Grant will help at-risk youth

A quarter million dollar grant will help local organizations serve at-risk Jackson County youth

Life Track, a collaborative partnership between Life Art and OnTrack's youth programs, has received a $225,000 grant from Providence Health Plan Community Benefits Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to serve youth at risk for suicide, substance abuse and juvenile delinquency, said Michele Morales, addictions services manager for Jackson County Health and Human Services. (Correction: The source of the grant has been corrected in this story.)

Life Track's primary goals are help area youth, ages 10 to 22, providing mentorship and peer support to tackle issues of depression, suicide, substance abuse and gang involvement, Morales said in a press release.

The project will serve more than 100 youth directly and reach an additional 1,500 through presentations and mental health/substance abuse screenings, she said.

The project will be directed by Carol Law from On Track's youth programs, with close collaboration from Phil Ortega of Life Art. An estimated 300 parents and community members will attend Life Track presentations and 100 providers of youth serving agencies will receive suicide prevention training, Morales said.

— Sanne Specht

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