"Julia’s Joy" is a free Teen & Tween Empowerment Program for girls and boys created in memory of Julia Morath. Julia, a 14 year old Freshman at Spring-Ford High School in Pennsylvania, was unable to find her true self and joy in this life. She sadly made an impulsive decision to choose suicide in April of 2017 after a viral Cyber bullying incident. Her family, friends and the team at Pillars of Light and Love have developed this program to help 11-19 year olds to learn to live their best life, and to become the greatest versions of themselves. Teen suicide is up 200%, one in three teens have a diagnosed mental disorder, gaming is now a mental disorder and drug use and heroin overdoses are rapidly increasing. We believe teaching strong coping skills, self-acceptance, self-love, self-respect , self-responsibility and most importantly RESILIENCE, will empower youth and help them make positive choices in relationships, health and life.
This initial program was brought to the community through donations from Julia's friends and family. To help us continue our program, please consider a donation HERE.
In response to parental requests, we have created a customized version of Julia's Joy Teen Talk for 11 & 12 year olds. Topics for the TWEEN version will be emotions, bullying, social media, friend drama, body image, self- esteem, courage and more! Julia's Joy TWEEN TALK meets at 10:30am on the 4th Saturday of the month.
The Julia's Joy Teen Program first ran weekly for the Summer of 2017. Based on feedback, we transformed the group into a more informal group. It has evolved to a weekly program held 6:45-8:45pm each Wednesday evening and we welcome newcomers ages 13-18. Attendees chat with a young adult facilitator about life, school, friends, relationships & more. Those who come always look forward to coming back! Guest speakers also attend.
“Communicating Effectively with Parents and Others, So You Are Heard & Understood"
“What is OK and Not OK in How You are Treated or See Others Treated-and what to do about it"
“Feelings- Handling the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
“Bouncing Back When Things Get Tough”- Resilience
“When the Going Gets Tough”- Managing Stress and Frustration
“Getting Everything Done on Time”- Time Management
“The Pressure to Be Perfect & Fit In"
"How to Cope with Exclusion and Lack of Friendships"
At the 2nd Annual Julia's Joy Voice Idol Competition for ages 11-18, Lauren Stephens, a Judge for the show, performed "With You" from Ghost-the Musical, in a tribute to Julia and her family and friends who miss her every single day. Please know YOU MATTER and your family & friends will not be better without you. You are not alone, we can help. Please call us at 484-854-1162 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting the word TALK to 741-741
Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255
In the Event of a Suicide Emergency in Montgomery County PA, Call 9-1-1 or:
• Adult Mobile Crisis Support, available 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-855-634-4673. An unidentified vehicle will come to you in Montgomery County.
• Children’s Crisis Support Program, available 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-888-435-7414
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PA LOCAL TALK LINES
• Peer Support Talk Line, available Monday – Sunday, 3:00pm to 8:00pm at 1-855-715-8255
• Teen Talk Line, Call: 1-866-825-5856, Text: 215-703-8411, Email: email@example.com