Sedgwick County Officials Praise Youth Horizons
Youth Horizons was recognized at a recent Sedgwick County Commission meeting for its work providing community mentoring for at-risk youth, residential services for youth in foster care and advocacy for families in need across the community. Attending the County Commission meeting were President Robert Garner, Board Vice Chair Joy Eakins and Vice President for Mentoring and Strategic Communications Van Williams. The three Youth Horizons officials accepted a proclamation that recognized January as National Mentoring Month and highlighted the impact of mentoring. Youth matched with mentors are:
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 130% more likely to hold a leadership position in a club or sports team
- 55% more likely to enroll in college
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
- 90% more likely to become a Mentor
If you are interested in mentoring, please visit: youthhorizons.net/mentoring
Commissioners also praised Youth Horizons’ longstanding work providing residential services for youth in the foster care system. In 2020, the commission supported a zoning request to construct the Wren House.
Commissioner Baty congratulated Youth Horizons officials on the recent opening of Wren House for girls, which is located two miles from Youth Horizons Kinloch Price Boys Ranch (KPBR) in Valley Center.
“I’m very familiar with Youth Horizons,” Baty said, “I’ve supported you in a [residential] capacity. To see you here today and to see the girls home now built too…I want to say a profound ‘thank you’. With this commission, I believe those children will have a voice.”
If you’re interested in viewing the Sedgwick County Commission meeting recognizing Youth Horizons, please visit: https://bit.ly/kansas2023 If you are interested in supporting Wren House or KPBR, please visit: youthhorizons.net/residential-services
Youth Horizons representatives accept the proclamation from Sedgwick County Commissioners. Back Row (L-R): Sedgwick County Commissioners Ryan Baty, Jim Howell, Pete Meitzner and David Dennis. Front Row (L-R): Youth Horizons officials Van Williams, Robert Garner and Joy Eakins.