Students from area high schools were chosen to participate in a Youth Ambassador Program Thursday at Rochester Area High Schoo. Sponsored by the Beaver County System of Care, the program began last fall as a way to help spread awareness about mental health issues in the county high schools. Amy Fenn, right, and Jimmy Dowd, left, both from Pressley Ridge, talk to Camryn Hampe, 15, from Freedom, about sharing her thoughts about mental illness for a video.
ROCHESTER TWP. - The Beaver County System of Care reconvened its Youth Ambassador program Thursday for a daylong workshop at Rochester Area High School.
The organization, in partnership with several other local organizations, launched the Youth Ambassador program last fall as a way to help spread awareness about mental health issues in Beaver County's high schools.
The program kicked off last year with students from Aliquippa, Big Beaver Falls Area, Freedom Area, New Brighton Area and Rochester Area school districts. High school principals or guidance counselors selected about 10 student representatives from each school to participate in the program.
The program's organizers hope to expand it to every school district in the county, said Susan Smith, a program specialist and one of the ambassador program’s organizers.
The program reached toward that goal Thursday, Smith said. Social workers and guidance counselors from Ambridge Area, Central Valley, Hopewell Area, Riverside and Western Beaver school districts attended Thursday's event to see how the program might fit into their school communities.
This article originally appeared in The Beaver County Times.
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