Help us continue our  program outreach throughout Metro-Detroit schools and facilities.  More than 90% of Just Speak program participants are surviving trauma from abuse, neglect, tragic death or assault.  The outLOUD program takes an average of 40 hours a week to empower youth to have a voice by teaching resiliency, ways to resolve conflicts, and developing an emotionally healthy individual. We support the community by building trauma-informed schools. Advocacy for our children and youth changes those numbers, by preventing and intervening with programs and training.

Trauma-informed school-wide interventions may increase student resilient recovery (Shamblin 2016), coping skills (Perry 2016), ability to pay attention (Holmes 2015), and attendance (Dorado 2016). Such interventions are also associated with increased graduation rates (Mathematica-Verbitsky-Savitz 2016), improved classroom behavior, and improved emotional and physical safety for students in urban, suburban, and rural areas (Walkley 2013, Phifer 2016). Trauma-informed school-wide programs may also enhance bullying prevention efforts, and address the social-emotional and mental health needs of vulnerable students (Blitz 2015). Over the long term, trauma-informed interventions are associated with decreased office discipline referrals (ODRs), physical aggression incidents, and out-of-school suspensions (Mathematica-Verbitsky-Savitz 2016, Dorado 2016).


There are many ways you can help advance the mission of Just Speak, Incorporated and make a difference in the lives within our communities we serve. You can do any of the following:

  • Volunteer to become a member of the Just Speak Advocacy Team, or help out with administrative tasks or special events

  • Donation of money, goods or services

We desperately need:

  1. Donated heated space for peer groups, workshops and study time.
  2. A reliable, late model SUV to transport volunteers, supplies, and equipment to satellite locations.
  3. Sponsorship for programming and events  .
  4. Sponsorship for youth participants (when programs are in session): healthy snacks, incentives, tee shirts, and toiletries.

Monthly Donation Option

  Supporter : $25.00 USD Support our training program for our Just Speak advocates!

Friend : $50.00 USD Be a friend, and sponsor one student in outLOUD for the entire school year, includes a retreat or field trip.

Advocate : $100.00 USD Advocates support at least two student, and professional outreach services & workshops for school staff and administration.


  • Just Speak 5K Walk/Run
  • Celebrity Cook-Off
  • An Event Hosted/Sponsored by Your Organization to Benefit Just Speak

*Data is taken from http://whatworksforhealth.wisc.edu/program.php?t1=20&t2=2&t3=105&id=638

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