Due to the tireless advocacy of one particular counselor and the support from the principal, the JAF made possible Jordan Burnham, a nationally acclaimed speaker for the young adult audience to share his story of depression and attempted suicide while a senior in high school - at the very school that Josh attended when he died on March 18, 2009 as a junior.
Although at SLHS for only one year, Josh's death impacted the entire student body. Going there today, over three years later and meeting kids who were freshman at the time but are now seniors, sharing about how they still think of him, was hard. I couldn't keep the tears back when one boy told me how Josh was like a mentor in football and that he will always remember him. Another girl, a junior, told me how she had heard about Josh while at middle school. Many, many others shared their gratitude for JAF bringing a speaker who was relatable, brutally honest, and inspiring.
Kids were tweeting Jordan before and after his presentation. One particular tweet sums it up
Line goes up the aisle....
....up to the door
Guys came up to see him...
Jordan and student leadership group
Jordan and counseling staff