Huckleberry Youth Programs was recently awarded a “Stop the Hate” grant by the California Department of Social Services. This new funding for Huckleberry will allow them to expand and fund their robust counseling program that serves youth and families across San Francisco and Marin counties. Last year, Huckleberry’s counseling program provided mental health support for 436 Bay Area youth.
The purpose of the “Stop the Hate” funding (Huckleberry was awarded $625,000 over two years) is to provide support and services to victims of hate crimes, survivors and their families, and facilitate hate incident or hate crime prevention measures.
“We at Huckleberry Youth Programs are very proud to be part of the California initiative to reduce hate incidents in our community” said Douglas Styles, Huckleberry’s executive director/CEO. “The CADSS ‘Stop the Hate’ grant will allow Huckleberry to hire three more counselors in San Francisco and Marin to provide support services to youth victims of hate incidents and hate crimes. By addressing hate head-on, our vision is to create more inclusive, healthy, and engaging communities for all people.”
“Stop the Hate” support and services includes:
- Direct services for victims and survivors of hate incidents and hate crimes and their families, including mental and complementary health services; wellness and community healing; legal services; navigation, case management, and referrals
- Prevention services, including arts and cultural work, youth development, senior safety and escort programs, safety planning, training and cross-racial alliance work
- Intervention services, including outreach, training, restorative justice, coordination with local government and institutional partners, and coordinated regional rapid response.
For more information, visit huckleberryyouth.org.