As the holiday season approaches, we at The Kim Foundation are reflecting on the several events and initiatives that we’ve hosted this past year. We hosted the EmPOWER Youth Summit on October 27, in which we invited high school students together across the Metro area for a day of hope-filled education on mental wellness, social media, and other topics, with the goal that students leave feeling better equipped to advocate for themselves and others.
The EmPOWER Youth Summit was started and has been championed and supported by the Metra Area Suicide Prevention Coalition, and we were excited to serve the overall goal of starting conversations around mental health and suicide prevention earlier in order to save more lives.
We had a great line-up for the EmPOWER Youth Summit, starting with Emma Benoit. Emma was our keynote speaker, and she became passionate about suicide prevention after surviving a suicide attempt in 2017, the summer before her senior year in high school. Her attempt resulted in a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed but helped her find faith and purpose. Emma now spreads the message that recovery, hope, and healing are possible, and we were so excited to have her speak to our youth in the Omaha area! Omaha-based singer Jocelyn also performed at the EmPOWER Youth Summit. Through her songwriting, Jocelyn spreads the message of hope, healing, and kindness. Her performance was a highlight of the day, and we were excited to watch her perform. We also had several amazing breakout presenters lined up– Smart Gen Society, Boys Town National Hotline, UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work, RESPECT, and HOPE Squad all taught students how they can find the power to advocate for themselves and others. The EmPOWER Youth Summit certainly was a day full of fun, education, and empowerment!
Another fantastic event that took place this year was our annual event, A Time for Hope & Healing. This year, we were joined by Jay Glazer. Jay is currently serving as the NFL Insider for FOX Sports’ award-winning NFL pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday, where he breaks in with exclusives, late-breaking updates and injury news, and other various reports right up until the start of Sunday’s games and all the way through FOX’s Sunday coverage. We were ecstatic that he was able to join us for a Q & A session in the middle of a very busy football season, and it was great watching audience members connect and learn from his experiences living with anxiety and depression. Having someone as renowned as Jay share his personal story is extremely important as it works to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
We are also excited to announce the date of our 2023 Nebraska School Mental Health Conference! The NSMHC will take place this year in Kearney, NE at Younes Conference Center North on June 7 and 8. Keynote and conference information will be coming soon.
If you would like to get involved with The Kim Foundation or either of these iniatives, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-891-6911.