Spreading Prevention & Empowering All Kids (S.P.E.A.K.)

S.P.E.A.K. is a school-based program for elementary and middle school students created to prevent suicide, bullying, drug & alcohol use, and other struggles endured by youth through an evidence-based learning curriculum.

Children’s Book

Kristen’s Rainy Day

“Kristen's Rainy Day” was written by JacQuan D. Winters to continue the legacy of his younger sister, Kristen Amerson, and to teach children to remain positive through negative situations. The Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation uses "Kristen’s Rainy Day" as a resource to help children ages 5 – 11 learn the valuable lesson of positivity at an early age.

My Happy Place Children’s Book

Written by JacQuan D. Winters, My Happy Place was written to help children cope with and handle bad emotions in a healthier way. The Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation uses My Happy Place as a resource to help children explore different coping skills.


Per request, presentations are available for upper elementary students (3rd – 5th grade), middle school students, high school students, college students, administrators and educators, parents and community members, and other professionals. The Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation can conduct presentations on topics such as suicide and bullying prevention. Presentations use factual information, statistics, and real-life experiences to raise awareness of suicide and bullying and their negative effects on students.

QPR Gatekeeper Training

The Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation conducts QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention, which is a 1 – 2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.

Kristen Amerson Memorial Scholarship

The Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation, Inc. provides Paul W. Bryant High School graduating seniors with a one-time scholarship pursuing a career in Mental Health or Education.

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