Thirty Nine Thousand Kids Need to be Heard
Imagine an 8-year old girl living in a home where parents argue, older siblings punch and kick her; where money is scarce, and feelings of love and respect are non-existent. She survives sexual abuse daily, and told “don’t tell.”
Imagine a 10-year old boy neglected by his parents for weeks at a time while they binge on alcohol and drugs in their bedroom. He goes to sleep hungry, wakes up hungry; he misses school sports, music lessons, and help with homework. He lies to protect the parents who are supposed to be his protectors.
Imagine more than one hundred youth under twenty-one waking up every day in detention or a juvenile jail. Imagine more than 39,000 kids a year incarcerated. They aren’t listened to. They can’t speak freely without fear. They don’t feel of worth.
The uneasy feeling in your stomach is gnawing at you because you don’t have to imagine such horrible circumstances. It’s happening. Children are being broken every day. Children are being silenced, trafficked, used, and abused. Their voices are suppressed. Perhaps YOU were one of those children?
Imagine kids empowered to speak up, speak out, and speak freely with confidence and courage. Imagine youth discovering their personal worth. Imagine empathy in every child expanding toward their peers. Imagine bullying, abuse, and violence prevented because a teen is unwilling to stay silent about their own feelings. Imagine strong children becoming exceptional leaders as adults.
The Speak Feed Lead Project exists to help children and teens SPEAK with power, FEED others in word and deed, and LEAD with positive influence. In just 2 years our nonprofit has empowered the voices of more than three-hundred children through programs of public speaking and leadership. We can double that number in 2022 with your help.
- A gift of one-hundred dollars will grant a speechless child with a powerful voice.
- A five-hundred dollar scholarship will sponsor the unique story of one young author in a book.
- Providing two-hundred fifty dollars takes one young speaker to a TEDx stage