by Ellie Mast and Aaliyah Adkins, Co-Creators of River Jam
Seniors in the Leadership and International Relations Center at JRHS
River Jam Details
Where: In the James River High School senior parking lot
When: Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 1pm-4pm
As part of our Leadership and International Relations Center curriculum, we were tasked with creating a 60-hour service project that embodies the four cornerstones of leadership: perspectives, communications, ethics, and service. We spent countless hours thinking of what kind of event we should create that would benefit a charity that inspired us. After seeing the devastating toll of mental illnesses in our community, we knew it was time for change.
We created River Jam, a charity music and arts festival, benefitting the Cameron K. Gallagher foundation, that is aimed at starting a conversation about mental health issues in the Chesterfield County community.
More than 3,400 high schoolers attempt suicide every day in America. Our community suffers from this problem; eight students have made an attempt on their lives in the last year alone. River Jam’s beneficiary, the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, is an active member in our community that builds programs for teenage sufferers of mental illness and provides resources for suicide prevention.
Inspired by CKG’s activism and “Speak Up” mentality, we applied their principles of transparency, optimism, and faith to create an event where all feel free to be their truest selves and de-stigmatize mental illness. River Jam’s mission is to provide a family-friendly environment that fosters connectivity, raise awareness of harmful mental health stigmas, and promote helpful coping mechanisms.
River Jam will be a dynamic event that hosts bands, offer food and games:
- Bands: 5 Second Rule, School of Rock, The Marquis, and Line In
- Food: Cheezilla, Bikini Panini, and Boardwalk
- Carnival games: Sponsored by James River High School’s clubs
The event will also have informational booths run by the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and Beacon Tree Foundation that will offer supportive resources and information about mental illnesses.
We would like to thank our sponsors and our community for helping us to put on this event and raise awareness for this worthy cause.
For more information, you can visit our website: and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our GoFundMe @riverjam2018. We hope to see you on March 10th!
Someone out there is struggling to find their rhythm; Be the beat.
To support River Jam and get tickets click on this link. The even is nothing without your support and attendance.
4 thoughts on “James River students seek to raise awareness of teen suicide”
This is incredible! So excited to see young people making a difference.
These ladies are rock stars to take on this subject!
This is awesome! Nice work, James River High!!! Be the beat… ❤️
So proud of these future leaders!