Hope & Cope 2020

Join Forefront Suicide Prevention and filmmaker Rick Stevenson to experience the power of connection through storytelling


June 17, 1 – 3 pm (PDT)


Free webinar for youth age 14-21.

View a recording of the event here.

Log in to the storytelling platform here to share your story.

The platform is available until July 3 2020. (Your story is private to you unless you choose to share it with Forefront.)

Join college and high school students for Hope & Cope 2020, a virtual event that invites you to reflect on the impact the world-changing events of 2020 have had on your life, through storytelling and connection with others. By choosing to attend this virtual event and the story-telling you do immediately thereafter, it may change you – and the rest of your life.

By choosing to attend this virtual event and the story-telling you do immediately thereafter, it may change you – and the rest of your life. As part of this event, you will:
• Tell and hear stories of the most authentic, personal kind
• Build resilience as you explore and articulate your values, fears, and dreams
• Help others cope if you decide to share your story


Film-maker Rick Stevenson will teach storytelling skills – and introduce an online story platform that you can use to easily record and submit your stories. Stevenson has taught storytelling to youth across six continents. Storytelling is one of humankind’s oldest tools for gaining insight into self and others – perfect for use amongst the anxiety and uncertainty experienced amid these world-changing events.

Also appearing is musician Nate Nzanga, who launched from North Seattle’s Shorecrest High School into a successful career as a Soul- Pop Storyteller. Nate’s mission is “to spread light in the world” through his music.

Conscious movement and meditation teacher Ivan Figueroa will share his journey to reach the life he was meant to live. Ivan will send us off with a mindfulness exercise designed to help navigate the challenges we’re facing.

After this event you will be invited to submit your video story, to the Hope & Cope story platform. Your story will be compiled and returned to you as your own personal story capsule of your experiences during this time. If you give permission for Forefront and 5000 days staff to review it, your story may be among those selected to help others. Selected clips will appear on social media, the Forefront website and perhaps even in the newspaper and on TV. Together, the stories will anchor a youth-powered campaign on coping.