Mission: Youthwises mission is to create and sustain best practice programs for youth and adults who would benefit from mental health and substance abuse life skills education, school-based mentoring, and mental health first aid.
Programs: The largest program service expense is for personnel. The employees and contractors interact with the local school districts personnel, students and funding organizations to determine the best methods of education and counseling to reach and educate the area youth on alcohol and drug abuse.
family serivces center provides four main programs to the lawrence county community of south dakota. Program materials and events provides funding for the teammates program for the volunteer mentoring book scholarship awards dinner in the spring. Funding is provided for a temporary homeless shelter for youth in transition apps purchased on ipad devices to screen for mental health and substance related behavior legal consent forms and documents a sanitation program which provides hygiene supplies to 40 enrolled students annually puppets for the teammates kindergarten program servicing 137 youth during guidance days t-shirts and photos for the teammates volunteer events drug tests for parents for the education program continued training for the behavorial health program in mental health first aid and fees for teammate mentoring program events.
training of the personnel and contractors makes them aware of the latest issues in the abuse of alcohol and drugs. They are kept up to date on the most effective methods to educate and inform the youth of the area on current abuses and the importance of making informed decisions which will affect them for a lifetime.