Bremer Trust gives $400K to youth agency
Kevin Guiles, Star Tribune
"The grant supplies a significant share of the YSB’s $1.1 million program expansion campaign, said Executive Director Bob Sherman. Otto Bremer gave half the $400,000 in December and will award the other half in 2017 when YSB matches that amount with money from other sources, he said.
The campaign is intended to launch chemical health programs in school districts, hire additional therapists, and expand education programs."
YSB to Expand Programs in Washington County
Katie Nelson, South Washington County Bulletin
"...[Executive Director, Bob Sherman] said they are expanding in part because younger kids need services as well as having to serve a greater range of issues including bullying, social media problems, anxiety and depression.
"We're seeing the age of the kids that come in to the therapists decrease considerably; we're seeing kids come in as young as 4 years old, kids 9, 10, 11, 12 years of age," he said. "We see their families need more (help) as well."
The expansion will also focus on growing the chemical health program, concentrating on substance abuse prevention in schools with kids who have been identified as at risk by teachers or family.
"Ounce of prevention, pound of cure," Sherman said. "We'd rather work with these kids before they're addicted."