Date: Sat, 04/28/2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Tickets: $50 each
I have been on the board of Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health, since 2010. We’ve been doing this event since then. And we’ve gotten really good at it.
Our focus is education and access to mental health care. So for those up to age 21, we help pay for psychological evaluations not covered by insurance as well as some treatment. Then we are spearheading a Preventure pilot and partnered with VCU Institute of Drug & Alcohol Studies to run more programs and studies at area schools to introduce personality-targeted life skills training in schools that has been shown to reduce drug and alcohol use in schools by up to 80%.
It kicks off with a cocktail hour We will have youth musical performers, and an opportunity to hear the stories of those we’ve helped.
Your presence at this event would be great support for our programs and youth mental health and suicide prevention. So I hope to see you there.
Keynote Speaker, Brandon Farbstein
Like a seasoned orator, Brandon Farbstein lets audiences into his true self. He is relatable and sincere, with a depth that goes beyond his years.
A TEDxRVA speaker, Brandon allows audiences to see the struggles of someone with a rare form of dwarfism. He has suffered bullying and prejudice and talks openly about these two subjects and his struggles.
A High School who stands 3-foot-8, Farbstein message is: “Don’t let other people dictate the experience you are going to have.”
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