SURPRISE!!! They’re back and we are ready to celebrate this year’s “Class of 2022” graduates.
As many of you know, I originally started a graduation lawn sign initiative in 2020 shortly after the Pandemic began because I wanted to find a meaningful way to honour our graduates, including my youngest daughter who at the time was all set to complete her final year of high school and was missing out on so many of life’s milestones and rites of passage that came along with it (and whom we are so extremely proud of for just completing her second year of her 4 year program in Interior Design).
In a matter of 5 weeks I sold and hand delivered over 700 signs throughout the GTHA that spring (with the help of my wonderful hubby), placing signs front and center on lawns everywhere but more importantly, putting smiles on the faces of so many people, both young and old alike. The response was overwhelming, but in a good way.
By the end of my campaign in June of that year I had raised $10k for Kids Help Phone with the incredible outpouring of support and generosity within these beautiful communities.
At the start of spring 2021 it quickly became apparent to me that our soon to be graduating class was once again about to lose out on those same deserving milestones and rites of passage due to the never-ending Pandemic; my middle daughter included who had been working so tiresomely online all year to complete her 4 year undergraduate Degree in Communications (and whom we are also so extremely proud of for just completing a one year post graduate program in Event Management).
By the end of last spring I had raised an additional $5k for mental health initiatives, bringing the total to $15k, this time though I decided to spread the wealth around to other smaller youth oriented community initiatives instead of donating all of the proceeds to just one place.
A couple of weeks ago I announced that I would not be doing another graduation lawn sign initiative again this year as I was focusing my efforts on my new venture @agentlereminderproject while continuing to support youth mental health as well. And in the first month we have already raised several hundred more dollars to put towards these very important initiatives and I’m excited to see where it will grow from here. For those of you who are not yet familiar with my new project please check out our Instagram page for apparel and products available (see link above).
But ever since making the announcement that I had decided not to do another graduation lawn sign initiative this year I’ve had an outpouring of people reach out to me from the community (many of whom may not have seen my announcement) saddened that I won’t be selling them again this year.
With a lot of self-reflection over the last couple of weeks I have come to realize that although I may have started the initiative back in 2020 because I wanted to show our graduates some extra loving during a really difficult time, at the end of the day, it truly has taken on a whole other meaning within itself and has grown into something even more purposeful than I could have ever imagined; something way beyond the parameters of any Pandemic. At the end of the day this initiative has started many important conversations in communities all across the GTHA and has helped spread some much needed awareness surrounding our youth and mental health; something we need more than ever before which is why I have decided to pick up my campaign right where it left off a year ago.
So let’s all work together to continue the conversation and spreading awareness for youth mental health by honouring a special graduate(s) in your life or within your community with a “Class of 2022” graduation lawn sign.
Please feel free to share with your family, friends, school communities etc. as well and help recognize all the deserving, hard working and resilient graduates (from Pre-school to Post graduate) across the GTHA. With your generosity and continued support I look forward to brightening up our neighborhoods once again this year!
*If you are affiliated with a youth mental health organization and would be interested in working together please feel free to message me privately or email us at: email@example.com
*Signs are $36 each. 4 options to choose from. Delivery fee may apply to some areas or pick up is also available near Dufferin and Rutherford. Etransfer only. DM or email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a sign today!
*A gentle reminder lawn signs are also available.
*A special shout out to my illustrator and dear friend Shawna Smoke who once again captured my vision so perfectly. Thank you 😊
*To learn more about my own personal mental health journey please follow my blog at: youareenough712.wordpress.com or check out my Facebook and Instagram pages.
*Kid’s Help Phone is available 24/7 across Canada. To reach a confidential counsellor anytime please call 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868.
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