5 QUESTIONS WITH JAKE WHITE
TANTASQUA REGIONAL HS, FISKDALE, MA, CLASS OF 2014
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, STORRS, CT, CLASS OF 2018
Q: Why did you decide to bring the THP Project Purple Initiative to your school?
The way Chris made me feel when I first heard him speak was what inspired me. His story was the most impactful I’ve ever heard. I knew my school would feel his love as well if they had the chance to hear him. We got that opportunity in 2013 when he came to our community and I started the Project Purple Initiative the next day.
Q: Favorite memory so far from THP Project Purple?
My favorite memory is from an event we did with positive sticky notes. Our group worked together to write something positive on sticky notes for every locker in the school. The students loved it because they all felt appreciated. It was incredible!
Q: How has THP Project Purple Initiative changed your school and community?
Project Purple has brought so much positive light to my community and school. Not only do we stand for sobriety, but for being loving people. Members have been brought together and made new friendships. I’m confident we can continue to be a force of positive change. It also has helped people realize they are not alone in how they feel sometimes. Because of that, people have been able to be confidant in who they are and begin to make a difference.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to other schools and communities?
Get in touch with other schools that are a part of the Project Purple Initiative as well and talk to them about what’s going on in their schools and in their communities. You may think you have thought of everything to help spread the word and grow, but you probably haven’t! “Iron sharpens iron….” and there is a lot of iron out there that is part of THP Project Purple.
Q: Favorite piece of THP gear?
Definitely the beanie!