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At-risk youths will benefit from $225,000 grant

A major grant will help organizations serve at-risk Jackson County youths.

Life Track, a collaborative partnership between Life Art and OnTrack's youth programs, has received a $225,000 grant from Providence Health Plan Community Benefits Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to serve youth at risk for suicide, substance abuse and juvenile delinquency, said Michele Morales, addictions services manager for Jackson County Health and Human Services.

(Correction: The source of the grant has been corrected in this story.)

Life Track's primary goal is to help area youths, age 10 to 22, providing mentorship and peer support to tackle issues of depression, suicide, substance abuse and gang involvement, Morales said.

The project will serve more than 100 youths and reach 1,500 more through presentations and mental health/substance abuse screenings, she said.

The project will be directed by Carol Law from OnTrack's youth programs, with close collaboration with Phil Ortega of Life Art. An estimated 300 parents and community members will attend Life Track presentations and 100 youth agency providers will receive suicide prevention training, Morales said.