Berks teen philanthropists donate $15,000 to four organizations addressing mental health issues | Berks Regional News


Members of the Youth Advisory Council present a summary of their year to the Berks County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Left to right: Chelsea Hurley, Twin Valley High School; Saishree Mupparaju, Exeter Township High School; Elise Wang, Wyomising Area Junior/Senior High School; Jacob Millman, Berks Catholic; and Freya Oesterle, Oley Valley High School.

READING, Pa. — Teens at Berks Co. recognize organizations that address mental health issues.

The Berks County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council awarded $15,000 in grants to four Berks County organizations.

YAB awards grants annually from the Berks County Community Foundation Youth and Philanthropy Fund.

This year’s Youth Philanthropy Fund grants were awarded to:

  • $5,000 to Immanuel United Church of Christ for Music & Mental Health, an initiative to increase access to mental health support for youth.
  • $4,030 to Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania to provide equine therapy for youth recovering from trauma, anxiety, depression and other conditions.
  • $3,911 to Aevidum to unite schools in Berks County for a county-wide launch of student-led suicide prevention and mental health efforts.
  • $2,059 to EMPOWERMENT Behavioral Health LLC for Move the Body, Heal the Mind, a trauma treatment program.

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