GrievingTeens™ is seeking $16,829.49 to provide intensive support to help teens in grief in the Desert Communities for the school year 2016-2017. We have had a GrievingTeens Grief Camp in the past. Our first, with students from Desert Hot Springs High School, lasted for 2 ½ days. We want to be able to address the grief issues and prevent or alter the unraveling of young lives. Lives either grow through grief or begin to unravel with anger, depression, eating and sleep disorders, drug and alcohol use, cutting and other issues. For the last 19 years GrievingTeens™ has provided grief support to young people in public high schools (Desert Hot Springs High School, Palm Desert High School, La Quinta High School, and Shadow Hills High School). We have also spoken to thousands of students in Health and Psychology classes on Death and Dying. We work with high visibility losses such as deaths due to accidents, but we normally help young people with issues of grief from losses in their family and close friends. Grief, from losses in young lives, has been documented to affect lives and can be a turning point for good or bad. Young people dealing with loss are more likely to use drugs or alcohol to cope with the emotional pain, act out in violence, be depressed, suffer from eating or sleep disorders, and have their grades drop. Some act out in anger at home or in society. The Desert Sands School District gave GrievingTeens™ an award for the first 10 years of our involvement in their District High Schools. We have worked in schools and want to improve what we do with students. We want to invite young people who have had a traumatic loss to a 3 day Grief Camp. We want their parents to be involved in the camp with them if at all possible. A detailed GrievingTeens™ Grief Camp Schedule is available. We have developed a GrievingTeens™ Grief Camp Journal for Students that is available on Amazon.com and other locations. We want to provide two Grief Camps here in the Desert at different times of the year. Our plan is to have one December 27-30, 2016, when students are out of school. Our second would be the last week of June, 2017. We wish to be prepared to respond to a community crisis a suicide or a traffic accident or loss that affects the lives of many young people.