I Matter, You Matter


Sign reading, "I Matter, / You Matter / We Matter!"

Salley Gibney, founder of the You Are Never Alone Foundation, has been present at Camp Agape for many years, and is a big favorite with campers and staff alike. She shares her “caring coins” with the campers and encourages them to share coins with others in their lives. She tells them stories about the many places and people she has met through the coins. One camper, upon receiving her coin, said: “I’m never going to take this off.”This year, Salley shared the “I Matter…You Matter Movement” at camp. She led the children in a discussion about the effects of bullying on themselves and their friends. They made a circle and tossed a ball to each other. As they received the ball, they would step into the circle and say: “I am special because…” One child who initially refused to participate, was able to enter the circle and say: “I am special because I am me.”

You can learn more about Salley’s work at www.youareneveralonefoundation.org.

from the Spring 2012 Newsletter