Tri-County Mental Health Services offering behavioral health services for the Kansas City Northland community. Prevention, assessment and treatment services for individuals and families throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties of Missouri.

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Local Youth Leaders Sought for Girl Power Leadership Academy

Girls in 6th through 8th grades with leadership qualities from Clay, Platte and Ray counties are invited to attend a Girl Power Leadership Academy April 7-8.

The academy, which is sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc., (TCMHS) will be held at Three Trail Camp & Retreat Center, 16200 E. US Highway 40, Kansas City. The overnight event will be supervised by prevention specialist staff from TCMHS. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. April 7 and conclude at noon on April 8.

Students who have never before attended the academy from public and private schools, as well as girls who are home-schooled, are eligible to attend.

A registration fee of $30 payable to Tri-County Mental Health Services covers meals, activities and materials. Some limited scholarships are available.

Well-known community educator Trish Madsen will present the keynote presentation “Female Empowerment” before the young leaders participate in casual, interactive workshops and small group activities focused on resiliency, coping skills, self-esteem, self-defense, mindfulness and effective communication.

Girl Power is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services “Safe Passages” initiative and is designed to support children in addressing the challenges of adolescence with the goal of increasing self-esteem and positive life choices by instilling self-confidence and resilience in young women.

TCMH staff will assist the students with the academy activities and workshops, but each student is requested to have a school sponsor sign her academy application who will agree to provide additional assistance for the school project that will be determined during the event.

For Girl Power Leadership Academy applications or additional information contact Kelsey Prather, youth prevention specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services, at (816) 877-0496 or

24-Hour Emergency Crisis Line 1-888-279-8188 (TTY or Voice: 1-800-380-3323)

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