Positive Presence Foundation

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Positive Presence Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that exists to provide life-changing and life-saving mentorship to vulnerable young adults ages 15-28 in disaster zones, underserved communities and struggling families.

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Positive Presence Foundation is a preventative measure to help mitigate the negative side effects of a generation overburdened.

We believe that we need to start empowering this often overlooked portion of our population during these trying times. Too often delaying help can lead to mental health disorders, substance abuse, and even loss of life. We envision a world where all teenagers and young adults have the opportunity to experience the advantages of having a trusted mentor coach.

The Positive Presence Foundation ensures that all who seek help on this journey can receive it by eliminating the financial barriers holding them back from becoming their best self.

The of Today’s Youth

Teenagers and young adults of today are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis. An already confusing time in life is being exacerbated by social media and information overload. Amidst an increasing backdrop in youth suicide and a formidable gap between poverty and privilege – the younger generation is struggling beyond measure.

Our world, economy and everyday life has been dramatically impacted by a shift in the global climate, the Coronavirus Pandemic and national racial injustice. The reality in today’s society is that there is a higher chance of our youth struggling with facing these issues then surpassing them unscathed.

Even in the best of times, the younger generation is fighting to find their worth and their place in this world. Our children’s drive is being tested and their education altered. Pair that with school shootings, unprecedented natural disasters and everything else present in today’s world, and we get a generation that is mentally unstable, physically unhealthy and afraid for their future.

Positive Presence Foundation can remove some of that weight on their young shoulders.

Inquire to learn more at info@positivepresencefoundation.org

In honor of
Marek Edwin Putman

Our Scholarship

The Marek Edwin Putman Scholarship Fund was created to honor a former student of Positive Presence Global, a high-schooler who lost his life to suicide in 2018. This young man had an incredibly bright future. He could light up a room just by walking into it. His artistic talents came second to his love for his family – three younger sisters and his mom and dad that he left behind. Marek didn’t deserve to be alone in those last moments of his life, and we honor him by using these funds to save the lives of others across the globe. His legacy lives on in every scholarship we provide, in every minute of coaching and in every student we work with. Marek will not be forgotten!

Through both our community centered coaching and virtual coaching, we provide each scholarship recipient with 6-months of life-changing and life-saving, one-on-one coaching. This fund allows our students to find passion, purpose and a life WORTH LIVING and discovering.

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Three Channels of

Disaster Relief Coaching

Anytime there is a disaster (man-made or natural), our select team of Positive Presence Certified Mentor Coaches volunteer their time, energy, resources and coaching services by physically being present in the community in crisis.

Community Centered Coaching

In underserved neighborhoods across the country, there is an underbelly of substance abuse, self-harm, violence, domestic abuse and poverty. We aim to alleviate these stressors by offering free in person coaching to the young people living in these areas.
Since these communities might not have access to internet and cell phones, we recruit and train young adult role models in these areas to mentor those most affected. This level of support creates a ripple effect of change amplifying the positive growth of their community.

Virtual Coaching

Virtual coaching is an extension of our parent company’s Mentor Coaching program. Our Positive Presence Mentors provide one-on-one virtual support to young adults that may not have the financial resources to receive coaching from Positive Presence Global. ‘

Inquire to learn more at info@positivepresencefoundation.org

Ways to Positive Presence Foundation

Become a Sponsor

There are over 47.12 million teenagers and young adults in our country between the ages of 14 and 24; we want to help as many as we can! Positive Presence is ramping up our coaching team, support staff and online tools to keep up with the growing numbers of teenagers and young adults in need. We are on the front line helping these teenagers and young adults as much as we can, but we can’t do it alone. Our fundraising goal to continue to make an impact at the level needed in our current crisis is $100,000 in 2020. These funds would allow thousands of scholarship recipients life-changing and life-saving coaching, while also providing full-time income to our coaches and management team in the Foundation across the country to do what they do best; help heal. We welcome corporate and private donors to contribute to our Scholarship Fund at various levels.

Become a Volunteer

Imagine turning on the news one morning and hearing a headline about a global nonprofit that is at the forefront of eradicating insignificance amongst our youth. Now imagine that you were part of the team at that nonprofit - one of many that banded together as a collective to change a global crisis, to save lives. Now think of one teenager or young adult that you know and love, imagine them drowning in a silent darkness covered up by fake smiles and a glistening social media presence.
You, yes YOU - can help.
Whatever talent you have, whatever passion that motivates you, whatever amount of time you can find - you can help that one young person and thousands and millions just like them. If you want to volunteer, we will give you a platform.

Donate

Every penny donated to our fund helps our cause. We welcome your contribution and thank you for your support.

Inquire to learn more at info@positivepresencefoundation.org

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Become a Volunteer

Emily Lamb

Emily Lamb, a student at the University of Arizona has an unwavering passion to contribute large-scale, positive change to the world, and the people around her. A recipient of the Arizona Excellence Scholarship, Emily’s deep pool of knowledge, easy going attitude, kind persona and empathy makes her an exceptional mentor. As a leader, tutor, researcher and adventurer, Emily surrounds herself with things and people that contribute to her best self. It’s through her personal journey as a former student of Positive Presence, Emily experienced first hand the profound impact this coaching has on the lives of those we coach.

Alysha Montgomery

Alysha Montgomery, an animal science major and biological sciences minor at the University of Arkansas, is a passionate philanthropist. As a former student of the Positive Presence Mentor Coaching program, Alysha discovered the best version of herself and developed an unwavering passion for helping others find the same. That passion is fueled by her desire to inspire our youth to value themselves and recognize their purpose – a life-changing mentality she learned through her coaching with Positive Presence. Her intuitive nature and peaceful, diplomatic approach to coaching makes her a respected member of the global Positive Presence family and an exemplary mentor to our students.

Elysa Swenson

Elysa Swenson, a charismatic Kansas native and certified CNA, is currently in pursuit of her BSN in Nursing at the University of Kansas. As a former student of the Positive Presence Mentor Coaching program, Elysa found an insatiable amount of purpose and self-acceptance, something she attributes her new-found sense of peace and positivity to. Elysa’s awakening was in understanding that living a life of light and love comes when you decide to simply CHOOSE that life.

Since graduating from Positive Presence as a student, Elysa felt a deep responsibility and higher calling to help her generation find the same. Her passion for person-centered care coupled with her determination to help her generation find THEIR purpose makes her an excellent Mentor Coach for Positive Presence Global!

Jackie Fouchia

Jackie Fouchia, a Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor, has a degree in psychology of health and healing from Naropa University. A former beauty queen turned health and fitness expert, Jackie has overcome her own mental health struggles and found her passion for helping others both physically and spiritually. Discovering how to radiate self-confidence through her own journey of personal development, Jackie has learned how to teach others how to do the same. Doing all things with love, her patient personality and empathetic approach to supporting those in need makes her an excellent coach, a positive presence and a life-changing mentor.

Verona Matthews

Verona Matthews is a passionate professional from South Africa who takes a heart-centered approach to her coaching style. Her life’s mission is to leave a legacy of love and acceptance to the future generation. She is able to incorporate her life experiences and empathetic nature to provide her students with tangible life changing skills. Verona is an advocate of embracing change and continuous self-evolution. Her passion for impacting the next generation as a Mentor Coach with Positive Presence comes second only to her devotion to her family and her faith.

Veronica Hurford

Veronica Hurford grew up in Fairfield, CA and studied abroad in England while she pursued her master’s degree in Education from UC Santa Cruz. Since the age of 9, Veronica has wanted to be an elementary school teacher and has been tutoring students in writing since she was a senior in college. She spent several summers as a counselor at a non-profit summer camp in southern California. Her fire to coach was initially ignited when she became an executive functioning tutor to teenagers in Colorado. Veronica saw many other needs that weren’t being met with her students outside of academics and had a deep desire to help them have success in school AND life. As an elementary school teacher, mentor, wife, writer and chef, her passion for helping teenagers and young adults far exceeds classroom knowledge. Her engaging personality and thoughtful approach to supporting youth makes her an excellent coach, a positive presence and a life-changing mentor.

Jamal Johnson

Jamal was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to the United States at the age of 12. His experience in the mental health industry the past six years has made him an expert in supporting and guiding young men and women living with autism and intellectual disability. He is also the co-founder of a small construction company based in New York. Jamal’s passionate approach to personal development, calming charisma and innovative techniques to understanding emotional awareness make him an excellent mentor to our Positive Presence coaching team. He stays positive by constantly reflecting on his own journey while creating a safe and positive space for others to do the same. Jamal travels to Guyana on a yearly basis promoting the importance of wellness care and healthy living habits in underserved communities.

Currently a student at UNC-Pembroke, Jamal is in pursuit of his Master’s in Business Administration and Finance. He plans to use his degrees to bolster his current skill set and promote the importance of entrepreneurship in underserved communities in the United States and Guyana.

Cheyanne Peters

Cheyanne Peters, a first generation college student born and raised in Kansas, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Applied Behavioral Science. Her passion for helping teenagers feel confident, successful and prepared for their next chapter in life stems from multiple years of working with at-risk youth.

Cheyanne has experience working in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility rehabilitating children who have endured severe trauma, abuse and neglect and as a result developed behavioral/mood disorders. A former Mentor Program Facilitator at a Juvenile Detention Center, Cheyanne became an expert at aiding youth in their positive transition into society and adulthood. An empathetic and enthusiastic mentor, Cheyanne believes everyone deserves to live a joyful and fulfilling life – a profound passion that drives her in her coaching career.

Jasmine Alexander

Jasmine, a Human Relations major at the University of Oakland is a dynamic community role model. As a generational member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, she embodies a zest for excellence. Her bubbly personality and kind hearted nature touches the lives of everyone she comes into contact with. Her desire for being a positive catalyst is the reason why Jasmine is such a good fit with the Positive Presence Coaching Program. This creative young woman displays the trademarks of a great leader – skills she desires to impart on the next generation.

Rachael Roberts

Since she was a teenager, Rachael has believed that young adults are our world’s greatest untapped resource of energy, talent, ingenuity, brilliance, and humor, and she decided then that her life’s purpose would be to help young adults achieve their full potential. After earning her Master of Education, Rachael spent six years teaching, learning, and laughing with high school students in the first project-based learning school in South Dakota. There she coached hundreds of students needing help with time management, goal setting, leadership skills, self-confidence, and growth mindset. She supported a neurodiverse, neurotypical, and sexually diverse student population who named her Teacher of the Year. She has also presented to hundreds of educators on topics such as using mindfulness in the classroom and encouraging students’ social awareness and activism across the curriculum.

Led by her passion to nurture authenticity and resilience in young adults, Rachael loves spending her days mentoring youth using her friendly and empathetic approach to personal development. Remembering for herself and reminding others that everything works out exactly as it should, Rachael has a wellspring of education, empathy, and personal experience to share with her students.

Dina Gilmore

Dina Gilmore is an award-winning director, filmmaker, 4-time bestselling author, a screenwriter, international photographer, podcaster, empowering leader and mentor. Growing up in Dallas, Texas and raised by her single mom, Dina’s experience as a part of a blended family has made her resilient and understanding to all family dynamics. Currently living in Denver, CO as a proud member of the LGBTQ community – Dina’s gift to the next generation is her empowering and inspiring attitude and charisma. Gilmore recently returned back to school to graduate with honors as a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society with a degree in Digital Media Journalism.

Upon graduation, Dina formed her own production company and immediately started her first production in January 2020 on a short film which has since won numerous awards including a Best First-Time Director. Through the art of storytelling in multiple genres, primarily drama with strong female leads, she strives to create a loving impact on the world and become a role model to the underdogs.

Michelle Marie King

Michelle Marie King is the premier Confidence Coach for teenagers, young adults and young entrepreneurs across the globe. She founded Positive Presence Global – the largest confidence coaching company in North America – and has helped people worldwide find their confidence in all aspects of their life. Michelle’s engaging and energetic personality coupled with her ability to motivate has distinguished her as a personal development trailblazer.

In her career as a model, philanthropist, emcee, entrepreneur, spokesperson and public speaker, Michelle has appeared on radio, television, billboards and print in over 15 different states for her community efforts and her ongoing business ventures.