Ben Speaks… creating a culture where youth and families have access to the resources and support they need to empower themselves.
Ben Speaks provides positive channels of expression and empowerment for a whole person approach to wellness through clinical and holistic resources and education.
Empowerment: Empower youth and families to take control of their lives by providing tools and resources to make positive choices
Wellness: Promote a whole person approach by integrating holistic and clinical techniques and methodologies
Community and Collaboration: Collaborate with other agencies/partners; be a key player facilitating access to available resources in the larger community
Accountable: Serve as honest, transparent and ethical stewards of resources entrusted to us; have necessary organizational structure and internal controls.
BEN SPEAKS PLEDGE
I pledge allegiance
To be myself
And to BE a stand for change!
To take full responsibility
For my thoughts, words, feelings and actions
To treat myself and all those around me
With kindness and respect
To trust my gifts
To put my energy into growing myself fully
To be a voice for a world where all human beings
Are loved and accepted for who they are
and true justice for ALL
Ben Speaks Founder & Vice President
Judy Giovangelo (Ben's Mom) is bringing awareness through Power of Choice presentations & workshops for youth, family and community groups. She brings the message that each of us,including our children, are 100% responsible for our individual thoughts, words, feelings, actions and reactions and reminds us that we are the creators of our own experience bringing positive tools for change.
Through Ben Speaks Resource Office in Holliston MA, families can access a full spectrum of resources. Go to our Community Partners page to access all of them. Resources include: Emergency, Grief Support, Therapeutic, Healing, Mental Health, Addiction, Nutrition & Expressive Arts.
“My family suffered greatly as result of a mental illness that was not supported by our community and society. There were limited resources and outlets for our energetic, out of the box, highly creative child. Our son, Ben, chose to take his life on April 16, 2009. He was just 18 years old. Ben was a creative, authentic, empathic, sensitive, highly intuitive young man and had a lot to share. Had he been given creative channels to direct his high level of energy and had adequate resources to manage his mental health, perhaps he would still be with us today. I have heard hundreds of stories from other families dealing with similar issues. We would like to create new and innovative solutions to give our children a positive outlet to express themselves and the tools to fully manifest their dreams no matter what challenges they face.”
- Judy Giovangelo
Who is a BEN?
Are you a Ben?
Are you raising a Ben?
Are you teaching a Ben?
Do you know a Ben . . . an at-risk youth in your community
What is a BEN?
A Ben is unique and beats to his or her own drum
A Ben is artistic, creative, intuitive, sensitive and empathetic
A Ben is labelled with a mental illness or learning disability at an early age
A Ben is often medicated
A Ben feels like a misfit and is an easy mark for the bully or becomes one himself
A Ben tends to self-harm in some way as a teenager
A Ben becomes isolated and left out
A Ben is not broken
A Ben has one or many gifts to bring to the world
There is a little bit of Ben in all of us