July 2, 2012
The Herd Racing crew will visit with the youth at the Family Links youth emergency shelter during the team's visit to the Steel City for the 34th Annual EQT Three Rivers Regatta July 2-4, 2012.
The team will share time with the youth, ages 13-18, who live in one of the organization's may YES homes scattered throughout the Pittsburgh area. The race team members will meet with the youth in an effort to provide a message of inspiration and encouragement to the youth.
The Family Links YES homes provide a safe, temporary place for troubled of abused teens to stay. During their stay, the teens receive counseling, drug, alcohol and mental health counseling and therapy, as well as being taught cultural enrichment activities, independent living skills and schooling.
Youth are referred to the shelters by Allegheny and surrounding county Children, Youth and Family Services or the juvenile justice system. They may either be court-ordered or placed through a voluntary agreement signed by their parents or guardian.