87%: The percentage of HIV patients who do not adhere to medical treatment despite the fact that treatment decreases the HIV virus, making it undetectable and eliminating the risk of passing it to others.
70%: The rate at which suicide has increased among children from 2006 to 2016. Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for youth 10-24 years of age.
50%: The percentage of refugee children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the witness of incredible violence, delayed asylum applications, detention, or the loss of culture and support systems.
We are fervently aware of the changing needs of our community and, as a result, we have expanded our Youth Development and Wellness Program (YDW). Through care navigation, peer support groups, and overnight retreats and camps, youth are encouraged to seek help, strengthen their self-esteem, and adhere to treatment.
YDW retreats are available to refugee youth experiencing post-traumatic stress, families impacted by HIV/AIDS, and children affected by substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. Funding for this project is solely from donations, making your community essential in aiding this growing vulnerable population.
Please hang one of the posters below in your community space or gathering area. For congregations, printable bulletin inserts are also available below.