(Michigan City, IN) - United Way has stepped up in a big way to support troubled youth locally.
Earlier this week, the organization presented a check for $50,000 to fund juvenile delinquency and suicide prevention programs.
The Bridge to Manhood Program will be one of the recipients. Bridge to Manhood provides workshops for young African Americans to meet with peers and mentors in a positive social environment.
Statistics show that young Black males in LaPorte County are over four times more likely to be detained and eight times more likely to be referred to the juvenile justice system.
Another program benefiting from the United Way is the Youth Wellness Court, which intervenes on behalf of juveniles facing criminal charges, especially if they struggle with mental health issues. Current statistics show 10% of juveniles in the LaPorte County justice system have mental health problems.