International Day of Friendship Fundraising Campaign 2021
Proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities, International Day of Friendship is the perfect moment to come together, honor the amazing life of Hunter Reinholt, and help fulfill the mission of #HuntersWorld.
Since his passing at 15 years of age, Tracy and Hunter’s friends envisioned an organization that would carry on Hunter’s life’s passion, and help other teenagers to deal with the many difficult things they encounter that require a friendly smile or a shoulder to cry on, or just to have someone listen to their unique problems. They started a foundation, the namecoined by his friends; it’s called #HuntersWorld, and it does just that. It is a teen mentoring program that engages certified social workers to provide support and training for other teens helping to equip them to work with teens that are needing a friendly ear in a safe environment. The organization transports, feeds and encourages teens to know that they are not alone and to help them feel safe to express their fears and concerns.
In the 2 years since we lost Hunter, this special foundation has doubled in size and has existed based solely on contributions from caring individuals and companies. We are asking you to support our commitment to help others by contributing to this special organization that was borne out of the love and devotion of one special 15 year old child.
When asked who his friends were, without hesitation he said “anyone who talks to me is my friend”. You can imagine that he had many of them. That is why, with the International Day of Friendship coming, Hunter is someone that should have his name, and his cause, associated with such a day.
So please donate to HuntersWorld in our 2nd Annual International Day of Friendship campaign. Your donations, large or small, will be appreciated and put to good use.
Be sure to make your donation by our deadline of July 30!
Thanks in advance for helping to make our fundraising campaign a success!
A Teen Mentoring Program Created & Driven by Teenagers
#HuntersWorld gives teenagers a safe place free of judgement to talk about their emotions with the support of their peers. Here they learn to share with their mentors, which helps them build a strong foundation of self-worth that they will continue to foster throughout high school, college and adulthood. We currently host weekly meetings to high school students throughout Jersey City and the surrounding areas.
Who We Are
Hunter was fearless and outgoing and had an unforgettable sense of humor. More than that, he was a staunchly loyal friend with a gift for making those around him feel safe, heard and accepted. His friends and family missed this so much, they came together and created #HuntersWorld.
At its core, #HuntersWorld is a teen peer mentoring program – created and driven by teenagers. In today’s environment, teenagers face an unprecedented amount of pressure and stress. Approximately 1 in 5 teenagers suffer from a mental health disorder, most commonly depression and anxiety. Left unchecked, these mental health issues can lead teens down the road to making dangerous choices such as violence, substance abuse and even suicide. #HuntersWorld aims to fight this crisis among our teens by destigmatizing these mental health issues and teaching them to talk about their challenges. Recent studies show peer mentoring has a measurable positive impact on self-esteem, building relationships with adults, and teen’s attitudes towards school.
Working closely with our staff social worker, we have created a mentor training and certification program. Our mentors go through an 8 week intensive program that covers such topics as: feelings, trust, peer pressure, coping mechanisms, counselling techniques, suicide prevention, substance abuse, LGBTQ issues, racism, violence, consent and more. This training is ongoing throughout the school year as they work weekly with our social worker while also meeting weekly with our program participants.
Hunter’s heart was incredibly open and filled with empathy. He was once asked who his “people” were, and he replied by saying “people who talk to me are my people.” It’s with this kind and sincere approach that we strive to create something that exemplifies how Hunter lived - and what we all miss most about him.
Want to Get Involved?
This is Our Second Year
There Are A Lot of Ways You Can Help:
Weekly Mentor Meetings
Fundraising, Mentor Training, Homeless
Outreach Events—There Are Lots of Ways
to Be a Part of #HuntersWorld!
Wondering how you can help?
Interested in getting involved?
Want to attend our weekly meetings?
Please contact us today!
124 Monticello Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304