The students wanted young people to know that it is okay to ask for help. To address the issue, group members went to nearby schools in Cortland County and told their stories to their peers in Health classes. While each young person's story was different, there was one common theme of HOPE. Group members shared their struggles with the advice that no matter how tough life can get, there is always someone you can lean on who won’t judge you.
After taking time to present their stories, the students handed out cards with their phone numbers in order for the other students to reach out for help. They also gave out bracelets with the saying “WE ARE ALL HUMAN” to serve as a reminder to the others that it is always okay to ask for help.
The following students were involved with the SOS group:
- Brandon Slamp – Homer High School
- Ian Petrie – Homer High School
- Joe Vasick – Cincinnatus High School
- Tanner Armstrong – Cincinnatus High School
- Kayleigh Toole – Tully High School
- Tanner Ensign – Marathon High School