Pick With Austin is a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit foundation that operates in the memory of Texas teen guitarist, Alan Curley.
The purpose and mission of PICK WITH AUSTIN is to help educate and elevate a community awareness about the dangers of depression as it contributes to potential thoughts of suicide, particularly in young people, but also as associated with our military and their families.
We use Alan's Gift of Music to draw attention and to enhance this awareness. We provide donated guitars to kids and teens in hospitals, in youth groups and ministries, and/or to those who have been identified in some way of being potentially "at risk" of depression.
We have no paid staff - 100% of all donations go 100% into our services
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KXAN NEWS (NBC Affiliate) - April 2016
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COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Pick With Austin implements hands-on participation within the community. We interact "in the trenches," so to speak, with young people who are at-risk of depression. Our primary focus is Williamson and Travis Counties (Texas), but we have reached out as far as Africa and so we are not limited to our own geographic location.
Below you will find a listing of our current outreach programs. While some of Pick With Austin's programs have matured, others are still in the implementation phase.
Juvenile Justice System
Provide guitars and musical instruments to individuals who are temporarily in the juvenile justice system (they can go home with the teens when they leave)
Provide guitars for the Justice Center (these guitars stay resident)
Meet with teens to discuss guitars and music and promote creative outlets as alternatives to depression
Plans under way to provide regular ongoing guitar lessons for residents
Alan's Hope Project
Meets regularly with County Commissioner, Justices of the Peace, Law Enforcement, and Mental Health Professionals
Work toward goals of strengthening reliability of county suicide data and statistics
Seek community outreach programs and events to promote suicide prevention awareness
Plan yearly Suicide Prevention Week agenda and events
Visit the Alan's Hope Project mural on May's Street in Round Rock, Texas
Pick With Austin recognizes the bond between owner's and their pets (dogs in particular).
Our new and developing Therapy Dog program helps individuals work toward a goal of obtaining an emotional support animal.
Our own emotional support therapy dogs are available to meet with young people and their families who are deciding if this is a direction that they wish to go.
Peer-to-Peer Online Chat
(currently suspended due to lack of volunteer support and funding)
Peer-to-Peer Support Groups are a powerful method for bringing people with "lived experiences" together.
Pick With Austin funds an online Chat Group where peer's can talk with one aother via the computer of smart phone text. It is NOT a crisis line. There are no therapists in the chat and participation is 100% confidential and anonymous.
We are seeking further funding to expand the hosting capabilities and greater licensing of the software, plus to staff moderators who can ensure basic chat rules are adheared to (no forming pacts, no discussion of methods, no sharing of private contact information, no bullying, etc.).
We serve Williamson County and parts of Central Texas, but our message is universal, regardless where you are.
Pick Across America sends free guitar picks to musicians anywhere in the USA in order to promote what we do and to get the word out. It is our goal to see either our own expansion to a greater geographic demographic, but also to inspire others to deploy similar programs in their own communities.
If you're a guitar player and want a few of our free Pick Across America guitar picks, send us an email with a mailing address.
Pick With Austin is a partner with other non-profit organizations in this program
Developed an educational training program geared toward teens using Jason's Foundation course
Empower youth to identify warning signs of suicide and teach them how to respond when peers may be at risk
Train trainers that can provide education to teens to meet above goal(s)
Conduct training classes for teens through youth groups, schools, and various other community organizations
Pick With Austin takes part in local non-profit networking sessions, and mental health task force meetings to maintain a prescence in the community
Pick With Austin representatives speak to youth groups, at events, colleges, ministries, and at other opportunities where a community voice can be heard
Pick With Austin distributes literature (both hard copy and digital online) designed to make people aware of resources available for suicide prevention and when seeking help in crisis or for related mental health or crisis services
Pick With Austin maintains a relationship with local and national music stores and manufacturers in order to spread awareness through their customer base
Pick With Austin funds and operates an online safe chat site where individuals can anonymously discuss their feelings and issues in a safe environment from their computer or via smart phone (chatsuicide.org)
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Youth are referred to our program by psychiatrists, case managers, counselors, local youth groups, hospitals, and psychiatric hospitals
Pick With Austin has donated guitars and other musical instruments to hundreds of youth in the Central Texas area since 2010
Guitars and related services may be requested using our available request form (see below)
Guitars are given free of charge and with no obligation to at-risk kids and teens as a part of the "Alan's Gift of Music" program
Download this form to request a guitar or other services.
We are a member of the Texas Suicide Prevention Council, Williamson County Mental Health Task Force, Teens4Teens, and the Alan's Hope Project
We Partner with, Support, or are Supported by Hospitals, Businesses, and Organizations that include: