Inspiring Us This Week: Youth Bridge

Youth Bridge is an organization that is committed to helping youth in our community succeed. Their mission, “Changing the lives of our youth by providing preventative services, counseling and shelter to families and build stronger communities” is why they are “Inspiring Us This Week”. Youth Bridge allows youth and teens to connect and communicate with family members, allowing them the opportunity to live happy, well-rounded lives. These youth are the future of our community and the key to our success. At United Way NWA, we are grateful to have partners like Youth Bridge, who give children the support they need to succeed. Read one of the many stories of Youth Bridge’s success below:

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“We recently received a call from a parent who wanted to tell us how wonderful her son and family were doing. This family was court ordered to receive Intensive Family Supportive Services (IFSS). This program has a mental health therapist assigned to provide intensive services and therapy to the family in the home. The worker will meet individually with the youth, individually with the guardians and then will contact weekly family sessions which may include other members of the family’s support system such as a neighbor, friend, etc. The mother reported that before they received IFSS Services that her son was staying out late or not coming home at all, was rude to her, would not follow the house rules, would not go to school, would not do his chores, was running around at night using drugs and getting arrested. The mother reported that she was at her wits end and did not know what to do. During one of the many court appearances she had to make, she reported that the judge ordered her son and herself to participate in IFSS. She reported that she was very reluctant at first but the therapist assigned to her family was very easy to work with, was non-judgmental and was able to relate to both herself and her son. The family received services for approximately 4 months and completed the program successfully.

Now that it has been almost a year since they started receiving IFSS services, the mother reported that her son still lives at home, that he is 18 years old now, and that he is attending classes to receive his GED. She reported that the have such a great relationship now. The mom reported that her son does the chores, takes out the trash and helps with cooking and cleaning. She reported that most of the time she doesn’t even have to ask him, he just does it. She kept repeating over and over again how thankful she was to Youth Bridge for helping her family.”

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Last year, Youth Bridge was able to graduate 28 youth from the Residential Treatment program in NWA. They also provided transportation to over 100 youth needing counseling and substance abuse services throughout the school year.

If you’re interested in helping this program, so that you can assist individuals as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:

$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:

Funding for youth transportation to and from home/school to classes in Northwest Arkansas for one month

$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:

Outreach and prevention services for one month

 $20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:

Approximately 600 meals a year