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   "We talk to our children about safe sex, not doing drugs and not smoking. But how many of us talk to our children about depression and suicide?"                                                                                                                                            Jennifer Rambali                

Our first youth event was the Stay Thirsty for Life Save Haven Youth Luncheon. 80 teens attended this educational event held at the Strathallen Hotel in Rochester. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children did a presentation on internet safety and sexting. Rochester Works spoke to the kids about job opportunities for teens. Alternatives for Battered Woman did a presentation on healthy relationships geared for their age group. There were games, raffles and prizes. Every child left with a gift that was donated from a local retailer. It was an amazing event!


I AM ISIAH attends the WDKX Book Bag Drive every year. We set up our table, and spend the day talking to parents and their children about depression and mental health. We let everyone know the importance of communication and supporting each other.  We make sure to talk to the youngest children about bullying and peer pressure. These things lead to low self esteem and depression.


Painted by Johnnie Lee Smith for I AM ISIAH 2016Painted by Johnnie Lee Smith for I AM ISIAH 2016

On July 23, 2016 I AM ISIAH held our second youth event. This time it was outside at the Ryan Center. Wegmans donated hot dogs and chips. Munchies Roc City Empanadas donated Empanadas. Best Bounce Best Price donated a beautiful bounce house. The kids played in the water park and visited tables to learn about depression, bullying, and other mental health issues. News Channel 8 happened to be driving by and they stopped to interview us. It was an amazing day!

"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."   Peggy O'Mara