Who We Are
“People who talk to me are my people.”
At it's 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, counseling 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.