According to a recent study, 1 in 3 high school students have had persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness – an increase of 40% from 2009 – and a staggering 22% of high school students have seriously considered attempting suicide. To help combat these alarming statistics, the Scottsdale-based U & Improved Leadership Foundation is offering up to 18 full scholarships to their U The Teen Leader program taking place August 2-4, 2024 in Scottsdale.

Nominations are open now and can be submitted HERE, through the deadline of May 30, 2024.

“We have been honored to see first-hand the literal life-saving effects this program has on our teens,” said Jodi Low, Founder and CEO of U & Improved Leadership Foundation. “In the age of social media, bullying, drugs, school shootings and the incredible pressure on our youth from their peers these kids need our help now more than ever.”

The U The Teen Leader class (which normally costs $2,495/teen to attend) has up to 18 full-tuition scholarships available for their 2024 class, which consists of a two-and-a-half-day hands-on training experience that challenges each teen to look inward, connect with others and become confident leaders of not only their own life, but their future and their community.

The program uses challenging processes that build character and teach confidence, teamwork, compassion, trust, honesty and the importance of asking for and accepting help from others. The training delivery method is unique in that students practice these new life skills so they can immediately apply them when they return home.

“To see the changes these teens go through in such a short amount of time is truly remarkable,” said Low. “We are so grateful to the many generous donors and sponsors who make this possible for those who don’t have the financial means to attend this program on their own.”

If you know of a teen who deserves this opportunity NOMINATE THEM HERE, before the deadline of May 30, 2024.

For more information and to nominate a teen, visit