By Sarah Klein
Increased supports for at-risk youth and their families in Steinbach is receiving a provincial funding boost.
The Manitoba government is providing $50,000 to support the Headway program, which combines social service agencies, police and community organizations.
The program focuses on at-risk youth aged 12 to 19 living in the Hanover School Division, have complex challenges and are involved with multiple social service agencies.
Once a month, the program brings together the youth, their families and service providers to identify the root causes of their issues and then develop plans focused on long-term success, reducing negative behaviours, and improving health and wellness.
“This program is making a difference for young people and their families in Steinbach and the surrounding region,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen.
“Headway helps ensure youth can access all of the existing services and supports that might benefit them, in a co-ordinated and compassionate way.”
Headway has been in place since 2016 and also receives funding and in-kind support from the Hanover School Division, Manitoba Child and Family Services, the RM of Hanover, the RCMP, local businesses and clubs, and private donations.