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Newton, KS – Mirror is pleased to announce that it has received a $2,000 grant from the Women’s Community Foundation affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation. The organization will use the funds for Sources of Strength at Newton High School.

Sources of Strength is a nationally-recognized, evidence-based program designed to help prevent suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. Through the program, student leaders at Newton High School are trained to spread messages of hope, help, and strength to their peers. Through peer leaders, students identify and focus on any and all strengths that they have, bringing to light the protective factors that each individual can rely on during hard times. Over the next several years, Sources of Strength will engage 100 student leaders that will help spread help and strength messaging to the entire Newton High School student body.

Several Newton High and Mirror staff have been trained as Trusted Adults in the program, helping to facilitate campaigns and guide the student leaders. Jana Crittenden, high school counselor and trusted adult, believes the program will have a large impact on the culture at NHS: “I am very thankful for the people and organizations who worked to make Sources of Strength a possibility at Newton High School. We see such potential to grow hope, help, and strength in our school with the connections our peer leaders have and are developing. We are excited to see how Sources of Strength impacts our sense of community and building Railer Pride.”

The Women’s Community Foundation (WCF), an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF), has a broad mission for serving charities in Harvey County with an emphasis on new solutions to old problems, new programs and services, and most critical to this award is the urgency to address a critical need. Angie Tatro, Executive Director of CKCF, said, “The Sources of Strength program is a fantastic example of youth-centered programming. Youth in the Mirror-sponsored network, STAND, have had significant dialogue about concerns over kids feeling unhappy and disconnected. This strengths-based program addresses just that in an innovative way, addressing a critical need in our community – our youth.”

Since 1972, Mirror has been empowering people to rise above their personal challenges to become their best selves. Today, this organization is a major provider of substance abuse prevention and treatment in the state of Kansas, and the largest single provider of programs for drug offenders.

The Women’s Community Foundation (formerly Women’s Community Fund) was founded in 2000 and has since granted nearly $275,000 to 27 non-profit agencies serving Newton and Harvey County. Women’s Community Foundation is an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, a IRC § 501©(3) charitable corporation organized under the nonprofit corporation laws of the state of Kansas, with its principal office located at 301 North Main, Newton, Kansas, 67114. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Angie Tatro, CKCF Executive Director, at 316.283.5474 or angie@centralkansascf.org. Additional information posted at www.centralkansascf.org.

Central Kansas Community Foundation mission is “Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving.” Founded in 1995 Central Kansas Community Foundation based in Newton, Kansas is an intermediary between donors and charities, the community foundation helps donors establish funds that financially support meaningful, charitable programs and services in their community. Central Kansas Community Foundation also host numerous affiliate community foundations throughout Central Kansas.