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Mentor-Coaching Services

Amongst an unprecedented mental health crisis, suicide has become the number one cause of death for teenagers & young adults.  We are asking for your support by donating much needed funding to provide life-changing and life-saving mentor-coaching services to at-risk youth across the country.

When you make a gift to Positive Presence Foundation, you’re joining a community that’s on the front lines of the fight to eradicate teenager suicide as an alternative to stress management , securing a future for the next generation to learn, grow and thrive. Join us by making a tax-deductible gift today.

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Donate to Help Provide Life-Changing Mentor-Coaching Services

An already confusing time in life is being exacerbated by social media and information overload. Amidst an increasing backdrop in youth suicide and a formidable gap between poverty and privilege – the younger generation is struggling beyond measure.

Our world, economy and everyday life has been dramatically impacted by a shift in the global climate, the Coronavirus Pandemic and national racial injustice. The reality in today’s society is that there is a higher chance of our youth struggling with facing these issues then surpassing them unscathed.

Even in the best of times, the younger generation is fighting to find their worth and their place in this world. Our children’s drive is being tested and their education altered. Pair that with school shootings, unprecedented natural disasters and everything else present in today’s world, and we get a generation that is mentally unstable, physically unhealthy and afraid for their future.
Positive Presence Foundation can remove some of that weight on their young shoulders but helping eradicate teenage suicide and mitigate the negative impact of the CoVid Pandemic and the Mental Health Crisis.

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In 2019, there were nearly 2 ½ times as many suicides (47,511) in the United States as there were homicides (19,141)

Teenage Suicide

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Since 2019, 25% of teenagers attest to experiencing clinically elevated symptoms of depression and 20% attest to experiencing an increase in anxiety symptoms

After Effects of CoVid Pandemic

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46% of parents say their teen has shown signs of a new or worsening mental health condition since the start of the pandemic in March 2020

Mental Health Crisis

Our Mission

Positive Presence Foundation is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit which exists to provide life-changing and life-saving mentorship services. Positive Presence Foundation provides vulnerable teens and young adults one-on-one customized life-coaching to help overcome current life struggles, build resiliency and avoid suicide as an alternative to stress management.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all teenagers and young adults have the opportunity to experience the life-saving advantages of having a trusted mentor coach to help them find passion, purpose and a life WORTH LIVING and discovering.

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Positive Presence Foundation reaches hundreds of thousands of teenagers, young adults and their families each year by collaborating with some of the country’s most sought-after and admired brands, creating consistent multi-year partnerships that drive impact.

Financial support is essential to providing mentor-coaching programs to help the next generation develop positive, proactive approaches to mental health instead of reactive and deadly consequences to mental illness. We are eager to partner with sponsors and corporate donors to help us spread our mission and programs to teenagers and young adults everywhere. Complete this form to start working with us, and a member of our team will be in touch!

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All Funds Raised are in Memory of Marek Edwin Putman & Briana Jones

All funds raised are divided evenly amongst high-school aged and college-aged students in memory of two former students of Positive Presence Global who lost their lives too soon.

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Marek’s Story

On Mother’s Day 2018, Marek passed away at the age of 16. This young man had an incredibly bright future. He could light up a room just by walking into it. His artistic talents came second to his love for his family – three younger sisters and his mom and dad that he left behind. Everyone who knew him loved him, he could make a stranger feel like his best friend in 2 seconds flat. Marek was a caring, compassionate and passionate young man with a heart of gold. Through the last few years of his life, he struggled with grand mal seizures - a diagnosis that was hard to watch him struggle with. He had these moments of bright clarity followed quickly by deep darkness that he felt trapped by but through it all, he stayed so strong and fought to embrace life. He will never be forgotten!

Marek Edwin

Marek’s Story

On Mother’s Day 2018, Marek passed away at the age of 16. This young man had an incredibly bright future. He could light up a room just by walking into it. His artistic talents came second to his love for his family – three younger sisters and his mom and dad that he left behind. Everyone who knew him loved him, he could make a stranger feel like his best friend in 2 seconds flat. Marek was a caring, compassionate and passionate young man with a heart of gold. Through the last few years of his life, he struggled with grand mal seizures – a diagnosis that was hard to watch him struggle with. He had these moments of bright clarity followed quickly by deep darkness that he felt trapped by but through it all, he stayed so strong and fought to embrace life. He will never be forgotten!
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Briana’s Story

In August 2021, Briana lost her life in a tragic car accident at the age of 19. Briana’s tenacity was inspiring, her joy was addicting, and her love was intoxicating. Her essence was magical, and anyone blessed to have known her, even if only a brief moment in time, knew how genuine, kind, loving, thoughtful and compassionate she was. Her energy was so pure and it radiated all around her. No matter what type of day you were having, when she smiled at you, it was like getting a reboot, and all of your worries and stress melted away. This world is truly a better place because her grace touched it. The imprint she leaves behind through the lives she’s impacted is as if she lived 100 lifetimes.

Briana Jones

Briana’s Story

In August 2021, Briana lost her life in a tragic car accident at the age of 19. Briana’s tenacity was inspiring, her joy was addicting, and her love was intoxicating. Her essence was magical, and anyone blessed to have known her, even if only a brief moment in time, knew how genuine, kind, loving, thoughtful and compassionate she was. Her energy was so pure and it radiated all around her. No matter what type of day you were having, when she smiled at you, it was like getting a reboot, and all of your worries and stress melted away. This world is truly a better place because her grace touched it. The imprint she leaves behind through the lives she’s impacted is as if she lived 100 lifetimes.
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Positive Presence Corporate Team

Jessica Waugh

Special Projects Director

Bio:

Jessica has roughly 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, curating premier wine programs in Las Vegas and developing educational programs for the largest beverage distribution company in North America. In 2022, Jessica altered her focus and is now utilizing her educational, management, and organizational skills to positively impact others on a grander scale. She is now developing multiple modalities focused in emotional intelligence, executive functioning, meta-learning, and positive psychology for struggling teens and young adults.

Favorite Mindfulness Techniques:

Meditating with sound bowls!

A Fun Fact:

I was the architect for my grandmother’s house

State: Nevada
Email: Jessicaw@positivepresenceglobal.com

Positive Presence Corporate Team

Missy Vandenheuvel

Sales Manager

Bio:

Missy is a revitalized mother of two teenagers who understands the resilience it takes to raise children in the midst of a global pandemic. She is a passionate mentor because she recognizes there isn’t nearly enough support for the overwhelming number of people silently struggling. Her sincere and compassionate personality is what makes her thrive as a coach and a leading member of our company. As our Sales manager she recognized that her role is to listen and learn as much about your child (or yourself) as possible. While listening, I am identifying a mentor coach that I believe your child will not only like based on their personality, but also one who has experienced and overcome similar pain points, and areas of opportunity, optimizing relatability. Ultimately, setting your child up for growth and fulfillment socially, mentally, and physically. 

Favorite Mindfulness Techniques:

My Favorite Mindful technique is to Shifting Thought Patterns by focusing on the Grounding Technique. Starts with a big belly breath in. Then, you tap into your 5 senses, to quickly and effortlessly shift your current focus. Choose a sense- any sense, and count down from 5 (order or senses can be altered): 5 things you see, 4 things you smell, 3 things you feel, 2 things you hear, 1 thing you taste.

A Fun Fact:

 I travel to Florida from Wisconsin 3-4 times a year, and we plan to relocate somewhere with the state in 1.5 years. I’ve been dreaming about this since I first saw the ocean at the age of 14 years old. 

State: Wyoming
Email: Missy@positivepresenceglobal.com

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