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KlaasKids Asks Public to Share Ideas to Involve Youth in Search for Missing Teen

KlaasKids representatives are requesting the public's help in identifying ways to involve youth in the search for Sierra LaMar, in hope that it will increase awareness and lead to Sierra's location.

KlaasKids Foundation, a nonprofit that provides search-and-rescue services for families of missing people, is asking for the public's help in brainstorming ideas to increase youth involvement in the search for missing Morgan Hill teen . 

KlaasKids Founder Marc Klaas tasked volunteers Midsi Sanchez and her friend Davina Joy with the responsibility of producing ideas that would get youth involved in the search for Sierra. The women are brainstorming ideas to increase youth involvement in hope that it will generate more awareness and lead to Sierra’s location—but they need help.

“Midsi and I are linked together trying to get 18 and under involved since 18 and above are the only ones who can conduct a search for Sierra," Joy said. "We're trying to find ideas, suggestions or ways—fast—to get the youth involved. Whether it be by passing out more fliers, even reaching out through Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, where all the youth is.”

Joy became involved with KlaasKids through her friend Midsi Sanchez, who was abducted and held captive for three days in a vehicle when she was 8 years old. The duo and Klaas believe that getting youth involved in Sierra’s search will help inform teens and kids who aren’t aware of Sierra’s disappearance and subsequently encourage them to spread the word.

“Kids talk, kids are social all over the Internet and they’re out there—they’re running the streets,” Joy said “They basically know more than we do and they know more than they really can even let on. They might have seen something and just didn’t think to tell someone. We’ve got to train their minds to think sharper and think smarter and really be willing to help.”

To help create more awareness among youth the pair is asking for readers to share their ideas. So far ideas include concerts and the selling of merchandise, like candles, buttons and pictures of Sierra.

“Marc Klaas was saying that hopefully within the next 24 hours we can come up with something," Joy said. "Obviously a car wash wouldn’t be smart because of the weather, but anything where we can maybe get donations, whether it be benefit concerts, local artists getting involved, maybe even Sierra’s favorite artist. Whether they’re independent artists, local, underground or even mainstream. People have hearts and hopefully they’re willing to help—it’s a child.”

If you have ideas about how to increase awareness among youth and get them involved in the search for Sierra LaMar, please post them in the comments section of this article.

Sanchez, Joy and KlassKids representatives will view the suggestions and utilize them to develop a game plan geared toward increasing awareness of Sierra’s disappearance among youth.

How can KlaasKids involve youth in the search for Sierra LaMar? Share your ideas in the comments section.

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L March 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM
There is an annual cheerleading competition this weeked I Los Angeles.I know local dance and cheer teams are attending as my sister coaches one of the local teams and will be there. If you can get in touch with the coordinators, maybe they can pull together a plan to raise awareness amongst the girls. If you need more info, or a contact name and number, I will do what I can to get it to you.
SBW March 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I think the youth are doing what they can. They are posting picutres everywhere, spreading the word on the internet, posting up fliers throughout town and going door to door. They need to be apart of the volunteer search team. It doesn't help when its during school hours and on the weekdays.
G. Layton March 28, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The Youth must be careful and never serach alone.The person responsible may be watching what's going on, or reading online. I will never forget the psychic reader in Lake County, when Polly Klass disappeared and she knew exactly where Polly had gone and was found. At the time, Polly's grand father answered the phone at the center and blew off the read as another nut case callign in. The read was "right on" I may add. I do agree with all that was posted here about how much kids know. And someone in Sierra's circle may very well indirectly know the person Sierra left with. Keep it out there and listen to Everyone.....every one wants Sierra to come home. Please Make the donations to Chase more visible to the public.
G. Layton March 28, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Search, that is, sorry typo.
Corinne Speckert March 28, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Here's an idea from Debra L. "How about schools giving community service credit or having an after-school group that includes an after-pizza party or potluck or getting teen church groups involved."
Jim Shuster March 28, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Hi Corinne, the kids are too young to search but they are helping in after school programs to aid in those searching. Today they will be bringing me more flyers to put on our Dutchman's Pizza boxes and will go out with every pick up and delivery to hit deeper in the community. We cannot allow anyone to harm our children !
Corinne Speckert March 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Thanks Jim. I just updated the article.
Brian March 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Perhaps getting this on another national new program, such as 20/20 or dateline!
D. Benoit March 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Get all of Sierra's friends and school mates in a meeting at the high school; give them a business card with the Sheriffs tip hotline email, Facebook and any other contact information along with the contact info for the Klass kids and Bay Area Missing. Send them home with the following task to help in the search for Sierra: please provide us with the names of all the friends, contacts and acquaintances that you know Sierra had online in any Face Book, Google+, MySpace, Yahoo or other online community. The reason I suggest doing this is that all the pictures of Sierra I see look like self-taken pics via either a cell phone cam or web cam. This leads me to think that her disappearance must have something to do with someone she met online or that she was in touch with where she was living in the past.
Sabrina C. March 29, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Hi Christina, I have noticed that people are currently trying to trend #findsierra along with her info and photos.
Davina Joy March 29, 2012 at 07:19 PM
That's why we're welcoming them this weekend to come to the center and be a part of this. They may not be able to go on the actual search, but we would love to hear them talk, counsel them, have them help assist the adults with posting fliers where they may have been taken down, and give us more suggestions on what we may be able to do to continue the search for Sierra and educate them further on how to protect themselves.
Davina Joy March 29, 2012 at 07:23 PM
We're discussing a "Safety Assembly" held @ schools for the kids/youth. We also want to educate them further about being more careful with what they post online- as far as locations, and places they go. Predators do pay attention and I feel we have to do more to point this out to our kids so they can play it safer online. There's many matters we can speak on but it starts with the suggestions just like this. thank you all for the great feedback. I'll be taking these directly to Marc Klaas.
Nicholas Alexander Oakley March 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Perhap's you could add incentive, by asking Jr. or High School staff to give their student's credit for volunteer hours for participating in the search . You would need a info. center the youth can go and get a presentation of 411 and sign off hours . perhaps someone has a space or can donate one temp. , or maybe the School Sieera attended will donate space . perhap's ask students who ride , walk ,or use public transportation to post flyer's ohh and social network's .Ask youth's to talk to and share info. with their friend's at other schools ,or that they have throughut the country .Get local college students to spread the info. to colleges throughout Cali. especially the college's & town's known for partying .
Sabrina March 29, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Just like in G. Laytons story maybe you guys should consider talking to a psychic reader and see what kind of info they can provide for you. * just a suggestion.
G. Layton March 30, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I did talk to the reader, and she told me to get this out to the FBI or family. Who can direct me to some one who will take this lead?
Davina Joy March 30, 2012 at 04:41 AM
@ G. Layton: May I ask what the reader said? It's worth looking into, I believe.... I can get the information directly to Marc Klaas and whoever else may need to look into it.
G. Layton March 30, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Certainly, but I don't wish to send her statements publically.
Kristen March 30, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Donations by text seem to catch on pretty quickly. Usually if you're asking for a smaller amount, like $10, more people seem likely to donate that way. I am praying for her safe return.
Kristen March 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Also, have you considered including a photo of Sierra when she's not smiling, for the posters, etc? If someone is holding her against her will, she is doubtless not smiling like she is in all the photos we're seeing, and maybe adding a serious-looking picture could be helpful to the public in identifying her as everyone is looking around and hoping to catch a glimpse of her.
Kathie K March 30, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I think this is so great. I know the highschools have FBLA(future business leaders of america clubs) and are very involved with their schools, Morgan Hill has the youth action counsil that have teens that would love to help organize or brainstorm with you . Maybe a pizza, a couple of people from each group and they can create awesome ideas
Terry Parks April 01, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Have the children write letters to the NCMEC and ask why paragraph four of the "Missing Children Poster Display Instructions" (published monthly in the Postal Bulletin) isn't activated for Sierra. According to the instructions 'within 24 hours Sierra's poster would be emailed to every Postmaster in the country and displayed in the "box lobby", and in the workroom floor area for the letter carriers to view before and/or after their route (there's over 35,000 Post Offices in this country).
Terry Parks April 01, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Have the children write letters to the NCMEC and the U.S. Postal Service and ask why the "Deliver Me Home Network" National Program hasn't been activated to help with the search for Sierra. Law enforcement with the case just needs to request from Code Adam (through the NCMEC) to target a certain zip code(s) and Sierra's poster would be mailed to every address within the zip code(s) targeted. In 2003 16,000 posters of a Missing girl in Georgia were mailed out to every address in a tri-county area.
Terry Parks April 01, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Have the children contact the GSA and request that Sierra's be included in the April publication of Missing Children Notices on the GSA website. Her poster would then be displayed in over 900 Federal Buildings throughout the country. These last three posts by me describe the three National Programs that are developed and available to help with the search of a Missing Child. Seems odd they are very seldom ever utilized for any Missing Children.
Terry Parks April 01, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Sierra's Missing Child poster was included in the April 1 posting of Missing Children Notices on the GSA website. According to the description of this National Program (GSA Child Alert Program) the posters of the Missing Children included will be displayed in 900 Federal owned buildings, for the next month.
Corinne Speckert April 01, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Great work everyone! KlaasKids volunteers have used some of these ideas to create a "Youth Brigade" and are creating posters that don't depict Sierra smiling: http://patch.com/A-sfrX Mark Klaas said all these ideas have been a blessing. Midsi, Davina and Mark are still looking for additional ideas, though, so let's keep them comin'!!
Corinne Speckert April 04, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Hi Mechele, I passed on your idea to Davina Joy. Thanks for contributing your idea.
Linda Roma April 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I'm willing to pass out fliers at the main intersections this afternoon. Does anyone want to help? Maybe 101 & Dunne, 101 & Tennant
Yisel Diaz April 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM
My mind dwells on a senerio and through the things I read on the net. I ask my self if this would of been my sister or daughter what would I have done diffrent? one thing comes to mind by looking at sierra's home videos that she love to take pictures and I know that the other girls too. so this is my theory. let say that some time back sierra might of been alone or with a friend and let say that she met say a young man, now at first it might of been a smile between them no comotion. If that was the case let say that she kept bumping into the dude, So on that unfaithfull friday morning he might of pull up to offer her a ride I now wonder with all of those pictures that they take is he in any of them I know that I'm blowing air but shouln't some one take a look at videos and photos say like all of her friends and class mates and faculty and parents and the comunity to see if every one is a counted for who knows? Gods Be
Heather June 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I am not familiar with this area of CA, but looking at Mapquest I see that Morgan Hill is only 58 min's, or 47 miles away on CA-17 S from Santa Cruz and the Pacific Ocean. The abductor could have connections with people that own boats, rented one, or found a way to place her there. Reservoirs seem like risky spots, and there are so many near Morgan Hill, those areas would be the first logical place searchers would look allowing more time for her to be lost at sea.. Another idea, the abductor should have known how many hours they had before Sierra would be reported missing: 8-12 hours max. Have any areas within an 8-12 hour radius of MH been searched? I doubt if she was driven far away (alive and held against her will) the abductor would have continued driving her (in plain sight) after this time. Another thought.. What if she was taken to Reno NV or Las Vegas by choice and wanted it to look like she went missing? Reno is 4 hours away, and Vegas is 8 hours. I know she "seemed" like a happy enough teen, but after reading her social media accounts (years ahead of herself and inappropriate language & behavior) you have to wonder if she might have been seeking to start a new life- where she could make her own money and live on her own terms. She seemed very upset about the families recent move and expressed it online. She could easily pass for 18, get fake ID, and be working in a club with a new look. Tiquana, MX is only 7.5 hours from MH too.. Or perhaps there against her will?
Ashley L. February 20, 2013 at 09:44 PM
I still think you guys should get a dance benefit together, that's quite appealing to the youth, the music, the different styles of dance. I have a friend in San Jose who is well known and would be willing to DJ an event to benefit in the search for Sierra. A few volunteers that I know of are involved in dance groups. I think it'd be a great thing.

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