The KEY Collective envisions every child without the financial means having the same opportunities available to their peers, available to them, without any social stigma attached.
HOW THE INSPIRATION BECAME A REALITY
The KEY Collective was started in 2017 as a result of a grant awarded by Exeter Hospital to assist in establishing the #areuin? card program through their Suicide Prevention Grant Initiative. Although this program does not specifically offer suicide prevention training, research shows that giving at-risk, under-privileged children an opportunity to be involved with sports and other activities reduces the risk of suicide.
The Collective’s first program, the #areuin? card, was launched in the 2017-2018 school year within the SAU 16 school district (Exeter, East Kingston, Brentwood, Kensington, Newfields and Stratham) as a pilot program.
Today, the #areuin? card program is offered in the Exeter, Hampton and Seabrook school districts and continues its growth into other NH school districts.