WELCOME TO ABF

Important Information

The Avery Burton Foundation (ABF) is NOT a suicide prevention agency. ABF is a non-profit 501 c.3 that provides advocacy, educational resources and seeks to end the stigma around mental health. This is done through impactful storytelling via the ABF Resiliency Project and providing Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) tips. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In Espanol, please contact 1-888-628-9454.

To reach the NEW Suicide Lifeline, dial 988.  For more Culturally Competent providers, check our RESOURCES PAGE.

ABF MISSION

The Avery Burton Foundation has been established to serve as an educational development and community development public charity. The idea of this organization has been initiated from a challenge faced in many communities of having loved ones who may be silently suffering with issues that are too great for them to handle on their own which in some cases can lead to unfortunate outcomes. 

These programs (and additional future programming) will be developed and expanded through educational systems, civic organizations, religious organizations and any other non-profits that are willing to partner with the Avery Burton Foundation.

Contact Us:  info@averyburtonfoundation.org

Avery Burton Foundation

ABF Scholarship ProgrAm

Las Vegas – The Avery Burton Foundation (ABF), a non-profit 501c.3 charity focused on mental health outreach and education, donated $5,000 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 to the Public Education Foundation (PEF) in support of the annual scholarship program for Clark County School District high school seniors. The Avery Burton Excellence in Academics & Sports Memorial Scholarship will fund 5 $1,000 scholarships to students selected from over 100 applications this year. Board members, donors and volunteers were on hand  to present the check to PEF representatives.

This year the foundation is awarding five $1,000 dollar scholarships to Clark County high school seniors in partnership with the Public Education Foundation. 

The foundation is named after Avery Burton, a graduate of Foothill High School and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He took his life after a major depressive episode in 2017.

Founded in 2019, ABF offers outreach, education resources and Mental Health First Aid tips to schools, colleges, students, families, businesses and organizations. Additionally, ABF provides annual scholarships to graduating high school students through the “Avery Burton Excellence in Academics and Sports” Scholarship.

ABF Founder Reggie Burton, right and Christina Aldan, Board Member, left, present a check for $5,000 to Kirsten Searer, President of the PEF.

ABF 2022 Check Presentation to PEF.

"Hike & Heal" Event

Hikers and Walkers Wanted!

Saturday, November 26th, 2022 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Event Details

The Avery Burton Foundation will be hosting our 2nd annual Hike n’ Heal community event. We are working to raise awareness with teens, adults and families coping with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.

This event is an outdoor wellness and education program activity for youth in collaboration with non-profit organizations that work with teens and adults in the Southern Nevada community. 

Our group will walk along the Historic Boulder City Railroad Tunnels Trail in Boulder City, NV. Lunch and water will be provided.

RSVP at Info@AveryBurtonFoundation.org or call/text 702.604.4283 

About ABF

The Avery Burton Excellence in Academics and Sports Scholarship ensures his legacy will live on through the work of the ABF and storytelling initiatives, including the Resilience Project, which published student essays from a then record 57 applicants in 2021. In 2022, ABF saw applications increase to 103.

The ABF Resiliency Project and publishing the essays ensures students have their voices heard. Additionally, it inspires hope for others struggling with the mental health toll from isolation as a result of distance learning during the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. For more information please visit: www.averyburtonfoundation.org.  

You can learn more about Avery’s Story in Reggie Burton’s book, “This is Depression,” his personal story of Avery’s life and battle with depression available on Amazon or www.thisisdepressionthebook.com.

ABF Founder Receives Recognition

“Obsidian & Neon” Photo Profile Exhibit & NAACP Legacy Builder Award for 2022

Obsidian & Neon

The third annual “Obsidian & Neon”: Building Black Life & Identity in Las Vegas” photo/narrative profiles exhibit is featuring Reggie Burton, owner of the RB Group public relations firm and founder of the Avery Burton Foundation, as one of its 21 iconic photo/narrative profiles of black Las
Vegans who have made a difference in their community.

Legacy Builder for the NAACP

As a special recognition and in celebration of Black History Month, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Branch 1111 recently awarded Southern Nevada public relations professional Reggie Burton with its distinguished Legacy Builder Award for 2022.

Burton was selected for making a profound and positive difference in the
community through his work at the Avery Burton Foundation.

ANNOUNCEMENT

New Partnership

NEWS 3 Las Vegas

ABF is proud to announce it has partnered with KSNV Channel 3 News Las Vegas to bring you “Mental Health Matters” segment, which introduces you to real life stories in the Las Vegas community.

See the first of many stories at https://news3lv.com/news/local/mental-health-matters-christina-aldans-story 

Contact us: info@averyburtonfoundation.org

What Makes an ABF Scholar?

Handles Adversity

Adversity - Def: a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty.

Loves Competition

Competiton - Def: an event or contest in which people compete.

Higher Education

Education - Def: the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, at a school or university.

2022 Avery Burton Foundation Scholarship Winners

Essay Topic "Explain a Situation Where You had to Overcome an Adversity".

Assiatou Hann

Coronado High School

Christina Colwell

Palo Verde High School

Omar Abuasba

Coronado High School

Wells Lee

Coronado High School

Erin Christopher

Coronado High School