Mission: helping youth with mental health issues & their families get information, inspiration and community through online presence and offline events featuring education, refuge and connection.
Anxiety In Teens, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in 2006 in Minneapolis, MN. Founder and Executive Director Emeritus Solome Tibebu dealt with a severe anxiety disorder throughout middle school and high school, feeling alone and frustrated. After realizing that there was no immediate resource for education on what she was going through, a refuge to uplift her wherever she was and whenever she needed it, nor a community of others who were going through similar struggles, she decided to start AnxietyInTeens.org while a sophomore in high school at Eden Prairie High School. Today, Anxiety In Teens is the premiere resource for youth with anxiety and other mental health disorders and their families. AiT Contributors are part of a nationwide community to help youth and help one another. Solome speaks to businesses, universities, associations, and events nationwide. Anxiety In Teens hosts offline events like the OutRun Anxiety 5k Races, Wellness Expos and Girls Overcome Anxiety Weekends.
Through the partnership with the Learning through Service programs first launched at the University of St Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, college students are developing empathy skills while making a difference in youth lives through Anxiety In Teens. The college service learners recognize that their own mental health histories and their knowledge of social media tools and project management skills merge to provide them a genuine opportunity to serve others.
For Youth, By Youth
Anxiety In Teens is the place where teens, college students, and parents can find all things Millennial and Gen Z mental health. Most of all, all of our content is youth-driven. The psycho-educational articles, videos and interviews our young adult contributors create serve as encouragement to support our teen audience on their path to mental wellness. We embrace a spirit of self-help and improvement, especially during this turbulent teenage time.
As seen on the Stories of Hope & Help section, teens across the nation are seeking a place to be heard and get help for their oftentimes debilitating disorders and emotions. Anxiety In Teens is a first of its kind place where youth can find information not written by professionals filled with medical jargon but rather firsthand testimonies and stories written by young adults who have experienced mental health challenges.
Our AiT Contributors are not just writers, they are courageous young adults who take part in a rigorous, self-reflective experience throughout their tenure with Anxiety In Teens. With the support of our Social Worker Allisun Griffiths, MSW, Anxiety In Teens hosts virtual support groups and narrative process exercises with AiT Contributors. Our AiT Contributors are young people with unique experiences and important stories to share with our audiences. Throughout their time with Anxiety In Teens, they develop stronger writing skills, compassion for youth and parents, and a platform to share their stories.
Our offline initiatives for teens and college students are special and much-needed events for youth and families today. These events, which are often completely college-student initiated and run, give college students the opportunity to learn the skills needed to develop careers in both the for-profit and the non-profit sectors, in areas such as online marketing, fundraising, event promotion, and programming. These events allow college students to realize the impact they are making in youths’ lives and reduce the stigma related to mental illness while developing their own empathy skills and picking up some wellness skill-building and psycho-education along the way.
Anxiety In Teens would not be what it is today without your generous support. Help Anxiety In Teens continue to serve Learning Through Service contributors and this publication for millions of teens struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health and emotional issues everywhere. You can make a tax-exempt donation at this link: DONATE to Anxiety In Teens!
This site is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. The content on Anxiety In Teens is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. If you believe you may have a condition, please seek qualified professional care.
What Is Service Learning?
Adapted from the Center for Business Learning Through Service Partnerships, we view service learning as “an approach to teaching that brings students out of the classroom to perform meaningful community service, combined with instruction and reflection. By adding real-world service experience to students’ learning program, we hope to teach the value of civic responsibility and strengthen the communities around them”.
Service learning is rapidly becoming an important pedagogy in the college classrooms as indicated by such accrediting agencies as AACSB, that Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; CSWE, the Council on Social Work Education; and HLC, the Higher Learning Council; among others.
Anxiety In Teens has a proven formula for engaging students in this out-of-classroom learning approach that significantly aid in the acquisition of the curricular learning objectives. The model created can be implemented repeatedly at colleges and universities across the nation for minimal costs. We utilize meticulous measurement tools to determine students’ development in several critical areas, including acceptance of differences, increased comfort with diversity, ambiguity and self-directed learning, enhanced communication, decision-making and leadership skills, etc.
For more information on internships, sponsorship opportunities and or other participation in our Learning Through Service program, contact us.
Solome has regularly lectured for students, educators, parents, clinicians, and organizations, offering thoughtful lessons and engaging storytelling with insights on overcoming anxiety or assisting someone with a mental health issue. This includes working with therapists and families, employing patient experience strategies, and helping campuses implement effective systems for mental wellness among students. Solome was the Chairperson of the University Lectures Committee at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a National Speakers’ Association member. Solome is the recipient of the SAMHSA National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Youth MOVE National Dare to Dream Award (Washington, D.C.), the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health 2010 Outstanding Service Award (Minneapolis, MN), the Margaret Clark Morgan Mental Health Scholar Award (Cleveland, OH), GSCU Dr. Martha L. Colvin Docent (Atlanta, GA), and was selected as 1 of 20 young social entrepreneurs to represent the United States internationally at the G20 Summit Young Entrepreneurs Alliance. Solome also serves on the Diversity Committee at the International OCD Foundation. For more information about having Solome come speak and inspire your group, learn more here.