JAG awarded YAR grant to host Christmas Party for Respite Care Children

By: Rachael Miner

On December 3rd, J.A.G (Jobs for American Graduates) a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk, hosted a Christmas Party for Trinity Heights Respite Care. Respite Care serves families who have children (0-16) with special needs. JAG received a $400 grant from Mirror’s Youth as Resources program … Continued

YAR awards Mini-Grant to Local Teens

By: Rachael Miner

St. Mary’s Catholic Youth Fellowship received a mini-grant from Mirror’s Youth as Resources (YAR) to create and distribute “Just for you” gift backpacks for children that enter the Harvey County Homeless Shelter. They designed, purchased and put together backpacks that were filled with age appropriate games and activities for children 3 – 13 years old. … Continued

Mirror Partners with the Newton YMCA

By: Rachael Miner

This Saturday, Mirror and the YMCA hosted the first annual Harvey County Youth as Resources (YAR) summit. During the summit, Mirror’s YAR leaders participated in a fun day filled with leadership and bonding activities.  YAR teams from Newton, Hesston, Burrton and Sedgwick were all in attendance and it marked the first time that they had … Continued

Mirror administrator retires

By: Barth Hague

  Doug Johnson, a veteran addictions counselor and administrator in Kansas, has retired from Mirror after 24 years of service. He was honored at a retirement party in Shawnee, Kans., on Nov. 9, 2016. Johnson began his counseling career at St. Johns Hospital in Salina, Kans., in 1985. He holds a BA Degree from Friends … Continued

Mirror hosts Annual Harvey County Town Hall Meeting

By: Kelly Breckunitch

By Kelly Breckunitch Newton Kansan@KansanBreck http://www.thekansan.com/news/20161101/tackling-issues-as-community According to a Columbia University study, 40 million Americans (or one in seven) age 12 and older struggle with addiction. That’s more than the number of individuals suffering from diabetes (26 million), heart conditions (27 million) and cancer (19 million). Those numbers were just a fraction of what Mirror … Continued

MYC Raises Money for Homeless

By: Rachael Miner

MYC sold Boba Tea to fundraise for the homeless at the 36th Annual Wichita Asian Festival.  The Mayor’s Youth Council’s Youth Affairs Committee was in charge of the initiative and raised over $400 that they will use to create care packages for Wichita’s homeless.

Red Ribbon Week impacts over 1,000 Harvey County students

By: Rachael Miner

Youth as Resource members spread the message of Red Ribbon Week to their communities during the week of October 23-31. Each YAR group decorated their town with Red Ribbons to raise awareness and to remind the community to live drug free. YAR members also spoke to both Halstead and Newton Middle school students in a total of … Continued

YAR visits State Capital

By: Rachael Miner

Mirror’s Youth as Resources members traveled to our state Capital to attend the Kansas Youth Empowerment Conference hosted by Kansas Family Partnership this month. At the conference, YAR board members attended break-out sessions where they gained valuable knowledge about drugs and alcohol, suicide prevention and safe driving. Students also had the opportunity to listen to the … Continued

MYC Recognized at Wichita School Board Meeting

By: Rachael Miner

On October 24th, the Wichita Mayor’s Youth Council public school students were recognized at the USD 259 School Board Meeting for all the work they do in the community.  Mayor Paulina Castaneda shared about the council achievements and upcoming events. Students from the following schools were represented; North, Northeast, South, Southeast, East and Heights.

YAR Members Commemorate 9/11

By: Rachael Miner

This month, Youth as Resources (YAR) members gathered to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11 and to rekindle a spirit of unity and compassion in the Harvey County community. On September 11th weekend, 11 youth and a few adult sponsors arrived at the Harvey County Homeless Shelter with backpacks, art supplies and ingredients … Continued