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Our Children are Dying. They need Hope, Resilience, Self-Compassion, Empathy

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 in Arizona alone
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for youth nationwide ages 14-24
  • There are suicide statistics for children as young as 5 years old. Kindergartners are choosing to end their own lives.
  • Drug overdose deaths among teenagers rose sharply over a one-year period according to federal data. “This is a public health crisis,” said Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Bullying is a form of youth violence. Almost all children will at some time experience bullying behavior as bully, victim, and/or observer of others being bullied.

The mission of The UBU Project is to end youth suicide, addiction and bullying. It may seem like a daunting task; however, The UBU Project is Doing Something About it! 

Join us and become part of the solution!

Quite simply put: The UBU Project teaches suicide prevention, drug prevention and anti-bullying through Interactive, Performing Arts Integration

UBU Social/Emotional Learning Residencies are Much More About the Celebration of Life through Discovering Everyone's Hidden Treasures of:


The UBU Project's powerful, interactive Arts Integration Residencies are showing a marked increase (over 30%) in student comprehension of these wondrous "UBU Treasure Chest Words." 


Even more so, read the words of UBU Residency Students:

  • "Hey Mr. David, thanks for telling me about this. The depression I used to have is slowly going away. I'm still trying to love myself but at least I love myself at least a little bit."
  • "I like making music and making songs. My treasure chest is in my heart."
  • "Mr. David, I understand resilience better. Thank you!"
  • "I love the UBU Project because it teaches me that I have to treat myself with love and respect and it teaches me how to write music."
  • "Mr. David, your lessons were amazing. They taught me a lot about hope, resilience, self-compassion and empathy."

 Plus these powerful testimonials from others who have experienced the life-affirming work of UBU Founder and Executive Director David Simmons: 

  • "Being  a student in David Simmons' Songwriting Class, has been a huge part of (my daughter's) finding strength and confidence within herself after her 2018 suicide attempt. I'm beyond thankful." -UBU Student's Mother (via Social Media)
  • "Hey man! I'm not sure if you really remember me but you were one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, and I was in a bad time of my life when I (worked with you) but you always kept me going man." -High School Student, Phoenix AZ (via Facebook Messenger)
  • "I couldn’t help thinking – as I watched the night unfold – how much your involvement obviously meant to the evening and how much your work must mean to so many kids.  And, by extension, how much better this world is with you in it." -Entertainment Industry Professional (via email)
  • "The students get to know the social emotional skills they need . . . they also have a new song writing skill that builds their self-esteem and helps them give voice to the struggles of their hearts in a hopeful, compassionate, and empathic way. I highly recommend “ The UBU Project” to other schools and students." -Elementary School Counselor
  • "Mr. Simmons provides such a wonderful example for all students. His workshops create a safe space for students to share their thoughts and feelings." - High School Prevention Coach

Help us encourage our youth to find and honor their own voice!