‘Strong Youth Strong Communities’ Youth Summits Feature Hall of Fame Athletes Sharing Life Experiences and Methods for Success with Students
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and SilverSummit Healthplan, in partnership with Clark County School District (CCSD), Communities in Schools of Western Nevada (CIS) and other statewide partners, recently held the “Strong Youth Strong Communities” (SYSC) Youth Summits in Las Vegas and Reno. Led by Hall of Famers Darrell Green, Anthony Munoz, and Aeneas Williams, and former UNC Women’s Basketball player Iman McFarland, a collective 350 students, ages 13-18 from CCSD and CIS, attended in both cities.
With Nevada experiencing an alarming surge of student suicides, the summits focused on mental health and suicide prevention, with the pro athletes sharing real-life stories, life lessons and methods for success.
“It’s important to us that we invest time and resources toward supporting a healthier community,” said SilverSummit Healthplan President and CEO Eric Schmacker. “We’re honored to work with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and our community partners to supply tools for local students so they can prioritize and improve mental health.”
In addition to the presentations given by Green, Munoz, Williams and McFarland, attendees participated in breakout sessions, with the teens discussing the challenges they are facing in school, their communities, and with family and friends. They then received coaching and feedback from the pro athletes and on-site mental health professionals. Attendees had the opportunity to share what they learned during the summit and what lessons they are taking back to help them in their everyday lives.
“Our country’s youth face numerous mental health challenges, including those stemming from the pandemic,” said Green. “It’s important to empower today’s students so they can best handle these challenges, lead healthy lives, and support their peers.” “Too many students experience persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” said Muñoz. “That’s why we feel so motivated to speak directly with students about ways to openly talk about their feelings and find the support that they need.”
For SilverSummit Healthplan, which jumped at the opportunity to bring the summits to Las Vegas and Reno, SYSC fits seamlessly into the managed care plan’s objectives for improving the health outcomes for children and young adults through focused, compassionate, and coordinated care. The health plan is looking for more opportunities like SYSC to engage with community members in the future. For more information on Strong Youth Strong Communities, please visit their website.
About Strong Youth Strong Communities
Strong Youth Strong Communities (SYSC) is a nationwide initiative led by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Centene Corporation and Hall of Famer Darrell Green designed to equip youth and youth-serving organizations in communities across America. SYSC is based on the premise that investing in today’s youth can yield generational returns and positively impact current and future communities. That is why SYSC equips youth with life skills, information, resources, and leadership-focused engagement to help unlock youths’ potential, promote active thinking and sound judgment, and connect them with adult thought leaders and mentors committed to building up youth leaders.
About SilverSummit Healthplan
SilverSummit Healthplan is a managed care plan that delivers quality health insurance to the people of Nevada. Established in 2017, SilverSummit is committed to improving the health of its members through focused, compassionate, and coordinated care. SilverSummit’s active community evolvement reaches beyond physical and mental health. We are dedicated to improve the quality of life, one person at a time. SilverSummit Healthplan is a diversified healthcare organization that offers healthcare services through Nevada Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on SilverSummit, you may visit SilverSummit Healthplan’s website.