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Check Out Stefanie Camarena’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefanie Camarena.

Stefanie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
While working on the completion of my degree in Child Development, I really wasn’t sure what was next for me. I began babysitting autistic children and the income helped me through college, but more than anything, the experience shaped the trajectory of my life. I spent the next 4 years dedicating my life to supporting families with autistic children. Eventually, I began offering parent support sessions for a local education consulting company. In this role, I have navigated parents through the emotions of ADHD, processing disorders and more. Last winter, I attended a Hope Gatekeeper’s mental health event for women. Misty Rivera, the founder, made a brief announcement about a children’s program that she was looking to launch in early 2022. Immediately, I felt called to the role.

Little Seeds of Hope was born in January 2022. Our case study included 10 children, half of whom are in the Los Angeles foster care system. We offer free and tangible mental health resources + tips for parents and children.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Although our road to Little Seeds of Hope has been short, it has had it’s challenges. One of the biggest obstacles about non-profit work is funding. A significant amount of time and money goes into events such as workshops, pop-ups and event locations and resources. Community support is a vital part of the success of Little Seeds of Hope.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Little Seeds of Hope is a Hope Gatekeepers program. Hope Gatekeepers in a non-profit that offers peer to peer support and mental health resources. Hope Gatekeepers specializes in suicide prevention and awareness.

Little Seeds of Hope’s goal is to foster the whole family. The parent-child relationship is essential to positive mental health outcomes. 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses are prevalent by age 14. Little Seeds of Hope’s mission is to close this gap by offering workshops, resources and support. We pride ourselves in our team of mental health experts, each certified as a Gatekeeper of Hope through QPR (suicide prevention certification).

Little Seeds of Hope is apart from others because of our ability to maintain positive and long-term relationships with the families that we serve. Our team cares and goes above and beyond to ensure the safety of others. We use eight special designed characters (that can’t be found anywhere else!!) to teach children mental health skills through skill building.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
The ability to listen is most important to my success. The most common skill needed in mental health is listening. We can all benefit from listening to those going through anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges.

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