Lancaster County youth ages 14-21 in foster care are one of the most vulnerable populations. These teens and young adults have endured the trauma of abuse and neglect, and the subsequent trauma of being removed from their homes. In fact, many of these children have been in the foster care system for years, suffering secondary trauma of multiple placements and prolonged uncertainty. As a result, these youth often require comprehensive behavioral healthcare.
An LOHF grant will provide 45 of these youth with trained advocates through a $15,000 grant to CASA of Lancaster County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). The volunteers will foster futures for these teens through mentorship, court advocacy, orchestrated collaborative efforts with community partners, and consistency.
This is one of four Children’s Behavioral Health Grants recently awarded by LOHF to organizations enhancing the mental well-being of youth and children in Lancaster County.
“These programs are reaching families and their children whose access to mental health support is particularly challenging, yet urgently needed,” LOHF Executive Director Anna Kennedy said.
Grants were awarded as follows:
- Advoz was granted $18,500 for its program Stand in Justice: Surrogate Victim-Offender Dialogue for Youth. This program helps 12-18 year-olds in the juvenile justice system to develop empathy.
- Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 was granted $13,800 for its program, Envision U Symposium. This program helps high-risk youth transitioning to adulthood.
- CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health was granted $10,000 for its program Take Your Time: A Universal Mindful Education Series for Elementary Students, Teachers & Families
- CASA of Lancaster County was granted $15,000 for its program Comprehensive Advocacy for Older Youth, and to train volunteers to advocate for youth ages 18-21.
Grants Info Session: June 4
An additional $42,300 in Children’s Behavioral Health Grants will be available this fall. Tax exempt community benefit organizations serving Lancaster County are eligible to apply.
Those interested are encouraged to attend an information session that will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the S. Dale High Leadership Center, 1861 William Penn Way, Lancaster.
To learn more about LOHF Children’s Behavioral Health Grants, please visit www.lohf.org/grants.