Posters with a Purpose

By: Rachael Miner

Local Hesston High School graphic design students created a total of 12 drug and alcohol prevention posters to increase awareness to the effects of substance abuse. Design student Peyton Lewis said his poster on drunk and drugged driving hit close to home. “My uncle was killed in a drunk driving accident before I was born. … Continued

Burrton YAR hosts Live Above the Influence Event

By: Rachael Miner

On February 22nd, Burrton’s Youth as Resources invited all middle school and high school students to their first “Live Above the Influence Event”.  YAR members Lexi Lane and Kyler Matlock kicked off the assembly by “breaking the chains of addiction”, pulling apart a paper chain signed by each student and symbolizing their intentions to prevent … Continued

YAR program now accepting Applications

By: Rachael Miner

Any high school youth who is a resident (or attends a school within) Harvey County can now apply to become a member of their local Youth as Resources program. Youth that are involved with the program gain: Power to effect personal change A sense of being valued and needed A sense of accountability to community … Continued

Teens makes a Difference

By: Rachael Miner

On December 10th, the Mayor’s Youth Council hosted their annual Youth leaders Across Wichita (YLAW) event. This year for the event, the MYC Youth Affairs and Public Service committee voted that the group partner with the Salvation Army to sort toys and gifts for individuals in need. All Wichita area youth were invited to participate … Continued

Santa’s Helpers

By: Rachael Miner

On December 8th, the Wichita Mayor’s Youth Council volunteered at the annual Night with Santa event at Century II and served as helpers at the Letters to Santa station. Over 150 letters were written to Santa by children attending the event. MYC volunteers assisted the children as they wrote the letters and ensured their arrival to the … Continued

MYC Hosts Junior Jumpstart Youth Summit

By: Rachael Miner

Over 100 Wichita area youth attended the Mayor’s Youth Council’s bi-annual Junior Jumpstart Youth Summit. The opening session challenged participants to identify their Natural High and provided the opportunity to hear from guest speakers David and Lynn Gilkey, of Rise up for Youth. David and Lynn have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the community and … Continued

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