We Listen. We Share. They Grow.
- T. Ellis, Founder
The Surge Project is a 501(c)3 grassroots organization dedicated to youth advocacy and development. Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals with over 20 years of experience working with youth across the country including counselors, educators, trainers, and passionate volunteers.
Our founder, Te'Andria Ellis, got the phone call no family can prepare for, hearing the words... "your brother is dead". Her brother's life was cut short at the age of 22 by two teens in June 2012. Although her mother was devastated, as the convicted teens were sentenced she spoke these powerful words... "neither one of us wins". From that moment, she was determined to take her ministry with youth to the next level. After much anticipation and hard work, the organization was finally established in June 2016.
To transform the lives of justice system impacted young adults through social emotional learning and access to mental health care.
Our goal is to help our city leaders and others strategically combat violent crime among youth. Crime affects parents, friends, and entire communities emotionally and economically.
We believe that our interactive 3-tier program - The Listening Room & The Lab - will help steer youth in more positive directions by challenging unhealthy social behavior.
In Alabama, 54% of gun deaths are suicide. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is defined as death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. It is a public health crisis.
In Alabama, for black males ages 15-34, homicide is the leading cause of death. It is a public health crisis.
African Americans are at particular risk for mental health illness due to an overrepresentation in homeless populations, people who are incarcerated, children in foster care and child welfare systems, and victims of serious violent crime.
Who we are and what we offer are actually basic necessities.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve the social health of the youth everywhere.
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