GRASONVILLE — Kent Youth of Chestertown, which funds initiatives to serve at-risk youth, awarded a $9,700 grant to Grasonville-based Talisman Therapeutic Riding to work with at-risk youth from across the Eastern Shore.
Bets Durham, Kent Youth board president, said the board was impressed by Talisman’s TT Riding for At-Risk Youth program. “It just fit so well with our mission to help youth either at risk of adjudication or underserved,” Durham said.
“We are delighted to receive the grant, especially from an organization so highly regarded for their work like Kent Youth,” said Talisman founder and CEO Anne Joyner. “We expect to match the grant from donations by our donors and double the number of youths served.”
Talisman provides equine-assisted activities and learning to youth and adults with physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral conditions.
Joyner described Talisman’s approach to at-risk youth as two-fold: youth who are being bullied and youth who are doing the bullying.
“We teach risk and consequences and respect in the hope it leads to better life and career choices,” she said.
In fact, noted Joyner, “Some of the program participants are pursuing equine studies and agricultural farm work.”