our challenges each week and learn new skills that would help us navigate our path of life. Without this organization, I don’t think I would have made it as far as I have come. This organization and all who are involved made it possible for me to grow into a better version of myself, a version of myself that is more confident, resilient, and transparent. I’ve learned that my story is something worth sharing, and I have the best support system I could ask for. Being part of this organization has taught me so much about sustaining a balance in life, it has taught me to find myself and listen to my intuition. I have been taught skills that have now been implemented into my day to day life. I recommend everyone to get involved in some way because it teaches you how to live your story confidently and provides a great support system. To those who believe in our work or financially support our mission, thank you for giving me opportunities to change my life for the better, thank you for giving me a strong support system, and thank you for helping me become comfortable with sharing my story.

Disclaimer: ForeverU is classified as a youth development organization. While we work closely with medical professionals and have a team of licensed mental health professionals overseeing our program, it is crucial to note that our volunteers, employees, and representatives are not medical professionals. We are a community of individuals passionate about offering hope and belonging to youth experiencing mental health challenges. Therefore, ForeverU should be utilized as an extension or “add-on” resource to youth undergoing professional treatment or receiving formal counseling services from licensed mental health professionals. The information and program we provide are meant to encourage and support students and are not meant to replace medical professionals' advice or expertise.

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