In a perfect world, every child would grow up in a place where they feel loved and supported. A place that nurtures their growth and allows them the opportunity to be heard while simultaneously demonstrating that they have a future.
As much as a we can long for this perfect world to exist, the Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth has been working towards this goal for decades, and now needs your help!
The non-profit was founded when 16-year-old Shaka Franklin took his own life. This tragic incident sparked a light in his father, Les Franklin to start this foundation to prevent the alarming growth rate of youth suicide.
Over the course of the past 30 years, the foundation has provided athletic programs, youth and family programs, given thousands of speeches regarding suicide, and even provided grants to people in need to show parents and children that there can be a bright future for them.
The foundation is now attempting to overtake their largest project ever by building the Shaka Franklin Foundation Complex for Youth in Denver so that they can establish a home base where those in need can come for help. Some of the features of the complex include a full ice rink where kids will have the opportunity to be a part of a team using equipment provided by the foundation, as well as a rec center for children and a computer lab for parents.
This all-encompassing complex cannot be brought to fruition without your help. Research shows that 40-59 year olds have the highest suicide rate, followed by youth suicide. This complex can provide a community for both parents and children alike where they can feel like their future is bright and a head of them.
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“‘You’d need the entire newspaper simply to highlight what Marianne and Les have done, privately and without any fanfare, to help individuals find better lives,’ Peg Brantley says. ‘Marianne is one of the most amazing and giving people I know.’
They’ve taken a young ice hockey player from San Diego, who was spending his first winter in Colorado and had no socks or winter clothing, to Sports Authority, where they outfitted him in $2,000 worth of weather-appropriate clothing. They’ve opened their home to countless teenagers with no place else to go, delivered food to children in Africa whose breakfast consisted of biscuits and sugar water, and have helped connect people here to services that can help them get back on their feet.” -The Denver Post
“The half-million-dollar foundation is developing recording studios, a 240-acre mountain retreat, a computer lab for kids who are at risk and a hockey arena. ‘Les' program is very successful,’ says Dar Emme, founder of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program in Westminster, Colo. ‘Taking the grief of losing a child and turning it into something positive is absolutely wonderful.’” -Time Magazine
Donation by mail or in person can be addressed to: Shaka Franklin Foundation 8101 E Dartmouth #11 Denver, CO 80231
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