What is Hope Squad?
A new program at DuBois Middle School that could literally save lives! Hope Squad aims to empower kids to talk to each other and identify signs someone is considering suicide. It teaches them to speak up when they know someone needs help. Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program where members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. The program reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention.
Greg Hudnall, the founder of Hope Squad, talks about the stories behind this program, how it works, changes lives, saves lives, and could do the same thing for local kids.
Local students from the DAMS talk about their first-year experiences as Hope Squad members
How can DAMS parents get involved? Check out the Parental Guide HERE.
Learn more about DAMS Hope Squad’s partnership with Clearfield-Jefferson Suicide Prevention HERE.
DAMS Hope Squad Contacts
Darren Hack, DAMS Principal: (814) 375-8770
Christine Kline, DAMS Guidance Counselor: (814) 375-8770
Sonya Fetterhoff, Priority Media Promotions: (814) 375-5260 ext. 715
Lori Lewis, Priority Media General Manager: (814) 375-5260 ext. 701
DuBois City Mayor, Eddie Walsh, signs the National Day of Hope proclamation!
Thank you, Greater DuBois!
We spent Valentine’s Day with the DuBois Area Middle School Hope Squad members delivering Candy Grams for the Community! Thanks to your generous donations we were able to deliver over 500 candy grams to various places within Greater DuBois including St. Michael’s Terrace, The Grey Foundation, the Hanhe Cancer Center at Penn Highlands, the Parkside Community Center in DuBois, the DuBois Vet Center, and Nelson’s Golden Years.
A very special THANK YOU to Family Dollar in DuBois ( near Giant Eagle) for their on-going partnership! They were the sole collection drop-off location for Candy Grams for the Community and also provided the helium used to blow up all 500+ balloons! Thanks, Family Dollar!