Northwest State Community College received a $3,500 “One Step at a Time” grant from the United Way of Defiance County. The grant project is a partnership with the Maumee Valley Guidance Center (MVGC) and the Defiance Dream Center to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid and cyberbullying training sessions free of charge to residents of Defiance County. The mental health training will be provided by MVGC, while the cyberbullying training will be provided by NSCC.
The training sessions will benefit any person interacting with youth; including parents, teachers, coaches, childcare providers and youth group leaders. Light refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a take-home resource book.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Northwest State and partners to continue the good work of serving our community,” said Ashley Pere, grants coordinator at NSCC. “We strongly believe that providing this valuable free training will help prepare our community members to identify and respond to the mental health issues that youth in Defiance County face today,” Pere continued.
The training sessions will take place at the Defiance Dream Center on the following dates and times:
- Friday, April 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.-noon
Youth Mental Health First Aid Sessions:
- Session I: Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (one, 8-hour session)
- Session II: Tuesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 21 from 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. (two, 4-hour session spread over 2 days)
This opportunity is made available through proceeds from the One Step at a Time 5k Run/Walk. The eighth annual event took place on Saturday, September 28 at Defiance College with more than 400 walkers and runners participating in honor of Scott Hammersmith. Scott’s mother Sherri has a personal mission to bring awareness to depression and suicide for youth in Defiance County. The event’s goal is to encourage conversations about suicide, depression and mental wellness, as well as raise funds to support education and prevention programs for youth in Defiance County.
Once finalized, complete registration information will be available at NorthwestState.edu/Events. Additional information is also available by emailing Ashley Pere, liaison for these events, at apere@NorthwestState.edu.