While all of our programs need and deserve fundraising support, one of our most important and impactful programs is seriously underfunded.
Our School-Based Youth Services Programs (SBYSPs) operate in three area high schools and two middle schools, where we have full-time staff and our own welcoming spaces.
- At first, kids often just come to play video games or foosball after school when they have nowhere else that’s safe to hang out.
- They learn to trust our staff and many decide to join our groups on homework help and SAT prep, on how to interact with authority figures and safe dating, on inclusive peer support and making positive choices.
- Teens who have never hiked in a State Park or been to a Broadway show; we take them there.
- When they have a crisis or loss at home, they come to our clinicians. When a teacher or another student hears of a suicide threat, they bring the youth to us. So sometimes, we literally save lives.
Our SBYSPs achieve all this and more. But while our operating costs for these five programs have jumped 28% in the past five years,
our state funding has remained flat.
So we urgently need to raise $110,000 in this year’s Annual Appeal to ensure the youth in our communities continue to get the crucial support they need to succeed.
And we have a head start! To kick off this urgent appeal, we have received a substantial donation from Valley Bank! With its commitment to stronger communities and access to opportunity, Valley Bank is an ideal partner for our school-based programs and we are deeply grateful for their generosity.
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