Youth Mental Health Conversation
With Las Vegas Raiders Solomon Thomas
And his Defensive Line Foundation
In Partnership with Hope Means Nevada
Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas Life
Born This Way Foundation
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to present $40,000 to 4 organizations in support of youth mental health
Event is not open to the public but will be livestreamed
The city of Las Vegas, in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, Hope Means Nevada, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, and Las Vegas Raiders Solomon Thomas’ The Defensive Line Foundation, will host a youth mental health conversation as part of the city’s commitment to supporting mental wellness. The event will be livestreamed at livestream.com/cityoflasvegas as well as on the city’s Facebook and Twitter channels.
Local youth from the city’s Batteries Included, an initiative designed to help teens reach their greatest potential, will be in the audience as Thomas shares his personal story. Raiders’ therapist Dr. Sheldon A. Jacobs will facilitate a question-and-answer session with the students and lead them through a journal exercise.
At the event, a representative from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will present $10,000 each to four nonprofits in support of youth mental health. Recipients include The Defensive Line Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE to support the Batteries Included program, Hope Means Nevada and the Born This Way Foundation.
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4 to 5 p.m.
Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 495 S. Main Street
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Raider Solomon Thomas, The Defensive Line Foundation, Dr. Sheldon A. Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders Psychologist, Students from city of Las Vegas Batteries Included program
About The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE
The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE was established in 2018 as a vehicle for corporate and philanthropic partners to support innovative programs that improve quality of life for all Las Vegas residents with a special focus on vulnerable populations. The Fund creates opportunities for public-private partnerships as well as donations of cash, time and in-kind goods and services. Guided by a diverse group of community leaders who serve as members of the Fund’s Advisory Committee, The Fund targets specific community needs with a goal of making Las Vegas a national leader in four areas: Livability, Innovation, Future and Education. The Nevada Community Foundation, a public charity under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, serves as the Mayor’s Fund fiscal agent, receiving all private donations. Donations to the Nevada Community Foundation for the Mayor’s Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
About Hope Means Nevada
Hope Means Nevada is a community-based initiative of nonprofit Nevada Medical Center focused on reversing the youth suicide trend in Nevada by inspiring a culture of empathy and advocacy around mental health. Created to raise overall awareness around Nevada’s high rates of mental health challenges and teen suicide in Nevada, Hope Means Nevada acknowledges teens may be encountering increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression due to the impact of COVID-19. For more information about Hope Means Nevada, go to www.hopemeansnevada.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is (800) 273-8255 or Text “Home” to 741741.
About the Defensive Line Foundation
The Defensive Line Foundation is dedicated to end the epidemic of youth suicide, especially for young people of color, by transforming the way we communicate and connect about mental health. It was established by Las Vegas Raiders Defensive Tackle, Solomon Thomas and his parents Chris and Martha in honor of his beloved sister and their daughter Ella Elizabeth Thomas.
About Born This Way Foundation
Born This Way Foundation, co-founded and led by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, supports the mental health of young people and works with them to create a kinder and braver world. Through high impact programming, youth led conversation and strategic, cross-sectoral partnerships, we aim to make kindness cool, validate the emotions of young people, and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health.
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa’ (Serrano word meaning “to act on one’s beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. We have drawn upon our history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct our philanthropic giving in our local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide.