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Diakon Youth Services Weekend Alternative Program gains $10,000 grant

York, Pa. (Saturday August 23, 2014)

Diakon Youth Services' Weekend Alternative Program has received a $10,000 grant from the York County Community Foundation in support of the service when aiding teens from York County.

Based at the Diakon Wilderness Center near Boiling Springs, Pa., the Weekend Alternative Program provides a range of wilderness- and community-based activities to court-referred youth from Friday afternoon through early Sunday, on the weekend when youths are most susceptible to peer influence.

The foundation grant will remain in effect through June 30, 2015.

The Weekend Alternative Program provides a safe, drug-free, structured environment for youths over a 10-weekend stay in the program. In addition, students participate in up to eight hours of guided curriculum each weekend and also take part in community service, drug and alcohol awareness, and wilderness-challenge activities. The program is built on the goals of the state's juvenile court system emphasizing personal accountability, community protection, and the development of competencies and skills for success in life. In 2013, students in the program contributed 3,009 hours of community service.

In all, Diakon Youth Services aided 64 youths from York County in 2013.

The York County Community Foundation was created in 1961 as a way to benefit the non-profit community through endowment. The foundation's goal is "to create a vibrant York County by engaging donors, providing community leadership, and investing in high-impact initiatives while building endowment for future generations."

For further information, please contact:
William Swanger, M.A., APR
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
(717) 795-0308
E-mail: swangerb@diakon.org

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