The Tyler Joseph Leonard Memorial Foundation is a non profit organization created to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Through our annual fundraising event, we will donate to an organization focused on mental health that is in need of new and improved resources for their program. We also have created a scholarship account that we will use to gift college scholarships to deserving seniors that attend Dartmouth high school in Tyler’s name. It is our intention to begin expanding that scholarship program to other area high schools as well.
Who was Tyler, you ask? Tyler was a funny, kind, loving young man with a passion for music. His smile was one that could light up a room. He loved with all he had and often questioned, "why do I love so hard?" ...Hence the meaning behind our logo, “LOVE HARD”. Tyler struggled with mental illness and lost that battle to suicide on 10/17/18, just one day before his 30th birthday. To honor Tyler’s memory, it is the goal of this foundation to change the lives of those battling mental illness.
Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from this disease and on average there are 130 suicides per DAY making it the 12th leading cause of death in the U.S. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE! If we can play a small part in that change by giving organizations the means to implement successful tools and resources to improve the lives of those that suffer from mental health issues, then we have accomplished what we have set out to do. Everyone has the power to say “THIS IS NOT HOW MY STORY WILL END!”
We've got some BIG NEWS! Our foundation is excited to announce that we have joined forces with Kaleb Joseph, founder of Self Help Tour. A little bit about Kaleb. He was raised in a chaotic and dysfunctional household. Despite these challenges, he turned to basketball as an escape, becoming one of the top ten recruits in the country. Committed to playing basketball at Syracuse University and as the projected College Basketball Freshman of the Year, he faced intense pressure that proved overwhelming. He struggled coping to the point he sought relief in unhealthy mechanisms which culminated with him being named one of Sports Illustrated top ten most disappointing players. This led to an addiction and extreme anxiety/depression that went unnoticed to everyone around him. After hitting rock bottom, Kaleb was aided by the help of two former NBA players in recovery. Kaleb now travels across the country working as a life coach through emotional intelligence workshops with people of all ages, who learn vulnerability, build self-awareness and cultivate a sense of identity that can carry them through all of life's adversities. We are happy to announce that Kaleb will be speaking at our 2nd annual fundraiser in September. In addition, we will be sponsoring the Self Help Tour speaking engagements at local high schools and universities, tipping off with New Bedford High School on August 29th. To learn more about Kaleb please visit www.selfhelptour.com If your school or organization is interested in booking a speaking engagement please email our foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Self Help Tour Speaking Engagement- NBHS
WE ARE NOW ON VENMO!! You can use the Venmo link or Click the donate now button if you do not have a Venmo Account. www.venmo.com/u/TJLMemorialFoundation Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals for yearly scholarships and to contribute to resources for mental health
July 21, 2023
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Bay Coast Bank
Bristol County DA
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Instagram; An original song written and composed by Tyler