JYLF Co-Founder, Dawn York, began using art therapy in the form of painting kindness rocks with her younger children to help them cope with the loss of their brother. The “kindness rocks” first painted were painted to help prevent others from acting on suicidal ideations. In doing so, the group name was born. Her husband and Co-Founder, William York, created the group and invited others to join – which they did and continue to do. Members hail from all U.S. States and Countries on every continent.
In military terms, I’m known as a “Maverick,” meaning I began my career as enlisted and finished as an officer. Six years of my enlisted service were spent investigating major crimes committed by and against USAF personnel. During that time, I investigated many violet acts, including child physical and sexual abuse, rape, murder, and suicide. As a commissioned officer responsible for those in my command, my experience with suicide continued to grow. I was able to help save lives by recognizing signs and ensuring they received mental health assessments and the help they needed.