iTHINK is a Youth Promoter (YP) initiative in partnership with stay at home Moms, Grandmothers, Mental Health Professionals and Black Dentists. The intention of iTHINK is to train and promote individuals to make a call when they think bad behavior is about to happen. The iTHINK process will provide confidence that action will take place once an individual reports a potential threat. Through the success of that process, the loss of life can be prevented. iTHINK will reduce, deter and eventually eradicate school shootings and deadly crimes by youth between ages 11 and 20.
iTHINK will address the immediate need of prevention by having a 24-hour Hotline individuals can call to report what they think might be erratic and possibly dangerous behavior. Stay at home Moms and Grandmothers will be the voices serving as CONNECTORS who will take, assess and transfer credible information to local law enforcement. The CONNECTOR will follow up with law enforcement to ensure that each report is thoroughly investigated. iTHINK will also use dental offices to gather vital information, train and promote the Value of a Life.
iTHINK will initiate peer to peer empowerment training on the power of the mouth focusing on the value of a life. The hope is to curb the negativity and destructive mindset in our current society.
YP believes that once youth have the knowledge and full understanding about the Value of a Life and what death is, they will not commit murder. It is vitally important to empower our youth due to lack of parental guidance combined with the violence they see daily on TV, in video games and in the home.
On February 14, 2018, a day in America when love was supposed to be expressed, 17 families’ worst nightmare came to life with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Nineteen-year-old Nikloas Cruz fulfilled his quest of becoming a Professional School Shooter. Despite all the warnings the current system failed to save the lives of innocent people.
On Feb 26, 2018 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended depression screening for all children 12 and over, because one in every five teens experience depression. AAP also stated children with depression often go undiagnosed and untreated, sometimes due to a lack of access to mental health specialists.
iTHINK was created to address the lack of access to mental healthcare, the number of school mass shootings, the deadly behavior of American Youth, and failed efforts of the current first line of defense.