IvySky was founded by a group of teens who have all experienced the effects of mental illness firsthand. We were tired of inadequate solutions, and since actions speak louder than words, we decided to turn our experiences into action.
IvySky is a teen-led non-profit organization dedicated to creating resources for the mental health epidemic. IvySky has partnered with Project Helping to help increase the reach of mental health resources available to teens.
The IvySky app will be a one-of-a-kind mental health resource.
We are launching a teen-inspired merchandise line.
We will bring awareness to mental health and help each follower start their own conversation.
The IvySky Ambassador program allows teens to help their friends and represent mental health.
IvySky's Mission is plain and simple. We are dedicated to decreasing suicide rates by working to build comprehensive resources and social campaigns. These resources will provide support for everyone regardless of race, gender identity, socio-economic status, education level, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.
We are dedicated to creating resources for the mental health epidemic. To the left you will see a few of the ways we carry out our mission.
I led my first event on Saturday, September 15th at Jovial Concepts. It is an organic community garden for low-income families. Overall, it was a simple task to be a leader because it wasn’t much different from being just a volunteer. Mostly just checking people in, making sure everybody has something to do, and talking a bit about what we do. I found that making conversation with all the volunteers was the hardest part. Personally, I feel so awkward asking questions and I think I answered them in an awkward way. Other than that, I did fine because the rest of the time was like any other time I’ve volunteered.
I lead my first event on September 23rd for Denver Parks and Recreation. It was with my mom, who is also a Kynd Leader! I was awkward talking to people and felt as if I didn’t ask as many questions as I should have about the person I was working with. There is definitely room for improvement on the communication skills. Other than that, it was pretty fun getting out there and picking up trash from public places that many families use every day.
I lead my first event at Treasure House of Hope. This is a group that bakes bread in order to keep the organization open and able to help people in need. It went well; everyone was very nice and respectful and we got along really great. I’m a very shy person but, surprisingly, I talked to almost everyone and that made everything go smooth. It made me feel happy! Leaving that day made me feel really great knowing that I helped with something that could change someone’s life. I am really proud of everyone there and myself too.
My first event was at Dress for Success on December 8th. Dress for Success is an organization that allows people, mostly women, to have interview appropriate clothes in order to help them get back on their feet. I didn’t know what to expect but as soon as I got in, I was greeted by friendly people who helped me get started. The other Kynd leader was named Chloe and she had an answer to every question I or anyone else asked. There weren’t many people, so Chloe and I helped organize clothes into style and size. We organized for about an hour and a half, but it didn’t feel that long because of how nice everyone was.
My first Project Helping event as a leader was educational and fun. I helped lead an event where we made and served breakfast to Urban Peak, a homeless shelter for youth. First, I showed up early and met with Tricia before the event. She checked in with me and helped ease me into the process. I was co-leading with an amazing, long time Project Helping leader named Bridget, who was very helpful in walking me through the things that needed to happen. Since there were only a few volunteers, Bridget had me working more as a volunteer than as a leader. This was helpful because I got to observe what leading looks like and try things out without the pressure of being the only leader. At the end, Bridget gave me some advice and told me more about what usually happens at this event. I learned a lot about leading and about Urban Peak.