Youths from North Minneapolis will speak at an upcoming Brainerd workshop about how they've made a difference in their community, and how their lives have been turned around in the process. Minneapolis has recently seen a remarkable decrease in youth violence, and these youth have played a pivotal part in the improvement.
The purpose of the Brainerd area workshop is to bring youth and adults from Crow Wing County together to work on improving the lives of youth and children. We'll discuss specific things that can be done, and begin the work on making things happen.
All youths from the county are invited and any adult working with youth or interested in helping youth are welcome. The event is sponsored by the Youth Wellness Task Force, a broad-based collaborative of youth-serving agencies, education, law enforcement, the legal system, churches, business and youth themselves.
The initial goals of the Youth Wellness Task Force include:
• Connect every youth with a responsible adult.
• When youths are at risk, connect them with supportive services.
• When youths break the law, use restorative services.
• Change the climate of violence through education.
We will talk about what concrete steps need to be taken to fulfill these goals in our county. We'll also look at what's being done currently and how we can improve these services. And we will discuss what else is needed to make our communities better places for our youth and children to live and grow.
Many people in our county are facing hard times, especially our youth, but we also have great resources. It's an important time for us to use those resources effectively to help those in need. The well-being of our tomorrows rests on the well-being of today's youth and children.
We welcome you to join us on Tuesday, September 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 424 South 8th Street, in Brainerd for this important event centered on our youth. Lunch will be served and a freewill offering taken to cover costs.
Ariticle by Roger Lynn, Crow Wing County Youth Wellness Task Force, and Holly Biggins, Northern Pines Mental Health Center.
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