You were born with a purpose. You Matter!

UMatter is an initiative developed by Friendship Circle, an organization that provides support to those who experience social isolation, with a focus on individuals with special needs. UMatter helps teenagers take a step back from daily stresses and refocus on life’s positivity. Our goal is to build a support network and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health in our community. We believe that everyone is created with a G-dly purpose and they have something to contribute to the world. It’s up to each of us to know, and show, that YOU Matter!

If our program impacts even one life, it’s a success!

School Clubs

Middle & High School UMatter Clubs empower teens to  spread the message that each individual matters. It’s a safe space where teens are encouraged to open up to each other and discuss the challenges they may face. Another focus, is to empower members to identify fellow teens (not present in the club) in need of a friend to talk to, so they can be there for them.

UMatter is currently active in Providence Day Middle School and Socrates Academy, and our Teen Board includes students from Charlotte Country Day Highschool.

UMatter Week

UMatter Week is a teen-led initiative that empowers teens to support their peers and friends, and encourages teens to recognize that there is strength in seeking help. The UMatter message is twofold: you, as a person, matter unconditionally, and you, as a person, matter to someone else.

This week-long campaign focuses on spreading the message that each individual matters through Hall Decorations, UMatter Moments, Creative Expression, and more.

Teen Talks




One Thing I Wish U Knew

We’re all human and we all have struggles and triumphs. Four community members shared their personal and unique stories, and offered insight and advice on how we can support each other and be a closer community.

“The very fact that you are here, in this place, at this time, and with these opportunities available to you, means that there is something to be done – something that only you can do, something of utmost importance to G-d.”

The Rebbe

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