OUR VISION IS TO SEE A CULTURAL SHIFT IN THE WAY WE AS A COMMUNITY THINK ABOUT, ENGAGE AND TREAT INDIVIDUALS.
OUR MISSION is to prevent Trauma Related Loss by building resiliency and empowering our youth, families and communities, through trauma informed care, education and enrichment activities and to provide scholarships to students majoring in nursing.
WE DO THIS BY coordinating and advocating for Trauma Informed Care Support and Certifications for parents, individuals and organizations, Kayaking Empowerment outings, Self-Healing initiatives and retreats, Collaborative Art Projects and Awarding Scholarships.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Trauma experienced by children and youth is a pervasive and serious public health issue that requires a coordinated response.” These experiences can include witnessing or experiencing physical, sexual or emotional abuse, the death of a loved one, family and community violence, refugee and war experiences, natural disasters, and others. “Trauma during childhood is associated with a range of physical health and emotional problems, and most tragically, suicide—too often a consequence of untreated mental illness and substance use disorders, and as such a preventable condition. Among youth ages 10 to 24, suicide is the second leading cause of death” (SAMHSA).1
Skye's the Limit Foundation was founded to honor the life and legacy of Skye Gina Pilato, whose 2014 trauma-related passing at the age of 19 inspires us to compassionately care for disadvantaged youth who have experienced traumatic events. Our mission is to prevent trauma-related loss by building resiliency and empowering youth, families and communities through trauma-informed care, education, and enrichment activities. It is also our mission to carry on Skye’s dream of becoming a nurse through our Follow Skye’s Dream Nursing Scholarship. Skye wanted to help others so that, in her words, “they wouldn’t have to feel the pain that I felt”.
Our vision is to see a cultural shift in the way we as a community think about, engage, and treat individuals who have experienced trauma. Experts, researchers, and service providers in the fields of child welfare, youth development and trauma agree that expanding universal best practices of trauma-informed care is a crucial step in addressing the effects of childhood trauma. The trauma-informed approach aims to prevent re-traumatization and promote recovery and resilience by (1) being sensitive to the impact of trauma, (2) understanding and employing tools to regulate emotions during stressful times, and (3) identifying and supporting systemic changes needed to reduce re-traumatization.2 At Skye’s the Limit Foundation, we know that by increasing understanding of the trauma-informed approach and training school staff, healthcare workers, police officers, criminal justice system staff, mentors, youth serving organizations, and other adults to employ this effective approach, the negative impacts of childhood trauma can be effectively mitigated and trauma-related loss can be prevented.
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
2Arizona Town Hall (2019). Strong Families Thriving Children. Retrieved from https://aztownhall.org/resources/Documents/112%20Strong%20Families%20Thriving%20Children/112%20Stong%20Families%20Thriving%20Children%20Background%20Report%20web.pdf
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Skye's the Limit Foundation is a 501c3 Public Charity