Popping Bubbles supports communities from within to create programs and networks that foster the unique needs and wants of individuals. We run motivational speaking tours, create and oversee community support groups, and build extra curricular opportunities. Our mission is to pop the social and physical barriers that prevent people from living happy and successful lives.
THE PURSUIT OF BUBBLES
Who is Ariel Tweto?
Ariel is our President and a founding member. Born in 1987, Ariel grew up in Unalakleet, Alaska, Ariel is a pilot, a TV personality, a public speaker, and is our president. Like her mother, she competed in cross-country, and has run every day since May of 2002.
Ariel is an actress, writer, producer and is currently working on a number of projects including a new Realty TV Show as well as her own cartoon.
The title of Popping Bubbles came about after an interview Ariel had with CBC Radio where she discussed suicide prevention and said, "We all live in little bubbles (never leaving the village, hanging out with only certain people, not trying a new food, not being open to different ethnicities, religions, ways of life, etc.) ...so I want to go around and pop them!"
Motivational Public Speaking Tours
Educational/ Informative Media
Community Enrichment Programs
Organized Tournaments/ Competitions
Integrative Online Social Network
WE DO IT
We are currently working on tours planned across the United States. We have also recently launched our Social Network, which is packed with amazing resources + is available to everyone!
We have been working within the communities we’ve already visited to design a follow up program - to support and enrich the impact of our tour.
We've seen first hand the amazing shift that occurs when someone feels empowered by newly acquired knowledge or a skill. With the help of local community leaders and teachers, principals and parents; we have designed an infrastructure to support our motivational speaking tours.
At Popping Bubbles we recognize every town, community and person are unique; which is why we have designed a fully integrative program covering everything from goal setting to nutrition, team building, cultural enrichment activities, fitness, literacy, singing, art classes, dancing etc..
Check our calendar frequently for upcoming workshops!
Contests, Tournaments, & Scholarships
We are working with the communities we’ve already visited to see how we can expand our programs. We’ve seen an amazing result from friendly tournaments and competitions that help inspire and motivate young people in the community. Therefore, we are excited to announce we will now include: advocating opportunities for scholarships to eligible youth, and running artistic/design competitions as part of the Popping Bubbles program!
Popping Bubbles Video Series
Suicide is a sensitive subject, and it can be difficult or even be perceived as “shameful” to seek out information on research, causes or prevention. We want to end that stigma, and are developing a new line of educational and inspirational videos, curated by leaders in both video production and the mental health fields.
We are building both virtual and hands-on support. We all need someone to lean on at times- and our dream is to offer that support to everyone regardless of geography. When online/ phone support isnt enough- we will work with communities to set up support networks; and facilitate proffesional support.
Why does suicide happen?
Suicide can affect any and everyone, and theres no identifiable reason that causes suicide- however there are factors that can impose risk on ones likelihood of dying by suicide. Those highest at risk are those living in rural communities. In Alaska, home to some of the most remote communities in America, a recent study shows risk of dying by suicide increases by 18 percent for every 5 degrees of northern latitude increase. (Alaska Section of Epidemiology)
How do you reach the unreachable?
With the help of those living where suicide prevention is needed most, we have developed an approach and model to reach remote communities in a meaningful and lasting way. Our teams travel to the communities, spend a few days there building relationships and provide support and programming to be implemented by community members between our annual visits
Why are rural communities at risk?
Rural communities, especially those that are extremely remote (eg. only accessible by plane) face different adversities than the rest of the country. Many of the opportunities and supports overtly apparent and available to the rest of the country are either unknown or are unavailable to hundreds of thousands. This lack of support and information, in addition to the other hardships surrounding isolation and harsh climates are leading to extreme social and economic problems such as: suicide, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Currently rural Alaska (home of some of the continents most remote communities) has eight times the national average for suicide, and this number is on a steep rise.