Benoit to Address Thursday’s Event for Youth Ages 16-25
RANCHO MIRAGE – Approximately 100 organizations that provide services to transitional age youth, ages 16-25, will gather at a daylong forum Thursday to build awareness of the resources they provide in eastern Riverside County.
Supervisor John J. Benoit will open Oasis Community Services’ Desert Region TAY UnConvention, the third of its kind, at 9 a.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, 39-000 Bob Hope Dr.
“Young people need our help to successfully make the leap from teenagers to responsible adults, start careers and plan their lives,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This forum is important for building collaboration and networking among organizations to successfully address their needs.”
The Riverside County Department of Mental Health initiated this project as a way to improve the level of service provided to this age group. Presenters will share their resources, knowledge and skills between each other and the youth who are expected to attend.
Supervisor Benoit will highlight county programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act, which reach out to people who need help but traditionally don’t seek it. He will talk about the services of his office and the department’s “It’s Up To Us” anti-stigma media campaign.
Other presenters include Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services, Family Services of the Desert, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Mourning Star Center, Operation SafeHouse, Christopher’s Clubhouse, Planned Parenthood, California Department of Rehabilitation, Center for Employment Training, Jewish Family Service of the Desert, ABC Recovery Center, Riverside County Department of Mental Health and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert.
Note: Due to privacy issues, those interested in capturing photography, audio or video of the workshops should contact Kraig Johnson from Oasis Community Services at 760-391-6989.