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Tahoe Youth & Family Services celebrates 30 years

For 30 years, Tahoe Youth & Family Services has offered counseling, education and support programs for troubled youth.

“Originally, it was Tahoe Human Services and they used to counsel adults and children,” said Teri Mundt, who stepped down today after 13 years as executive director. “We decided to focus on teens and preteens and we got to be really good at that.

“I don’t think you can do kids on the side,” Mundt said. “I think having that kind of a focus has kept us current with the issues surrounding teen-agers. We know what these kids are up to.”

Services provided by Tahoe Youth include individual, family and group counseling. Substance abuse counselors provide outpatient prevention, intervention, treatment and after-care services.

The agency also heads up youth support groups at South Lake Tahoe schools and trains peer counselors to do outreach and referrals.

“We spend a lot of time at the middle school and the high school working with at-risk kids,” Mundt said. “We’re focused on preventing suicidal and homicidal behaviors, the Columbine-type incident.”

Bicultural and bilingual counselors help work with runaways and homeless youth, finding temporary shelter, food, transportation and offering family reunification services.

“We’re always looking for mentors for our mentor program and foster parents for our temporary shelter,” said Nichole Loftis, the agency’s new executive director.

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