Youth empowering youth to make smarter choices about substance use

It’s so much easier to build strong adolescents than repair broken adults. Generation S.O.S. creates a safe community for teens and young adults to talk to each other about the risks of substance use, making smarter choices, and getting help if they’re struggling.

About us

It's My Son, Your daughter, or Their Best Friend

We had one thing in common — we all knew someone who was struggling with addiction and overdosed. We were terrified we could be next.

– Nikki -N.Y.C.

Generation S.O.S. was born several years ago in New York City. Six high school students died of accidental overdoses within a few weeks. The schools’ lack of response was shocking, a sad example of the shame and stigma surrounding addiction and overdose.

A group of high school students met to talk honestly about the drug epidemic that was devastating their world. They urgently needed help navigating this crisis. Society had failed them, so they turned to each other and started the conversation.

Our impact

The Power to Change Lives

I found Generation S.O.S. through a friend and wished it existed when I was younger. It might have spared me the years of pain and suffering.

– Dylan-NYC

Generation S.O.S. invites a young, sober speaker to share his or her addiction and recovery story at our meetings. Their stories are raw; their anxiety and loneliness familiar. Addiction has damaged everything in this young life. Yet, each speaker’s story is one of courage and hope.

Their message is simple and powerful: “We all feel anxious and isolated from time-to-time. Talk to a friend, get help if you’re struggling. But don’t make the same mistake I did.”

Listen to our Young Adult Speakers

Luke

I was the favorite pledge.

Zoe

I became sober when I was 18.

Josh

There were no consequences.

Jason

I was drunk and high every day for four years.

Sarah

I was drinking to fix something that was missing.

Carlie

I remember my first suicidal thought.

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We need your help

Generation S.O.S. has given me a support system I never had. We are all facing the same challenges, but we’re talking about it, and I don’t feel so alone.

Andi-Los Angeles

People often ask if substance misuse/addiction is a big problem in our country. The answer is, emphatically, yes.

One in every seven people will experience a substance use disorder in his or her lifetime. And someone — usually a young adult — dies from addiction/overdose every four minutes in our country.

The only way to turn the tide on this crisis is through greater awareness and more effective prevention efforts. Generation S.O.S.’s goal is to empower a movement of youth who will support and educate each other.

It’s so much easier to build strong adolescents than to repair broken adults

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