The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team in schools empowers young people to reach out to others facing challenging times to help prevent them from spiraling down into more serious issues including thoughts of suicide. In the 2004-05 school year after four suicides at a local high school, the B.I.O.N.I.C Team was started to reach out to students who are new, sick, hospitalized, bullied, or who lose a loved one with the hope that the outreach will let those students know they are "seen," they matter, and people care.
Donations raised through Colorado Gives Day this year will go toward helping schools become officially certified B.I.O.N.I.C. Teams to receive the training and materials and resources to plan and implement the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team at their schools. The average outreach count for B.I.O.N.I.C. Teams in their schools and communities is 10,000 outreaches every year to the hurting, the lonely, the angry, and others falling through the cracks. Kids walk the halls every day and know which students could become suicidal or even commit a school shooting.
It costs $500 for a school's B.I.O.N.I.C. Team to become officially certified. This past fall we held 8 B.I.O.N.I.C. Team Conferences across Colorado with over 50 schools in attendance. Your donation of any kind will go toward helping schools start a B.I.O.N.I.C. Team instead of having to spend that time and energy in raising money to become official. Many peer programs in schools cost anywhere between $1,000-5,000, but the B.I.O.N.I.C. Board and staff would rather for us to only charge $500 for schools and then use our efforts to get grants and funding elsewhere through grants so the schools can get right to reaching out in their schools. Activating compassion in kids, plus your help, equals saved lives and more caring communities! Your investment will impact generations to come! In 2019, your donations were able to help 41 schools become officially certified B.I.O.N.I.C. Teams.
B.I.O.N.I.C. (Believe It Or Not I Care) is a 501(c)3 project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.