August 7, 2017. Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation, South Central Minnesota Pride (SCMN Pride) is receiving $1,000 to be used for LGBT Youth Programming. Jeni Kolstad says that much of SCMN Pride's current work has been on providing opportunities for adults to connect with LGBT and allied people and they now are working on doing the same for youth ages 20 and under.
The CDC reports that LGBT youth were more likely than heterosexual youth to be victims of bullying and substance use. CDC also reports that youth who are questioning their sexual orientation experience more symptoms of depression and suicidal ideation and attempts than their heterosexual counterparts. Per CDC report, students that have positive environments are at less risk for bullying, substance use, depression, and suicidal thoughts. CDC recommends providing youth-led groups that provide a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT youth to lower risk of adverse emotions and behaviors. SCMN Pride is working towards positive environments for youth in the Mankato community.
The Mankato Clinic Foundation provides resources to organizations and endeavors that effectively promote and improve community health and wellness. Since the primary focus of the Foundation is to support the health and well-being of the community, projects and programs supported include education and scholarships initiatives focused on health care, health education and wellness.
The physicians at the Mankato Clinic provide the majority of the Foundation funding as a means to give back to the community by providing support to organizations which strive to improve health and wellness. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are considered only through the application process. Applications can be obtained at mankatoclinic.com.