Serving Frederick County Youth
COVID-19 is severely impacting our youth as they live in an everchanging world. From schooling to family life, our community is working to overcome battles we never imagined. As a result of COVID-19 stressors, trauma is rapidly increasing in both youth and adults. The Ausherman Family Foundation recognizes the importance of individuals beginning the healing process and provided a COVID Emergency General Grant to support youth trauma needs in the amount of $30,000.
As caretakers struggle with navigating a new normal with work and assisting youth with virtual learning, there can be increased fear and anxiety. Our local nonprofits have stepped up to provide youth with safe havens and positive, encouraging environments during and after virtual school. The Boys & Girls Club implemented a mobile “Club on the Go” program to provide access to a positive place for youth living in remote areas where minimal services are available. Staff have also received special training to increase their understanding of adverse childhood experiences and understand trauma-informed care. The Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership has increased their services throughout the pandemic to care for youth experiencing homelessness.
Some funding directly supported fulfilling critical needs caused by financial burdens. Youth are in need of food, hygiene items, medical expenses, transportation, clothing, and more.
Thank you to all of the organizations serving our youth including those supported by this grant – Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County, Friends of Child Advocacy Center, and Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP).
If you or someone you know is in need of information, resources, or crisis intervention, please contact the 2-1-1 emergency hotline.
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