April and May News
To empower Central Indiana youth and their families through prevention, intervention, counseling and youth development initiatives.
In This Edition:
Welcome to All our New Friends
We're so glad to have you as part of our team!
Between community outreach events and Roll For Youth, we've made a lot of new friends this month!  We hope you're as excited as we are to have you join our family.  Take a moment to check out our website.  If you have any questions about how we're changing lives in our community, reach out to us -- We want to hear from you!
Roll For Youth 2015  Roll
Who knew making a difference could be so FUN?
All we can say is, "Thank you."  YOU made this event a success and we don't know what we would do without you!  Your generosity raised over $14,000!!!  These funds enable us to reach more families and provide our services to those who could not otherwise afford it.  

We are truly humbled by the support we felt from our Reach For Youth family.  Thank you to all our sponsors!
Dinner sponsors:
Your Donations at Work Donations

Recently, a 15 year-old was arrested for shoplifting, possession of marijuana and resisting/fleeing arrest.  Her parent reported she had failing grades, was skipping class, hanging with the wrong crowd of friends, and isolating herself from her family: The perfect recipe for a dark future filled with bad choices.


She was sentenced to Reach For Youth's Teen Court.  Her sentence was 14 hours of community service, attendance at a Peer Pressure Workshop, counseling, a verbal apology to her parent in court, a written apology to the store where she shoplifted, 2 nights of jury duty, and a written research paper on how shoplifting negatively impacts businesses and the community.


Within 90 days, she completed her sentence and her counseling treatment plan.  She continues to test negative for drugs and is understanding how it affects her health and self-control.  She has improved motivation and is making better choices, with new friends that have a positive peer impact.  The change has been so remarkable her teachers have even phoned home to comment on her positive behavior. Her parent reports, "I feel my child is getting the support she needs and I am thankful for Reach For Youth."

These victories are happening everyday here at Reach For Youth, but they're only possible with your support! Your donations change lives.
Reach For Youth named Grant Recipient... TWICE! Grant
We have been fortunate to receive two grants in April/May
In April, Reach for Youth received a grant from the Clowes Fund.  Then i n May, the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy's awarded Reach For Youth the Learning by Giving grant. These funds will allow us to grow and strengthen our In-School Teen Court program: an innovative, alternative form of discipline.  Click here to learn more.
New at Reach For Youth Group
When there's only 24 hours in a day, how do you serve more clients?
Groups, of course!  Reach For Youth has launched 3 groups this spring: Adolescent Sex Offenders (ASO), Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (ATOD), and our brand new Teen Process Group!  Not only do these groups allow us to help more youth, they also allow teens to learn from each other by providing a safe and confidential environment for them to voice their fears and concerns.
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Featured Staff Member Chris
Meet our Diversion Manager, Chris Ponti

Chris graduated from Manchester University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Criminal Justice.  After gaining experience working with youth and families at Youth Connections as the Program Assistant, he joined the Reach For Youth team in 2003. 


As the Diversion Manager, in addition to coordinating the traditional Teen Court program, he facilitates workshops on topics including shoplifting, conflict resolution, peer pressure and teen dating violence. The Teen Court program allows him to combine his passion for working with youth and supporting them in turning mistakes into opportunities for growth and personal development, while helping youth avoid the negative consequences of being adjudicated a delinquent in an official juvenile court.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month May
It's time to change the way we talk about mental health.
If you had cancer, you wouldn't wait until it reached stage 4 before you sought treatment.  So why is it that we wait to seek help for mental illness?  According to Mental Health America it takes an average of ten years for Americans to get the help they need from the time they first experience signs of mental illness!  Why?  There are many reasons people wait to seek help.  Often times they don't recognize the signs or they don't know where to go to get help.  The biggest barrier people face is fear of the societal stigma of mental illness.  It's time to  change how we talk about mental illness -- it plays a huge role in one's overall wellness and ought to be treated with the same urgency and respect as any physical sickness.  
In Other News...
New Website Website
ReachForYouth.org got a makeover!  Check it out here.
New Board Member Board
Brian Sherer, CPA and In-Charge Accountant for Katz, Sapper & Miller has joined the team here at Reach For Youth and we're lucky to have him.   Welcome aboard, Brian!