Richland father creating youth advisory board in honor of murdered son

RICHLAND, Wash. — A Richland father is turning his son’s tragedy into hope for other teens.

It was July 4, 2013 when Chris Snapp received the news that his 17-year-old son, Joshua, was shot and killed by two other teens. As a way to heal and help prevent this from happening to others, Snapp started an organization called Cushions in honor of his son.

Cushions is a community-based youth outreach program that provides a safe space for teenagers outside of school, with opportunities for them to share their passions.

Snapp and CA Hurst have joined forces to host annual Treasure Hunts, skate park events and musical concerts in the past. Now after a little hiatus, they’re coming back bigger than ever with a new addition to the program.

Their goal is to create a youth advisory board where the teenagers get to choose what types of activities they’d like to organize, with the adult mentors providing the resources to make it happen.

“We’re going to explore technology, sciences, music, art. Whatever they want to look into, whatever they want to explore, we’re going to help facilitate a means for them to do that,” said Snapp.

They are now accepting applications from middle school and high school teenagers who’d like to get involved and be a part of the youth advisory board. You can find the application up on the Cushions Facebook page.