Suicide prevention programs get funding

By Amy Cherry 4:51pm, November 25, 2013
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
A dozen Delaware schools and community organizations have been chosen to receive state funding for after-school programs.

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Programs that prevent youth suicide and violence are the primary focus following several youth suicides in Kent and Sussex Counties in 2012.

Organizations like the West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington will benefit. Antoine Flowers is a Programs Coordinator.

"We're bringing a mental health coordinator in as well as certified teachers to help with after-school programming for these individuals within our community and just being able to give more information to the youth and the parents," says Flowers.

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All of the programs that will get a piece of the two million dollars from the Delaware Kids Department will also have their staff trained in suicide prevention and bullying.

Governor Markell says the 12 programs up and down the state are diverse.

"They cover academics, exposure to nature, music, the arts, prevention programming, sports and athletics, healthy living, life skills, and self-esteem building," Markell says.

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The organizations receiving the grants include: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware, Children and Families First, the University of Delaware's Cooperative Extension, Providence Service Academy, West End Neighborhood House, Police Athletic League, Courageous Hearts, DEMCO, the YMCA, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Delaware, Delaware State University, The Mother African Union Church's Peter Spencer Family Foundation project.

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