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notMYkid Receives $50,000 Investment from Thunderbirds Charities for Teen Peer Support Program
By Lindsay Hansen - Monday Aug 15, 2022
notMYkid is pleased to announce Thunderbirds Charities has invested $50,000 in support of their growing [i]nspired Peer Program to help teens navigate daily pressures, substance use disorder, and mental health challenges.

“notMYkid’s [i]nspired peer program is successfully helping teens who desperately need mental health support; resources to build healthy connections, confidence, and resilience; and improve overall safety and well-being,” said Kristen Polin, CEO of notMYkid. “Our program is utilizing trained and certified peer support specialists with lived experience and connects every teen to our [i]nspired technology-assisted care app. This dynamic platform ensures that participants remain connected to a healthy support network and provides immediate access to resources and tools needed to thrive and grow. We are so grateful for the ongoing support provided by Thunderbirds Charities and for recognizing that there is still an urgent need to support teens on the other side of the pandemic.”

After an initial intake with notMYkid’s behavioral health team, each participant in the [i]nspired peer program is paired with a certified peer support specialist. Peers foster relationships built on trust without judgement. They instill confidence and serve as an ally to struggling teens who need guidance while navigating their path to recovery. This 90-day program is tailored to meet individual needs and includes virtual and in-person meetings. Participants are also introduced to healthy activities and additional support programs offered at notMYkid’s [i]nspired well-being campus in Scottsdale, AZ.

To learn more about the [i]nspired peer program or to schedule a free consultation with notMYkid’s behavioral health team, complete a pre-screening form or visit our website- http://www.notMYkid.org/behavioral-health/.

About Thunderbirds Charities
Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 285 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit http://www.wmphoenixopen.com. For more information on the Thunderbirds Charities, visit http://www.thunderbirdscharities.org.

About notMYkid:
Founded in 2000, notMYkid is an Arizona-based nonprofit that passionately works to educate and protect our community’s kids by providing a full continuum of life-saving prevention, early intervention, behavioral health support, and well-being programs. Our team of prevention and behavioral health experts are dedicated to helping youth overcome challenges during their most vulnerable years. Programs are traditionally delivered in schools, community organizations, at the workplace, and direct to devices via our Podcast and webinars. Since 2020, notMYkid has operated an outpatient treatment facility, licensed by Arizona Department of Health Services, to provide individual and group counseling. A calendar of events and program offerings are updated daily. For more information, resources, or to donate, visit http://www.notMYkid.org.