The obstacles faced by our youth today are overwhelming. Many have lost their “sense of self” which has created a debilitating discouragement. Students show up to the classroom disengaged and distracted, which increases the potential for crisis and greatly diminishes the chances for optimal outcomes. The pendulum swings from an inflated sense of entitlement mindset to the poor me defeatist attitude. For some it is the achievement trap and for others it is a learned helplessness. When left un-checked the results may become catastrophic resulting in insecurity, low self-esteem, self-doubt, fear and condemnation. All of which can lead to behavior challenges, lower academic achievement, etc. According to the El Paso County Public Health Department, suicide is the largest cause of death for youth ages 10-17 in Colorado. Colorado consistently ranks among the top 10 states with the highest suicide rates.