Access Program Welcomes New Social Work Interns
Our mental health access program is back, and better than ever this fall. While the Clubs are limited in the number of youth we can serve that hasn't changed the need and importance of this programming.
Youth Mental Health by the Numbers:
- 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness
- 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24
- Approximately 50% of students age 14 or older with a mental illness drop out of high school
We are fortunate to have two new Social Work Interns from the College of St. Scholastica that have started this September and will be with the Clubs until Spring. Under the supervision of our two Duluth Branch Directors and our Program Supervisor, the Social Work interns will help us make sure our vulnerable youth are getting the services they need at a place they trust.
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Duluth #25 for helping to make this programming possible. We are also grateful to the College of St. Scholastica and Leslie Chaplin for their participation and guidance.
The impact of the pandemic on our youth's mental health is significant and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland will continue to do Whatever It Takes to make a difference!