Saving Teens In Crisis Collaborative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in April of 2004 to assist troubled teens and their families struggling with substance abuse and other emotional issues.

Saving Teens works with health organizations, educational consultants, wilderness programs, boarding schools, rehabilitation centers and educational lawyers to fund and support families with financial limitations as they complete the comprehensive therapeutic programs that they desperately need, but may not be able to afford.

By leveraging the expertise and generosity of dedicated professionals, caring institutions, other charities, government institutions and altruistic individuals, Saving Teens guides children and their families towards a brighter future.


March 24, 2014

SavingTeens Announces Creation of Thomas E. Bratter Scholarship Fund to Support its Mission of Serving Families in Need

Saving Teens in Crisis Collaborative (SavingTeens) has established the Thomas E. Bratter Scholarship Fund, a new fund initially financed by a donation of more than $450,000 from a not-for-profit company formed by friends, family and alumni of the John Dewey Academy. The Bratter Scholarships, administered by SavingTeens, will focus on supporting bright but troubled teens attending college preparatory therapeutic boarding schools with a strong emphasis on quality academics and a track record of sending their typical graduates to quality four year colleges.

Funding included a gift of $30,000 donated in memory of Gabrielle Van Kennen Meerbergen and Wesley Alexander MacCready, two beloved Honors graduates of the Academy. The remainder of the funds were donated in recognition of the late Thomas E. Bratter and in support of his vision of helping bright but troubled teens use their potential to build a life of integrity and achievement.

SavingTeens, founded in 2004, has assisted troubled teens and their families struggling with substance abuse and other emotional issues. SavingTeens collaborates with pro-bono educational consultants, therapeutic schools and programs, and has enabled dozens of families to access therapeutic schools and programs they could not otherwise afford.

“The establishment of the Bratter Scholarship Fund significantly expands the impact of SavingTeens, providing extensive support specifically for access to college preparatory therapeutic boarding schools,” explained John Reuben, Founder and President of SavingTeens. “At the same time, it remains consistent with our broader mission of providing assistance to families with struggling adolescents who would not otherwise be able to afford the appropriate intervention or school.”

In addition to establishing the Bratter Scholarship Fund, SavingTeens announced that two new board members affiliated with the donor have joined the SavingTeens Board of Directors. Lisa Sinsheimer, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and Pavan Surapaneni, an attorney, will contribute both professional expertise and personal experience to the SavingTeens Board. “We are thrilled to have Lisa and Pavan bring their talent and dedication to our Board of Directors,” commented John Reuben.

SavingTeens is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are fully deductible under IRS regulations. For more information please visit our website,

2014 SavingTeens Charity Golf Scramble

The 2014 SavingTeens Charity Golf event was played February 5, 2014 at the Legacy Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada. This represents the third year we have held this annual event in conjunction with NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) Annual Conference. 

Preliminary results included a record breaking fund raising effort thanks to generous sponsorships and participation fees. Thanks to everyone who contributed! 

We will be posting more photos and recognizing the sponsors here on our website soon. In the meantime, there are more pictures available on shutterfly.



SavingTeens celebrates 10th anniversary serving teens struggling with substance abuse and emotional issues

SavingTeens® has assisted over 70 families through grants totaling over $350,000 to parents and therapeutic programs since our founding in 2004. These awards subsidize program fees and individual counseling expenses. Without the support provided by our generous donors, these families would have been unable to access the spectrum of care their adolescent needed.

A few examples of SavingTeens impact: 

"John” was out of control. He was fourteen and wrestling with substance addiction. He was not attending school and had been detained by the authorities for a number of offenses. Through the generous support of SavingTeens, he embarked upon a multistage recovery that included wilderness and therapeutic programs, assistance to help him transition back home, and six months at a private school allowing John to graduate high school with the necessary academic skills to achieve self-sufficiency. Currently, John is thriving, works two jobs, is married, and thinking about going back to school.

“Sue” was oppositional and angry. The family was in crisis as Sue’s behavior escalated. Her mother did not know where to turn. Sue’s treatment at a therapeutic program in Michigan was funded by a scholarship facilitated by SavingTeens. The Fine Arts program Sue attended helped her self confidence reach levels her family had never imagined. She continues to perform at school functions and other community events. Her mother states, “Overall- I'm amazed at who this young lady has developed into and continues to become. The whole thing is a miracle, though we still live one day at a time.”

If you are a family in crisis, please review our Need Help tab to understand our process and whether you might qualify for assistance.

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Please enjoy this video of the 2012 NATSAP/Saving Teens Charity Golf Scramble. 

To all who are a part of Saving Teens,

From deep in my soul, I want to thank you for your support to help my son, Michael, and our family receive the help we needed to fight the  chains of addiction that have caused so much destruction and heartache. After being a homeless runaway and sitting in the juvenile detention center five different times, Michael had hit rock bottom. His substance abuse had hit a new level of desperation. He was using marijuana 20 or more times per day and was moving on to anything else that he could get his hands on. He was stealing anything and everything. The court system had decided to place him out of my care and he was looking at two years...