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Mesabi Academy youth help in community

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Youth from the Alternative Services Program at Mesabi Academy in Minnesota have been hard at work helping out in the community.


One group pitched in at the Buhl Public Library, where they moved furniture and books in preparation for new carpet installation then got the library organized after the installation. The library volunteers were very thankful for our help and invited the youth to the library’s open house.


Other youth have ben working at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Virginia. The store manager, Vic, has been very supportive, as he has worked with troubled youth and adults from the community and understands the need for them to work in a positive environment. Mesabi youth recently helped open a new section of the store that had previously been used for storage. They cleaned, sorted through boxes of donations and installed shelving. They also helped display new items for sale, unload trucks and decorate for the holidays.


We look forward to continuing to serve our community.

Sandy Hook tragedy is wake-up call for mental health needs

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The Newtown, Conn., school shootings are another sad reminder of the need for attention and funding to be directed at mental health treatment.


At KidsPeace, we are acutely aware of the increasing needs of the population we serve. But as legislators grapple with the possibility of slashing mental health funding in an effort to avoid the "fiscal cliff," KidsPeace and other mental health providers are once again getting the squeeze.


Read more about the struggles facing organizations like ours in our latest Salisbury Patch blog and find out why mental health should be everyone's concern.


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