- Founded in 1986 following a one-day conference attended by Judy Crowell (in picture below) along with other educators, parents, psychologists and law enforcers to explore St. Louis area youth needs and desires
- Executive committee recruited and agency incorporated in 1987
- Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors; three Directors are teens representing the different agency programs
- Provides services that encourage young people to find the strength and hope to cope positively with the pressures and stressors in their lives
- Only telephone hotline in the Midwest staffed entirely by trained teen volunteers
- KUTO Crisis Worker volunteers help over 1,200 callers every year
- Hundreds of students have completed training to become Peer Helpers
- More than 35,000 yellow ribbons and KUTO wallet cards are distributed during Yellow Ribbon Project each year
- Partners with mental health organizations and service providers to reduce the stigma associated with depression, brain illness and suicide
- Offers support for teens that are struggling with grief, guilt, anger and sadness following a suicidal loss
- Collaborates to offer creative initiates to advance peer mentoring, prevention advocacy and student-led health and wellness projects like Winning with Wellness, the Yellow Ribbon Project, Saving our Students, and Spotlight Theater T.E.E.N.
- Member of the American Association of Suicidology
- Member of the National Peer Helper Association, the Light for Life Foundation, the Mental Health Association and the United Way of Greater St. Louis
- Awards scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a “helping field” in college or advanced education.
A brief history…
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