There are those who see a need and act on it. Teresa Valley and Kalika Curry are two of those people. Teresa runs a nonprofit Girls Giving Back and Kalika works with youth at the Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB). In collaboration with the sponsors listed below, Teresa and Kalika are launching a new program entitled “The Awareness Project”.
Kalika and Teresa regularly talk with youth or parents of youth who are struggling with addiction, depression, social issues or suicidal ideation who do not know where to turn for assistance. The Awareness Project is a 3-prong program which includes online forums, educational workshops and personalized connections to an expansive network of resources. Kalika states, "Working at a teen center I often see a lot of youth and parents who are unaware of the amazing resources we have in our community. Teresa Valley, President of Girls Giving Back, and I are launching the Awareness Project to bridge the gap between our community and the resources they need!" The Awareness Project will begin their 2015 Workshop series in January covering topics chosen by youth and adults from the community. Some of the topics covered will be homelessness, healthcare resources, beauty and identity, substance and chemical abuse, and career resources.
To launch this project there will be a 1st Annual Awareness Project Concert and Fundraiser at KTUB at 6:00 p.m. on November 15th, with live musical performances by Maya Ohayon, Amanda Markley, Matt Bacnis Band, and Special Guest, Tayla Lynn, Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter. There will also be an art sale featuring youth art from the Girls Give Back “Paint for a Cause” workshop and an active community art project “Awareness Is”. Food and beverages will be served as well.
If you are interested in learning more about this project or becoming involved in this worthwhile cause, please join The Awareness Project on November 15th at 6:00 p.m. for an evening filled with joy, hope and community at the Kirkland Teen Union Building, located at 348 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033, or go to http://www.girlsgivingback.org/ for more information.
The Awareness Project would like to extend their gratitude to their sponsors: Carstar, Lady Yum, Performance Mechanical Group, Me! Me! Baby Cakes, Dawn’s Candy & Cake, The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland, Kirkland ParkplaceCinema, Bellevue Zip Tour, and Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse.
Written by Kat Cannon