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Group helping youth gets grant

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 2:15 p.m. CST

LAKE VILLA – Allendale Association, the nonprofit facility for troubled youth, was awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant from McGraw Foundation to support its outreach project benefiting students in Lake County.  

The project trains local teachers to help students with emotional and behavioral problems stay in, and succeed, at school. The McGraw Foundation presented the first installment of the grant to Allendale on July 8.

Students experiencing emotional and behavioral health problems have difficulty learning, and their disruptive behaviors can interfere with the learning of other students. Public school teachers often lack the necessary supports and specialized training needed to effectively deal with these problems. Without intervention, many troubled students end up failing in their local school environment resulting in expensive out-placement and/or dropping-out prior to graduation.

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