PLEASE HELP US RIGHT NOW TO CONTINUE TO HELP AND INFORM AND ADVOCATE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH AND CONTINUE OUR 14 YEARS OF PASSION AND SACRIFICE TO HELP KIDS!
We Urgently Need Your Help Right Now!
STREETCATS FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH and its vital programs for children, youth, parents and youth workers, including this web site and our new local Teen City and City Spirit sites and Teen-Anon (the only national 12-step fellowship for teens), our new One Heart for Kids programs, our recently-launched Reaching Up! Youth Radio encouraging weekly music and interview program for teens and twenties, our newly started national radio public service announcements educating people about the needs of children and youth and many collaborations we're building to all grow this year to help serve the enormous amount of unmet needs of American youth and to grow our new web portals--African-American Teens, Latino Teens and Youth Counselors Net.
To do that, we need YOU, no matter how small or large your donation! After 14 years, we just can't count on grants anymore, so we need to count on you for all the millions of youth, families and youth workers (secular and faith-based) we reach and help and tens of thousands more we need to help in your community and all throughout the U.S.
We've been operating on and doing all we do with well under a total budget of $30,000 a year, which isn't nearly enough to do all the good work we do and lives we help change each year! But thats not even a third of what we need to truly help youth in all the areas we are working in!
We need to do so much more so that we can help YOU, your kids, your teens, college youth, youth counselors and those who do youth ministry, teachers and government officials who constantly call, write or email us for urgent,life-saving help, advice and resources / referrals.
All we have to to is raise $50,000 more each year to continue all the projects we do, to save or change more young lives and to be sufficient to the miracles that need be helped along. YOU, your friends, schoolmates, family members, co-workers and even the company you work for can help us get there& at just $5, $10, $15, $20, $50, $100, $250 at a time...ANY help will start to make a big difference!
Even sending us just $1, $2, $5 or $10 a week in an envelope will help save the lives of tens of thousands of children and teens, keep our web sites up that help 5 million more a year AND keep thousands of adolescents in our life-saving TEEN-ANON groups and help start more groups for teens in more cities while publicizing the needs of our children on a national radio public service announcement campaign, day in and day out, as we birth new and more beneficial local coalitions between non-profit youth groups and faith-based organizations, schools and counties..
THIS web site alone (and we have 22 more helping kids, parents, families) is accessed by 2.4 million people a year looking for help, resources and referrals. Our new 30-minute weekly Reaching Up! Youth Radio show is now reaching and helping young people across the U.S. and in 31 European countries!
We have thousands of youth in our recovery groups to stay off alcohol and other drugs and learn to be productive adults and we need (and parents and teens need) to get our (www.teen-anon.com) Teen-Anon program in every county, every high school, every drug program and every juvenile hall and drug court program in the country, as it already is in places like Anaheim California, Eau Claire Wisconsin, Chicago, Miles City Montana, Enterprise and Ft.. Lauderdale FL, Ft.Worth Texas New Haven Ct and other towns and cities and just beginning in Ohio in our first Juvenile Court recovery program! A similar program, Young and Recovering, is now being birthed by us for college students with alcohol and other drug problems (they have increased dramatically on campuses)
WE NEED YOUR HELP, RIGHT NOW!
Our National Childrens Coalition vitally helps advocate the cause of helping American children and has since 1995. Our newly-launched (www.oneheartforkids.com) national campaign, introduced at a One Heart for Kids benefit concert in Oakland by our friend and long-time supporter Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary last year, seeks to educate the public still further about childrens needs and the American tragedy of children, while starting chapters in each city to gather volunteers and raise money to fund all the grassroots youth organizations like ours around the country, that are daily sacrificing to help our kids, while funders have ignored them and us except sporadically.
Our new model Interfaith Family Resource Center project, getting churches and synagogues and secular youth organizations all working together in a community or whole county, with a hotline and drop-in centers, is something that can be replicated anywhere in the country and needs to be.
We long to restart our Street Kids program, which, for 6 years, was the most (successful on-the-street counseling and help program for runaways in several cities. Major organizations you may have heard of that are supposedly helping 'teens' no longer help ANYONE under 18!
HELP US RIGHT NOW TO CONTINUE TO HELP AND INFORM AND ADVOCATE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH AND CONTINUE OUR 14 YEARS OF PASSION AND SACRIFICE TO HELP KIDS!
We need YOUR help urgently so that we don't tragically miss helping a single child or teenager or parent or youth worker who needs our help!
We'll tell you HOW to donate or raise money down below with the need being RIGHT NOW, but first.....
An American child is reported abused or neglected every 11 seconds.
An American child is born into poverty every 43 seconds.
One of our children or teens is killed by gunfire every 2.5 hours, 9 kids every day, 87,000 in the past 20 years.
5,000 or more teens commit suicide every year.
581,000 children are in foster care, many thousands still being abused, while 127,000 wait for foster care.
80% of our teens who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs get NO help of any kind with their addictions, to stem the tide of personal and family heartbreak, teen violence and crime, domestic violence, unsafe sex, school disruption and poor grades...yet our program has gotten just $13,000 in funding over 3 years--less than $5,000 a year.
1.3-2 million of our children and youth run away each year, with tens of thousands becoming drug addicted, in prostitution and living on our streets in major cities.
READ ABOUT US at our ( ) Streetcats web site and all we do on an average yearly budget, FOR EVERYTHING, of under $25,000 a year and during 2002, just 1/2 of that--only $6000 for the year, which is why we URGENTLY need YOUR help or your business' help or your fundraising help or all 3 RIGHT NOW, to help children and youth!
HOW TO REACH US: Tax-Deductible donations may be made to Streetcats Foundation, 1550 N.E. 137th. Avenue Portland OR, 97230. You can reach us by email at [email protected] or by phone 510 316-7100. (It's good to BOTH email us and call us if you want to reach us!)
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