It Only Takes a Moment

May 2016

click here for LISTEN the movie website

Awesome Foundation Oahu (AFOAHU) is pleased to announce our May recipient of $1,000 to a social movement called IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT™.  AFOAHU was contacted by Brooke Dooley who explains, the purpose of IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT™ is to demonstrate how we can improve the mental wellness of our communities through active listening. The catalyzing event is screening the unreleased feature film LISTEN across North America in Fall 2016. It will be 100% free for people to attend.

LISTEN was inspired by Writer/Director Erahm Christopher's work with nearly one million youth. The film is about a school counselor who struggles to make a difference as isolation and negative influences spark destructive behavior among broken youth. Prominent themes include: mental illness, self-harm, gang violence, racism, cyber-bullying, domestic abuse and suicide. 

Brooke and Erahm test screened the film to 6000+ people and received incredible feedback.  They feel that supporting this event will benefit the community of Oahu in a multitude of ways. The event will (1) build awareness to mental health (2) reveal the damaging consequences that occur when we fail to listen to those in need (3) bridge the social divide between youth and adults (4) create a space for honest conversation and (5) provide local resources for individuals and families to seek help. Overall, they believe this will make Oahu more awesome by transforming inactive listeners into ACTIVE LISTENERS! Everyone has a role to play in communities therefore we must work together to help our youth grow healthy and connected!

How will they use AWESOME's $1,000?  The money will support a screening at The Hawaii Kroc Center which has a beautiful theater venue. The money will go towards the film license fee, DVD shipment, event speaker & marketing materials.        

We at AFOAHU agree that supporting this awesome event will help promote awareness of mental health and love the idea that this may benefit the youth in our community. We are looking forward to the screening.