Crisis Clinic "Teen Link" awarded grant
Crisis Clinic of Seattle/King County has received a combined $36,500 from the Boeing Company and the Boeing Good Neighbor Fund to support a new crisis intervention program for young people.
Grants have also been awarded from Joshua Green Foundation, Nesholm Family Foundation, McEachern Charitable Trust, Glaser Foundation, Jeffris Wood, Archibald Foundation, Charis Fund, and Wyman Youth Trust.
TEEN LINK, which currently is in the development phase, will provide confidential telephone crisis intervention for young people. Recruiting and training will begin soon for teen volunteers who will provide confidential telephone crisis intervention for their peers. TEEN LINK is expected to be operational by Spring 1996.
"The community support has been overwhelming," said Susan H. Eastgard, M.S.W., Crisis Clinic Executive Director. "It is rewarding to know that Boeing and so many other local foundations believe in Crisis Clinic and the young people of our community."
The inspiration for creating TEEN LINK was sparked by the murder of 16-year-old Audra Letnes, the daughter of a long-time Crisis Clinic staff member.
"We want teens to have a safe place to ventilate anger, express fears and anxieties, and seek comfort and support. Many times, teens just want someone to listen," Eastgard added. "They know right from wrong, but there are so many forces at work during adolescence that the issues become complicated. Perhaps Audra could have used TEEN LINK to get out of the dating violence situation that proved to be lethal."
"Boeing recognizes the increased pressured placed on young people, and the consequences that stress may have," said Christine Jones, manager, Boeing Contributions. "This program will enable trained teenagers to help their peers through the tough times."
TEEN LINK will serve young people in King County, which has an estimated teen population of 131,700.
Established in 1964, Crisis Clinic is in its fourth decade of service to the community. It operates a 24-hour crisis hotline, as well as a Community Information Line, which offers information and referrals to social service agencies. All Crisis Clinic services are free and confidential.