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Who We Are

Our Founders

Dale and Dar Emme

  • Co-Founders -Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program®, Light For Life Fnd. Int’l & serve as Executive and Deputy Director.
  • Survivors, lost son, Michael Emme 1994
  • Consultants: developing state plans/state coalitions and community
  • Trainers: community development and suicide prevention gatekeeper training
  • Commissioner 2015-Current (Dale) CO Suicide Prevention Commission
  • Commissioners 1998, (Dale and Dar) CO Gov. Suicide Prevention Advisory Commission
    (As commissioners, helped develop Colorado’s State Plan for Suicide Prevention]
  • Assisted in creating the CO Office of Suicide Prevention, and served on the Advisory Board 2001-2005
  • Founding members of Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, 1999-current
    • Vice-Chair, (Dale) Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, 2001- 2004
    • Board, (Dale) 2014 - current
  • Founding Members, National Council for Suicide Prevention, 1999-current
  • National judges for the Alliance of the American Psychiatric Association’s When Not to Keep A Secret national essay contest
  • Obtained national endorsement from the American Osteopathic Association
  • Authors: ‘I’ll Always Be With You’ (Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul) and ‘Legacy of the Yellow Mustang’
  • Created an international Yellow Ribbon Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week – observed internationally the 3rd week of Sept.
    • U.S. House Resolution 286 recognizing the Week (9.9.1999)
    • U.S. Senate Concurrent Resolution 119, recognizing the Week (9.14.2004)
    • Governors throughout give proclamations declaring the Prevention Week.
  • Created and developed a comprehensive program which is offered worldwide through training seminars, workshops, in-services and presentations. Addressed and worked with over 250,000 youth through presentations, seminars and workshops.
  • Appeared in:
    • Chicken Soup for the Soul - #3 Serving
    • Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
    • Family Circle Magazine
    • Good Morning America
    • Oprah
    • People magazine
    • and many other periodicals, radio and TV
  • Awards and Recognition's
    • Everyday Hero's by KMGH Channel 7-ABC, Denver CO 1999
    • Persons of the Week, WJRT - TV 12, Flint MI 1998
    • Westminster Man and Woman of the Year, Chamber of Commerce, Westminster, CO 2000
    • Dar: 9 Who Care Award, KUSA-NBC, Denver, CO 2002
    • Dar: Power of One Award, State Representative Scott McInnis R-CO 2003
    • Dale: El Pomar Non Profit Executive Leadership Program, CO 2002
    • and other awards and recognitions

The Emmes are Survivors-in-Action and continue to work with states and communities to develop strategies and lifesaving programs and develop chapters throughout the world.  They have received over 50,000+ letters, emails and phone calls from people of all ages throughout the world.

Appeared in:

  • Chicken Soup For The Soul - #3 Serving
  • WOMAN’S WORLD
  • Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul
  • FAMILY CIRCLE MAGAZINE
  • GOOD MORNING AMERICA
  • The OPRAH Show
  • PEOPLE MAGAZINE
  • Television: Channels 7, 9 & 12 – Denver, CO
  • Denver Post - Denver, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain News - Denver, Colorado
  • Newspapers throughout the U.S.
    (Partial list)

Awards and Recognition's:

  • Westminster Man and Woman of the Year’ Chamber of Commerce, Westminster., CO, 2000
  • Everyday Hero’s by KMGH Channel 7-ABC, Denver CO, 1999
  • Persons of the Week’, WJRT- TV 12, Flint, MI, 1998
  • Dar: Power of One award from State Representative Scott McInnis R-CO 2003
  • Dar: 9 Who Care Award, KUSA-NBC, Denver, CO 2002
  • Dale: El Pomar Non Profit Executive Leadership Program, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2002

The Emmes are Survivors-in-Action and continue to work with states and communities to develop strategies and life saving programs and develop chapters throughout the world. They have received over 50,000+ letters, emails and phone calls from people of all ages throughout the world.

Our Impact

  • Cards Distributed

    18,604,282

  • Lives Saved (over 20+ yrs)

    From the beginning of Yellow Ribbon, we've received letters and emails from youth, parents, teachers and more telling of the impact of the Yellow Ribbon Card. The times it was used to save a life. Based on the responses sent directly to the International Office, and those of our Chapters around the globe we have conservatively estimated at least 100,000 lives saved.

  • Dollars Raised 2017

    145,240

  • Chapters & Program Sites

    6,972

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Residence Inn Denver-Northwest Westminster is one of our favorite Hotels in the Westminster area - always a great place to stay when visiting Yellow Ribbon International! Thank you TMI Hospitality for partnering with Yellow Ribbon!

  • Hampton Inn Denver-Northwest Westminster is one of our favorite Hotels in the Westminster area - always a great place to stay when visiting Yellow Ribbon International! Thank you TMI Hospitality for partnering with Yellow Ribbon!

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