PrairieCare Child & Family Fund Awards $100,000 for Mental Health Initiatives to MN School Districts

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - TWIN CITIES, Minn. - Apr 19, 2018 - The PrairieCare Child & Family Fund, which launched in March of 2016, has awarded $100,000 in grant funding to five Minnesota school districts to support mental health education and training to those who support or provide educational services to youth. The PrairieCare Child & Family Fund received 39 proposals for funding totaling over $1.2 million, and selected the following districts based upon the overall impact and sustainability of their proposed programs:
 Faribault Public Schools
 Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools
 Paynesville Public Schools
 Prior Lake Savage Area Schools
 Prodeo Academy
This is the second series of grant funding awarded by the PrairieCare Child & Family Fund, and the amount awarded increased based upon the overall success of fundraising and the quality of the proposals received. The purpose of this non-profit 501(c)3 is to support mental health innovations in education, services and research. According to Rhoda Michaelynn, the co-chair of the grants committee, “We received so many great proposals throughout Minnesota, both metro and rural communities. We were inspired to increase funding to impact more students and families.” The goal of this grant is to help create sustainable education programs for district and program staff to better identify and work with kids who may be struggling with poor mental health. Many of the proposals included regular staff education and seminars as well as curriculums that will be implemented into the daily educational routine for kids that promote resiliency and mental wellness.
The awarded districts will be finalizing the development of their programs this spring and will be implemented in the fall for the start of the 2017/2018 school year. “The five school districts receiving grants will be providing better mental health support to their students, staff and communities. We are proud to be their partners,” said board member Sandy Nicholson. The school districts selected provide board representation from many social, economic and cultural classes throughout the state of Minnesota. The PrairieCare Child & Family Fund is developing plans continuing funding similar efforts in the future.

Source : PrairieCare Child & Family Fund

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