Because Linn County is filled with thousands of hurting kids and families.
Suicide Replaces Homicide as Second-Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Teenagers
In Linn County...
53% of all 6th-12th-grade students have been bullied
20% live in single family homes
25% of all 6th-12th-grade students lack self-confidence
12% of all 6th-12th-grade students have thought about suicide; 6% have come up with a plan to take their life; 3% have attempted to take their life
51% of all 6th-12th-grade students feel their neighborhoods don't support them
39% of all 6th-12th-grade students don't hold positive values
28% of 11th graders don't feel they have a happy home or that an adult supports them at home
In The United States...
Today's generation of youth have the smallest percentage of church attendance, are influenced the least by religion, and many do not believe in the existence of God.