Seven years ago, FISP saw the unbelievable rise in teen and pre-teens suicides that alarmed the entire country. Suicide became the second leading cause death for 10 to 24-year-olds. FISP knew that we needed to provide our teens with a safe place to discuss their problems while learning how to deal with all the stresses of today in school and at home.
FISP gathered experts to develop the HOPE Sunshine Club 32 weeks school board approved curriculum. It includes tools to build leadership skills, problem solving and coping skills and much more. Support materials are provided for weekly discussions about all the subjects below. FISP trains a teacher to run the club in Suicide Awareness and Prevention (YSAP) and the club curriculum.
Today we have HOPE Sunshine Clubs in 44 schools in 2 counties. We are in 12 middle schools and 32 high schools and growing every week. This club has saved 12 teen lives in 8 different schools in the last 6 years. The club members have also helped 2 girls stop cutting themselves. Club members learn to share and make other students feel safe, so they can come to the club for help. They learn to use what they have learned not only help themselves, but help others too. When asked what make this club different from others the answer is, "this is not a club, this is a family, a place where we feel NOT ALONE, are cared about not judged and helped.
At the end of year, each club holds a HUGS for HOPE Event and shares with the whole school what they have learned. Subjects included in the HOPE Sunshine Club curriculum are: the "Solutions Unlimited Now," SUN Program 10 steps to problem solving, coping skills, communication skills, suicide prevention, bullying, do’s and don’ts of Social media, stress relief, brain disorders and diseases, coping with loss, substance abuse, anger management, gender, distracted driving, dating violence, family issues, sex and cultural diversity.