Daswon McAllister

Anyone else remember listening to Dawson McAllister Live every Sunday night on your clock radio while trying to fall asleep? It was from that radio broadcast that I got a glimpse of what other teenagers were facing in their lives. Kids would call in from all over the country and talk about the real, everyday struggles they were dealing with. And questions. There were loads of questions. Dawson always listened to their stories and told them that he loved them. When you’re 16, and contemplating suicide, those words can make all the difference.

Keith and David joined Dawson for an interview right before he spoke at the 30 Year Anniversary Event for Rainbows End Youth Services. He had quite a few stories to tell. (He says he’s really got 45,000 stories, but who’s counting?) Dawson talked about how the radio show began, and some of the not-so-cut-and-dry topics that have come up for discussion over the years. It’s estimated that at least 1700 kids have been saved from suicide through TheHopeLine, an off-air Christian call center where kids can talk in depth with a counselor who can give them their full attention. Regardless of where you stand on the issues, you can’t deny that this guy loves kids and he wants to set them on a path to a better future.

After 30 years of service to the Mount Joy community, Rainbows End Youth Services (REYS) celebrated this month with a banquet to commemorate their accomplishments thus far and to look ahead to the future of the program. Rainbows End offers an after school program to at-risk teens that provides structure and a safe place for them to come, unwind, and foster solid relationships with peers and adult role models alike.

In addition to their web links above, Facebook is a great way to connect with these two organizations:

www.facebook.com/DawsonMcAllister

www.facebook.com/RainbowsEndYouthServices

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