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Our Mission

Mission Statement

The One Life Project works to build and create a kinder world where we educate, advocate for, and support teens, college students, and young adults who are struggling with mental health in the hopes of preventing suicide in young people and ending the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Our Mission

The One Life Project is dedicated to empowering and uplifting teens and young adults through mental health education, advocacy, and support. Our mission is to break down barriers, challenge stigmas, and foster a culture where every young person feels seen, heard, and supported in their mental health journey. We strive to provide education, support, and an environment that equips youth with the knowledge and tools to navigate life's challenges, build resilience, and foster emotional well-being. Through dynamic advocacy initiatives, we aim to create systemic change, ensuring that mental health support is accessible, destigmatized, and integrated into every school and community in the country. The One Life Project is committed to cultivating a community where the power of kindness and compassion paves the way for a brighter future, one where every youth recognizes their intrinsic value and potential. Together, we advocate for a world where mental health is a priority, and every young person has the opportunity to thrive, despite their race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. ♡

About Us

The One Life Project is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the entirety of the United States. Some of our online programs assist individuals even further than the United States. We currently have four offices on the east coast, with two more opening in the midwest in 2024.


The One Life Project was founded on February 14th, 2018 by Alexander Kovarovic. Alex is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer. In total, we are home to over 3,500 volunteers and employees in 29 states. Volunteers make up over 95% of the One Life Project.

On January 4th, 2021, the One Life Project launched our new motto: be true, be you, be kind. This motto represents our work toward a better world.

2023 has been the strongest year thus far with the most advancement. In 2023, The One Life Project opened our Executive Office in NYC, gained over 2,250 volunteers, launched over 150 partnerships, and was featured in over 50 news articles. Our staff and volunteers are highly dedicated in growing our mission so that we can support more and more teens and young adults each year.


How We Started


In 2016, high school senior Alexander Kovarovic started a nonprofit then called the National Youth Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Task Force, which focused on raising awareness for victims of bullying. The organization was run that way until 2020 when it took the new name, the One Life Project and created an entirely new mission of helping teens and young people with mental health. Our 'be true, be you, be kind' motto took form in 2021 and serves as a reminder to always be yourself while also being kind to others as kindness makes all the difference in our communities. Learn More >

Our mission

The One Life Project works to build and create a kinder world where we educate, advocate for, and support teens, college students, and young adults who are struggling with mental health in the hopes of preventing suicide in young people and ending the stigma that surrounds mental health.

our motto

Our nonprofit's motto 'be true, be you, be kind' represents our mission and values as we work to create a world that's kinder and more understanding of our individual differences. Promoting understanding and acceptance of others is essential in community growth 

Information center

Our Education and Resource Center consists of hundreds of educational and informational trainings, statistics, facts, and resources surrounding mental health, suicide prevention, dating violence, bullying, and more. Our Education Center was developed by our training and research team.

Join the project

Whether you want to volunteer at one event or become a long term project volunteer, there is a place for you! Our volunteers are the heart to our mission and without them, we wouldn't be able to help the amount of people we help each and every year. 


Importance In Our Mission

Youth mental health advocacy is of high importance as it addresses the unique challenges faced by the younger generation during a crucial period of development. Adolescence and young adulthood are transformative phases marked by significant emotional, social, and academic changes. Effective education, support, and advocacy ensures that the mental health needs of young individuals are not only acknowledged but prioritized. By promoting awareness, challenging stigmas, and advocating for accessible mental health resources, youth mental health advocacy fosters an environment where young people feel supported, understood, and empowered to seek help. 


Mental health includes our social well-being as well as our psychological and emotional health. Our mental health affects how we think, how we act, our self esteem, how we view ourselves and others. Whether we are five years old, graduating high school, going through college, starting our first job, or retiring fifty years later, mental health is important and ignoring it can be detrimental to our overall well-being. Our social life is also heavily affected by our mental health.


The One Life Project's mission allows us to stand up for young people who are not yet strong enough to stand on their own. We work to educate, advocate for, and support them through some of the most difficult years of our lives.

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