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Butte Native Starts Youth Group to Fight Depression

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A Montana Tech freshman and Butte native is starting a youth organization with the hope of preventing anxiety and depression in children.

The club hopes to help kids by hosting fun and productive activities in the Mining City.

Teen suicides have deeply impacted Butte this school year.

There have been three since the year started.

Among those directly affected was Kal Leamer, who was good friends with one of the students who took his life.

So Kal decided to help.

"With that last suicide, it was just like I have had it," Learner said. "Enough was enough. So I went on to Facebook, and it almost just came to me, Project Life. I typed it in, and there it was. There was the page."

Kal dove in head first and started "Project Life".

"Project Life is a youth-driven organization," Leamer said. "It deals with helping kids with anxiety and depression, and helps them stir passed that through events and activities."

Project Life helps kids ages 14 to 20 with peer to peer mentoring and by having fun in the community.

Kal's idea for Project Life stems from posters at the YMCA where he works.

Posters that read "Healthy Living is for Everybody" and "Making Youth a Priority".

"I knew somebody had to do something to get these kids seeing that there's more to life than just high school drama," said Leamer. "You get passed it. I want kids to see that there's stuff to look forward to."

"We could let these kids know how valuable they are," said Dane Schroder with the YMCA. "Just because they might not be able to hear, doesn't mean they're not worth of being phenomenal at some other aspect of life."

Kal has now organized events for project life and is helping kids stay happy and healthy.

Last week's cosmic swimming event,which featured free swimming and music, was attended by 100 students.

"Right now, I'm just a kid trying to make a difference," said Leamer.

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