Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2006

Program aims at at-risk youths

December 21, 2006

A new program is accepting applications from teens who may be at risk for not succeeding in life to the capacity that they might otherwise be capable.

The Tough as Leather program is for middle- and high-school-age youth who are having trouble academically; who are not getting along with their peers or other family members; who have heath conditions such as neurological, learning disorders or psychiatric illnesses; who have experienced a recent death in the family; and those who have had to move a lot.

The program is sponsored by Minds and K9s Inc., which offers mental health services in the community.

"Tough as Leather is not a program for 'rejects,'" said Sharon J. Cunningham, executive director of Minds and K9s Inc. "It is a program for people, regardless of where they come from socially, academically, culturally, their religious or economic backgrounds."

The intensive program is limited to six youth per semester.

Those making application must have the support of their parents or guardians and school, if attending school, to join the program. They must commit to attending sessions for 12 consecutive weeks, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Fort Leavenworth Veterinary Facility and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays at the Youth Achievement Center, 314 Delaware St., Leaven-worth.

The program uses animal-assisted therapy as one of its elements.

Applications are being accepted for a limited time and the program begins in January.

For more information visit www.MindsAndK9s.org, send e-mail to presentations@ MindsAndK9s.org or call (913) 250-5433 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

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