Meet Sharon Powers, an incredible woman with an even more incredible mission with her work on InBetweenYears, aimed at bringing helpful perspective and resources to people who have a teenager in their life whom they care about. Being a teen is no easy feat, and they need people to look out for them. Sharon is passionate about helping teenagers because she adores their spirit, imagination, and resilience. We are so lucky to have gotten a chance to connect with her and thankful that she took time to share her perspective on teen mental health and suicide, and provide insight on what adults (or even peers) can do for a teen going through difficult times. Through inspiration and encouragement, we at Team Superbands are confident that Sharon's piece is another great addition to our blog as a resource for not just September - Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - but for anyone to look back on at any time.
Meet Carl Evans, Director of Programs and Operations at an amazing organization known as Hope For The Day. In this compelling blog post - originally shared from the HFTF blog, he shares a piece that he feels very strongly about which aligns perfectly with the mission of Superbands.
He shares on the importance of music: "Songs can tether to our heart beyond the easily understood relationships of memory and scents or physical spaces. They can connect to us for those reasons but also something deeper, and intangible."
Read more on the blog post!
Meet 18-year-old Abbie Davis, reigning Miss Teen Ohio International. At her young age, she already wears a lot of hats: college student, a pageant queen, musical theater buff. But one additional hat she is proud to wear is a suicide advocate, bringing honor to a good friend and keeping his memory alive.
Read more about Abbie's story and what inspired her to take on suicide prevention head first. We are honored to have her take time from her busy schedule to contribute to our blog to kick-off Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2016.
Introducing the Superbands Maybe You Should Hear This Campaign (aka, the Maybe Campaign), coming to you starting tomorrow, the start of September 2016. As Suicide Prevention Awareness Month begins, we hope that the lyrics submitted to us from other Superfans that we share on our social media brings you light, brings you encouragement, and most of all, brings you hope,
Matt Scott is no stranger to the Superbands blog. With 2 contributions for us already under his belt, he's back on the blog today to speak more on his advocacy against sexual violence. In 2013, a song from a popular artist was released sparking, not just dance parties, but controversy. Learn how one viral YouTube video from students on the other side of the world, reassured Matt that he was not alone in his fight for advocacy.
I recently connected with Ashton Caton, a talented young man with an incredible story. While struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a life changing event in 2015, Ashton found himself searching for an outlet to release his emotions. His passion for music drove him to recruiting a few of his friends to record music, using lyrics that Ashton himself wrote to speak about his experiences and trauma. With an EP under their belt already and countless messages from new fans inspired by their message, the band - Royal Nature - recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their first full-length album. Hoping to pursue his passions and to raise awareness for those suffering with mental illness, this young musician is certainly one to look out for.
Check out this awesome blog post to read more about Ashton's experience, to listen to Royal Nature's first EP, and to find out more about how to support their Kickstarter fund!
Meet Matt Scott. A 23-year old advocate against sexual violence who utilizes his skills as a digital storyteller and his passion to make a difference to bring about increased awareness and education. While he has written for Superbands before, sharing his story on his stance on the power music has to heal, we wanted to get to know (and also wanted our readers to get to know) a little more about Matt, his background on the topic, and what exactly drives him to want to make a change. Our interview with him was not only insightful but inspirational, and we hope that this month— April, National Sexual Assault and Awareness Month—he inspires each of our readers to take a stand for what they believe in. Matt Scott isn't just raising his voice, he's raising the bar. Read more for our interview with this driven young man.
March marks Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), an annual celebration of the thousands of music programs in schools around the country where students, staff, and parents are both engaged and united through song. Meet our friend Rose Saglembeni, an incredible young lady with countless talents and passions, who personally connects with the importance of music as it has been such a crucial part of her life since her childhood. Her story is just one of many, of how music has (and continues to) play a significant role in her life and we are thrilled to be able to share that on our blog, confident that it will resonate with so many of our Superfans all across the globe.
With the mission of Superbands highlighting the positive impact of music in the lives of today's youth, we support the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) passion to promote the benefits of high-quality music programs everywhere. To learn more about NAfME and MIOSM, please feel free to visit their website here.
What is wrong with me, I whispered angrily to myself through clenched teeth, tears running down my cheeks. Curled up on the cold bathroom tile with my feet pressed up against the door, I pressed my eyes shut, wishing the world would disappear.
This was not unusual for 14-year-old me. In fact, this had become part of my daily after school routine. 2:30 pm. Finally escaping what felt like a prison to me, leaving the bullies and hateful comments in the hallways behind, I couldn't be more relieved to be back at home. But the taunts never left me, they echoed in my ears, trembled in my body, every hour of everyday.
Read about Superbands Founder, Jessica Villa's struggle with self-harm and depression, how she believes that music saved her, and how her triumphant victory over her inner demons led to creating a nonprofit aimed at changing the world.