Teens emotional health impacted by Covid-19 restrictions

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By Keith Berglund  Assistant Director    It has been well over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic changed all our lives dramatically. The social restrictions put in place to contain the pandemic have left most of us feeling exhausted and stressed out. Families have been in “survival mode” for all or most of that time with children experiencing a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, and fear.   The pandemic has been especially difficult […]

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Collaboration between partners needed during heightened mental crisis

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By Jami Hayes  YouthZone Executive Director  During the last year, YouthZone experienced a significant need for intensive mental health and substance use counseling and support for our families in our communities. Substance-related referrals doubled, and parent consultations and education significantly increased. From 2019 through 2020, YouthZone served 1,300 youth and families through counseling, coaching, parent education and restorative justice. Twelve […]

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Sharlene Salinas Brings a Fresh Perspective to YZ’s Programs

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Sharlene (Sharla) Salinas recently joined YouthZone’s team of youth advocates with a mission to bring lived experience and understanding to the organization’s work. Sharla has a passion for mentoring youth and has always been intrigued by the criminal justice system. She believes that her diverse work history in education, legal work and health services will be an asset to her as […]

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