Houston Dynamo Partners with Creativity Shell to Raise Awareness about Youth Mental Health.
In their continued effort to use the power of the world’s game to support worthy causes in the Houston community, the Houston Dynamo Football Club is partnering with the Creativity Shell to raise awareness about youth mental health.
The Creativity Shell is a Houston nonprofit organization that teaches arts education/therapy classes such as sewing, textile arts, cooking, building and other creative trades to students in their studios, libraries, schools, ABA therapy centers, the juvenile justice system as well as shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. All classes are designed to teach children essential life, practical skills and positive mental health.
After spending the previous 5 years working with vulnerable children such as sex trafficking survivors, homeless youths, youths on the autism spectrum, youths suffering from anxiety and other mental health disorders, the Creativity Shell has found that the poor mental health of children is at an all-time high.
In addition, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), poor mental health problems in youth often go hand-in-hand with other health and behavioral risks like increased risk of drug use, experiencing violence, and higher risk sexual behaviors. Because many health behaviors and habits are established in adolescence that will carry over into adult years, it is very important to help youth develop good mental health.
Creativity Shell programs such as sewing, quilting, cooking and other creative arts/trades classes have been extremely beneficial in providing therapy and skills to youths. The organization is planning to build a larger and more inclusive space where students can use to create while also offering free mental health first aid responders for students to talk to when in need.
Dynamo fans are encouraged to donate $1 or more to the Creativity Shell 1 Million Seams to Mend (www.creativityshell.org) youth mental health campaign starting today and leading up to the Dynamo match on Saturday, September 18, 2021 against FC Dallas where the Creativity Shell will be the official charity of the match.
Dynamo and Dash players will also help deliver hand made Love Bug Pillows made by local crafters and friends of the Creativity Shell to local hospitals to help bring positive mental health awareness to youths in their care. Fans can also purchase tickets to the Houston Dynamo – FC Dallas game by using this link https://fevo.me/3yZKzxb. Funds generated from ticket sales will also be used to support the Creativity Shell’s Youth Mental Health Campaign:
All funds generated from the 1 Million Seams to Mend youth mental health campaign will be donated to the Creativity Shell to help pay for the costs of providing art therapy programs to youths ages 5 – 17 as well as free mental health therapy
If you or someone you know have suffered from poor mental health, the organization is asking you to donate $1 to support this campaign.