project leader
Amalia H
location
10835 Frank Avenue
(Fairfax/University Circle, adjacent to Cleveland Clinic's main campus)
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the project

My name is Amalia Haas, and I am a chaplain, a rabbi - and a beekeeper. I’ve created Bee Brave, in order to help youth move forward and succeed even when they struggle with anxiety. Bee Brave’s curriculum combines basic beekeeping - suiting up safely, learning to open a hive, trying to find that queen - with mindfulness training - calming the body and focussing the mind. Each session begins with mindfulness training, moves to an encounter with the bees, and includes processing afterwards.

Now, if we want to lower anxiety, why on earth would we put people around bees?! Good question. It turns out that honeybees are exceptionally well-suited for helping us develop distress tolerance, or resilience. Because in order to open a hive, we must risk their sting... and that elicits anxiety. When we learn to manage that anxiety, we can apply that skill to other challenges in our lives.

Bee Brave will be hosted at Vel’s Purple Oasis, a woman-owned educational farm in Cleveland  adjacent to the Cleveland Clinic. Partnering with us are two mental health practices that specialize in anxiety and a researcher who studies the impact of animal assisted intervention therapies. 

In consulting with therapists who are also beekeepers - yes there are those - as well as Rev Dr. Amy Green the head of my team at the Cleveland Clinic, we believe that this program can help not only youth, but other populations as well - the formerly incarcerated, survivors of trauma, people struggling with addiction, treatment-resistant depression, and OCD. We are excited to see a trial right here in Cleveland that could help people far and wide. 

We have been so focussed on what we can harvest from the hive, that we have failed to notice what the hive can develop in us. So Cleveland - lets take a bit of the sting out of this pandemic for our children. Let’s teach them distress tolerance so they can succeed, even while anxious. For all of us, but particularly for youth, there has never been a more important skill to learn than distress tolerance, there has never been a better time to learn to Bee Brave.

 

the steps

Meet with Researcher and Psychotherapists to Hammer Out Details of Research Trial - March-April '22

Assemble and Place Hives - April, '22

Install Bees - May, '22

Nurture and Establish Hives - June - July, '22

Order and Install Shed, Fencing - June, '22

Acquire Bee Suits, Protective Gear, Equipment - June - July, '22

First Trial of Bee Brave - August-September, '22

Winterize Hives - November-December, '22

Spring '23:

Bee Brave Spring Cohort(s)

Fall '23:

Bee Brave Fall Cohort(s)

We look forward to hearing our researcher's assessments of the impact of Bee Brave on our young participants, and to expanding our program to other sites and other participant groups.

 

 

 

why we're doing it

In a recent study of over 180 cities, Cleveland ranked highest in stress. During Covid, the suicide rate for teenage girls ages 12-17 has increased by 50%. This is a public health emergency. And as a Cleveland Clinic chaplain, these young women on suicide watch in the hospital are my patients. 

So, what can help with anxiety? The key to handling anxiety well is developing what experts call “Distress Tolerance.” Distress tolerance is a person's ability to manage actual or perceived emotional distress. It also involves being able to make it through an emotional incident without making it worse. It is a core life skill. And by combining beekeeping and mindfulness training, Bee Brave can help people learn it.

In consulting with therapists who are also beekeepers - here are those! - as well as with the Rev Dr. Amy Green, Director of Spiritual Care at the Cleveland Clinic, we believe that this program can help not only youth, but other populations as well - the formerly incarcerated, survivors of trauma, people struggling with addiction, treatment-resistant depression, and OCD. We are excited to see a trial right here in Cleveland that could help people far and wide. We believe that we have been so focussed on what we can harvest from the hive, that we have failed to notice what the hive can develop in us.

So Cleveland, let’s take a bit of the sting out of this pandemic for our children. Let’s teach them distress tolerance so they can succeed, even while anxious. For all of us, but particularly youth, there has never been a more important skill to learn than distress tolerance, there has never been a better time to learn to Bee Brave.

 

budget



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $37,880
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $2,059
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$1,235
TOTAL TO RAISE= $41,174

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

6 3lb. honeybee packages + queen - 780

6 Hives (woodenware plus beeswax foundation) - 3,000

30 Bee Suits - 3,600

Shed at Vel's Purple Oasis - 7,000 (installed)

Assorted Beekeeping Equipment 2,000

Fence - 1,500

Insurance - 2,000

Salaries:

Beekeeping Team - 12,000

Mindfulness Team - 6,000

Total: $37,880

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donors

  • Matthew C.
  • Anonymous
  • Jess B.
  • Marianne N.
  • Cheryl G.
  • Deborah L.
  • Susan Stodolsky
  • Rev. Amy Greene
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Amalia H.
  • Robin & Jon SIrkin - Amazing work, thanks you!
  • Naomi S.
  • roni
  • Sam & Ruthie S.
  • Sara S.
  • Deborah H Lesser
  • sarah r.
  • Cheryl G.