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What Club Will To Live is All About
Within a year of the founding of The Will To Live Foundation, Inc., the students of Northview High School, in Johns Creek, GA created the first ever “Club Will To Live” as part of Northview’s Club program.
Their mission was to be the ambassadors of the Life Teammates message of the Will To Live Foundation in their school. One of the original Club Will To Live founders, Jossylen Thornton explains; “We created a club that represented a “place to go” within our school where students could “talk about” the issues they face. The Will To Live Foundation was encouraging all teens to reach out to each other and talk to each other, because we understand each other best, so creating the club just made so much sense – we needed it.”
Over the years, the Club Will To Live blossomed and in the past 2 years have put on events to raise money for other kids in need. This past spring, their “Life Teammates Movie Night” raised over $10,000, enough for Club Will To Live, to sponsor and “fund a wish” for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s GA chapter.
“We are so proud of this club and the initiative these kids have shown” says WTL founder John Trautwein. “As a result of their ingenuity, we now will have 10 Will To Live Club’s in high schools in GA this year – and are already getting requests from teens in schools across the country.”
A Place To Go To “Talk About It”
The Will To Live Foundation, funded the original implementation of the acclaimed Signs of Suicide (SOS) program (From Screening For Mental Health) to every middle and high school in Fulton County, GA, as well as hundreds of schools across America. The members of Club Will To Live are ambassadors of the program and in particular the “ACT” initiative, where students are encouraged to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell) when they see a friend in need. Click here for more info on Fulton County Schools SOS program.
Teammate Talks: A video blog given once a month by WTL co-founder and President John Trautwein, designed to stimulate the conversation within Club Will To Live. Getting the kids themselves to address the various issues and circumstances and challenges that are so prevalent in their lives today. Whether it be social media pressures, college application pressures, or the power of a Life Teammate, these ‘Teammate Talks’ will stir the conversation – and get kids to work together – helping each other navigate the challenge of being a teen today.
“There is no better place to find hope than in the eyes of a friend” – John Trautwein
Delivering Hope to each other!
The kids of Club Will To Live in Northview High School alone, have already raised over $10,000 each of the past two years putting together fundraisers that were designed, created and implemented by the kids. In doing so, the Life Teammate bonds of giving are created.
Club Will To Live Chapters Today:
High Schools: Northview, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Blessed Trinity, S. Forsyth, C. Forsyth, W. Forsyth, Lambert, Centennial
Middle Schools: River Trail
Colleges/Universities: UGA, University of Florida, & coming soon: GA Tech, GA Southern