Girl Power Grants’ Morgan Rhudy SpeaksUp

Call me biased, but the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation is probably my favorite non-profit organization of all time. As human civilization has evolved, so have the issues we face. In today’s world, there are problems that our ancestors could not have imagined in their wildest dreams that we’d have to deal with, one of which being mental health, specifically amongst teens.

Being a teenager in this day and age can be crushing. I’m sure that many people will agree with me when I say that the push for well-roundedness and perfection in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities, and not to mention dealing with the wild world of the internet, creates a level of stress that past generations never had to face at this stage in life that is supposed to be “the glory days.” When you look at it that way, it is blatantly obvious why we have such issues with anxiety and depression, and why we need to have organizations like the CKG Foundation, and events like SpeakUp for teens to have an understanding of just how many people out there really do care.

To me, the most remarkable thing about the CKG Foundation is the amount of programs and resources that they have readily available for struggling teens to take advantage of. I for one think it’s great that they see the need for little things like a study room, where teens can come in and just take a breather. Not only that, but the entire staff understands exactly what it’s like to struggle with depression and anxiety. While it may change the way you feel and act, it doesn’t change you. It doesn’t make you less of a person, and it certainly doesn’t define you. With that, I think it’s safe to say that if every person was like the people of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, the world would be a much better place.

Katherine Cook