Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program®

A nonprofit organization

$66,872 raised by 189 donors

45% complete

$150,000 Goal

The Light for Life Foundation Int'l/Suicide Prevention Program® is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts


Most pressing needs for 2024:

1) Additional $50,000 to keep up with the requests for assistance.

2) Need Video equipment and courses to be able to train youth and adults through online training videos, Powerpoints, Blog/Vlogs and web-based prevention training.

3) Two (2) additional staff & three (3) new volunteers to be able to keep up with the demands for response, coordination of chapters and program Sites and for the requests for training.

4) Funding coordination to re-build stock of necessary materials: training & toolbook materials, DVD production, Yellow Ribbon Cards (additional 200,000), Brochures, Lanyards, Yellow Ribbon stickers, Bears , Car Magnets, YR pins, bookmarks and other supplies.

5) Courses and Training for Staff, for example; Quickbooks, WordPress, MAilChimp, JotForm, Woo Commerce and Give WP.  


Accomplishments for this past year:
1) Requestions for trainings has increased significantly7 since we have gone to live Virtual Training with all of our Training Programs. Yellow Ribbon Is a National Best Practices Program. People in many roles at all levels of the community should be trained in community readiness and suicide prevention. 

  • Two-Day Virtual Training Workshop to become a YR Trainer
  • Be-A-Link® Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for Adults 
  • Ask 4 Help!® Youth Suicide Prevention Training for Teens
  • Ask 4 Help!® Elementary Program for Youth and Children and the adults who work with them.

2) Yellow Ribbon Social Media efforts have successfully expanded on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with posts and responses increasing every month.

3) Expanded training has begun with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and with the US Border Patrol.4) Re-introduced the Yellow Ribbon App for Android and iPhones, available for youth, school staff, resource people, trusted adults and anyone who comes in contact with someone in need. The App helps people make an immediate call to the National Lifeline and/or text to the Crisis Help Line, as well as ability to send a Yellow Ribbon Ask4Help card to someone by phone,.

Goals for the Current year:
1) Complete effective online versions of all training programs.
2) Train at least 2500 new school-based gatekeepers ready to help youth. 
3) Distribute at least 25,000 additional Ask4Help cards to youth/ adults throughout Colorado.
4) Continue updates of the Yellow Ribbon website to include interactive pages, chapter/ program site information sheets and new updated e-commerce and training pages.


Yellow Ribbon, an international suicide prevention program was founded in 1994 in Westminster, Colorado, by Dale and Dar Emme, following the death of their son Mike Emme by suicide. Mike took his life when he did not know the words to say, or how to let someone know he was in trouble and needed help. On the night before Mike's memorial services, his friends shared their grief and their tears as they pinned yellow ribbons on yellow papers. Five hundred ribbon cards were placed in a basket and set out at his services. All the ribbon cards were gone at the end of the services! In three short weeks, after Mike's services, a phone call came from a teacher in Wyoming. A student had given her one of those bright yellow messages of hope when the student was at a time of her own need. The teacher called because she wanted to get help for teens in her area. Additional calls began to come in from throughout the U.S. - teens were sending those cards to everyone! Teens also began to call and write, asking for 'those yellow ribbon cards.' The ribbon became the symbol of the program when the teens began tying them in their hair and pinning them to their clothes the day Mike died. Yellow was in memory of his cherished '68 Yellow Mustang. Today, the Colorado office coordinates chapters and program sites in all 50 states, 2 territories, and 47 foreign countries. All chapters are self-funded.

Yellow Ribbon 'STARTS the Conversation' about suicide issues and prevention. It makes suicide prevention accessible to everyone. In a climate of fear about suicide in general, and fear of 'what can I do', or 'I don't want to make things worse', with Yellow Ribbon everyone is allowed and encouraged, empowered to participate in suicide prevention at their own comfort level. Youth are already faced with friends and family who are at risk and they are already talking to friends they are worried about. Yellow Ribbon empowers them to be able to respond safely, and appropriately, when a friend or relative is in crisis. Youth are already talking with one another, so it is up to us to make sure they know what to do to help a friend to then be able to get that friend to the appropriate help they need.


The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is dedicated to preventing youth suicide and attempts by empowering communities and individuals through leadership, awareness and education and by identifying and collaborating with support networks to save lives.

Background Statement

Foundation was formed in 1995 following the suicide death of Michael Emme on 8 September, 1994. Youth and adults asked how they could make sure none of their other friends felt this way, nor tried suicide. By February, 1995 Michael's parents, friends and school staff were helping other communities develop plans to help, empower and SAVE youth at risk. As the program grew, people from all over the country asked for help to coordinate task forces in their area, and the Colorado group responded and trained all who reached out. The program continues to grow, helping volunteers locally and nationally to make a difference in lives.

Organization Data


Organization name

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program®

other names

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, YRSPP, Light For Life Foundation International, Yellow Ribbon Program, Yellow Ribbon Project, Yellow Ribbon International

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Organization Size

Medium Organization


7300 Lowell Blvd, Rm 35
Westminster, CO 80030


PO Box 644
Westminster, CO 80036

Service areas

Adams County, CO, US





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