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Boone County voters recently approved a quarter-cent sales tax to fund programs that would support the mental health and well-being of young people. It’s estimated that the county could generate $5.4 million towards the effort, now that Proposition 1 has been approved. This initiative is reflective of a larger push to support the needs of younger people in the community. Beginning next year, the Heart of Missouri United Way will begin a new funding model that will support programs that are focused on youth and poverty.
So what’s going on here? What’s behind this shift towards the needs of young people in our community? Are there needs among young people that are not being met? And, how will this funding for youth oriented programs play out in the coming months. To find out, Intersection spoke to a panel of guests that are familiar with these issues.
Christine Corcoran, director of regional operations, Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri; and director of the “Putting Kids First” campaign
Cande Iveson, board president, Heart of Missouri CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Tim Rich, executive director, Heart of Missouri United Way
Bruce Sowatsky, executive director, The Community and Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County (joining the program by phone)