Our Work

The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth is working Towards a Better World for Families and Children.

How Your Support Helps

Educational Scholarships

The Shaka Franklin Foundation has established scholarship funds at the University of Colorado Denver, Denver University, Metropolitan State and Colorado State University. We have a strong partnership with the University of Colorado Denver and a pre-collegiate program is being developed to assure more students are ready to enter college upon finishing high school. These are endowed scholarship funds that will grow over the years.

The Dy Lussi-Austin Scholarship Fund for Figure Skaters is in memory of Dy LussiAustin who was instrumental in starting the SHAKA I.C.E. – (Inner City Edge) ice skating program. The first scholarship was awarded to Emma Pulse in 2014, a figure skater and Shaka Franklin Foundation volunteer. Emma is now Junior a student at Metropolitan State University.

Scholarship for Student Veterans – Awarded for Continued Education
Delta Eta Boule Youth scholarship fund Spelman College

Community Support

Production and distribution of brochures and literature on mental health with an emphasis on suicide and depression. The materials are made available at no charge to schools, youth groups churches and other nonprofit organizations.

Youth and Family Programs

Individual counseling and mentoring

Assistance for hockey and figure skating – SHAKA I.C.E. – Inner City Edge

Family-to- Family education course – a partnership with NAMI

Mobile Shaka Franklin Foundation vehicle touring college campuses with mental health information – SHAKA ON THE MOVE

Gift cards for needy high school students

Holiday meals for police officers and fire fighters

Toys for children

Started SHAKA I.C.E.(Inner City Edge) a development program for ice hockey and figure skating.

Sponsor of a midget AAA ice hockey team in based in Colorado Springs.

Sponsorship of figure skaters in need of assistance.

Distribution of the “Purple Ribbon Card” with warning signs of suicide and depression

Warning Signs of Suicide and Self-Destruction

· Abrupt personality changes
· Giving away possessions
· Previous suicide attempt
· Use of drugs and/or alcohol
· Significant weight change
· Sleeping disturbances
· Inability to tolerate frustration
· Withdrawal or rebelliousness
· Inability or unwillingness to communicate
· Sexual promiscuity
· Neglecting personal appearance
· Theft and/or vandalism
· Depression
· Exaggerated or extended boredom
· Carelessness and/or accident prone
· Unusually long grief reactions
· Sadness or discouragement
· Hostile behavior
· Neglect of academic work
· Truancy
· Difficulty concentrating
· Family disruption/divorce
· Running away from home
· Abrupt ending of romance

Mental Health Facts

· Over 30 thousand people in The United States die from suicide every year.
· Colorado has the 8th highest suicide rate in the nation.
· Males are more likely to die from suicide than females, but more females attempt suicide than males.
· In 2008, approximately 10% of adolescents ages 12-17 in Colorado reported having had at least one major depressive episode in the last year. Colorado had the highest percentage in the nation.
· In the United States, approximately 20 million people (almost 10% of the population) suffers from a depressive disorder every year.
· Nearly 80% of those affected by depression do not receive treatment.
· Females experience depression at roughly twice the rate of males.
· 92% of African American males with depression do not seek treatment.
· Depression is the leading cause of disability among people of all ages worldwide.
· Depression is a leading cause of workplace absenteeism in the United States costing employers over $51 billion annually.
· Nearly 6 million people in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder.
· Over 40 million adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder.
· Several research studies link depression to physical ailments including osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease.
· Colorado ranks 50th in the nation for inpatient psychiatric bed capacity.