This foundation is being set up in FRANCESCO’S name to help prevent other teenagers from being tormented, cyber bullied, gossiped about, and/or discriminated against. We hope to transform our grief into action!

The foundation’s purpose will be to provide a bridge for parents and educators to know what children are experiencing on-line in order to prevent cyber bullying and harassment leading to the deterioration of mental health, self harm or in extreme cases, suicide.

Francesco died on October 21, 2021. He was 17 years old and had been the victim of malicious rumors and cyber bullying . Prior to his quick spiral downwards he had been a happy, star student with everything to look forward to in the world. He was a victim of spiteful lies due to his sexual orientation. Francesco was experimenting and had not identified as gay, bisexual or straight but because of his openness at his school in Long Island he was the subject of vicious lies and ridicule. One night he was unable to take any more and he had a very uncharacteristic night of recklessness and although he had not set out to-Francesco did end his life on a moonlit beach in Southampton.

TEEN SUICIDE STATISTICS

Teen suicide rates in the United States have increased at an alarming pace over the past decade. We are committed to seeing these rates go down by addressing core issues that give agency to self-harm within young adults.  

4 TIMES HIGHER

LGBTQ+ YOUTH ARE MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT SUICIDE

3,703 YOUTHS

ATTEMPT TO TAKE THEIR LIVES EACH DAY

ONE IN FIVE

AMERICAN TEENAGERS CONTEMPLATE SUICIDE

48% OF TEENS

WHO IDENTIFY AS BISEXUAL SERIOUSLY CONSIDER SUICIDE

EVERY 7 HOURS

A U.S. TEEN TAKES THEIR LIFE BY FIREARM (ON AVG BETWEEN 2019-20)

3 PILLARS OF FRANCESCO’S FOUNDATION

The Francesco Foundation will aim to take on three pillars of reform and education with the intersectionality of mental health tying into each pillar.
Our mission to battle ignorance, prejudice, and fear will be at the forefront of the foundation’s activities.

GUN SAFETY & LEGISLATION

Gun logic. Let’s go beyond typical pull quotes and statistics. We should have logical discussions and legislation behind gun safety.

EDUCATING PARENTS & TEACHERS ON LGBTQ+ BULLYING

Sad to think that we are living in 2022 and still having to deal with bullying. Both online and in person. We need to help not only the bullied but also the bully.

TECHNOLOGY REFORM & EDUCATION

You don’t know what you don’t know. Educating parents and teachers on the dangers of what is online and how we can educate ourselves and our young adults on how to interact with this space.

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Contact us:
Diana Cochran (Founder)
Diana[a]francescosfoundation.org
Jennifer Allsop (Coordinator)
Jennifer[a]francescosfoundation.org
Text us for a quicker response: ‪(631) 268-5092‬