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National Runaway Prevention Month: Join us!

Please join us during National Runaway Prevention Month! Each November, Project Oz partners with the National Runaway Safeline (1800runaway.org) to recognize National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). It is a chance to let the 4.2 million young people in the United States who experience some form of homelessness each year know that we see them, and… Continue Reading

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Fall 2022: Back-To-School News

At Project Oz, we are welcoming the energy and excitement of the new school year and changing seasons! Read on to learn about program updates and upcoming community events. Help Stock Our New “Give Back Box” Project Oz is helping reduce food insecurity in our West Bloomington neighborhood by hosting a new “Give Back Box”… Continue Reading

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Spring 2021 Update

There are always new things happening at Oz! Thanks to our amazing staff, partners, and supporters, we are helping more young people than ever. Read on for a round-up of recent Project Oz news. Building Equity and Expanding Restorative Practices Through a Healing Illinois grant, our Youth Empowered Schools (YES) program has been promoting dialogue… Continue Reading

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Project Oz Employment News!

WE’RE GROWING… AND ADDING TO OUR FANTASTIC TEAM! Youth and Family Specialist (serving dual counties) Project Oz has a full-time opening for a Youth and Family Specialist to provide day-to-day case management, life skills training, street outreach, counseling, and crisis intervention to individuals between the ages of 10 and 24 who are in Livingston and… Continue Reading

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Project Oz Fall News and Updates

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Did you know that 17% of McLean County 10th graders and 15% of 12th graders report that they seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months? The NAMI Ending the Silence program, presented locally by Project Oz in collaboration with NAMI Mid Central Illinois, brings in-school mental health… Continue Reading

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November is National Runaway Prevention Month!

November is National Runaway Prevention Month! Dear Friends of Oz, Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with troubling news stories? We know that feeling. But, every week something good is happening at Project Oz. Through our programs more kids are reaching out for help with mental health concerns, making good choices about alcohol and other drugs,… Continue Reading

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Project Oz in the News!

Exciting developments and news are happening at Project Oz so fast, it’s hard to keep up! Below are the highlights of the last several months. Please sign up for our newsletter HERE so you don’t miss any future news. PETER RANKAITIS RETIRES AND WELCOMES OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LISA THOMPSON As Project Oz celebrates its… Continue Reading

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Walking For Project Oz

Nathan Henthorn will walk the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail beginning March 18, 2018 at the southern tip near San Diego, CA, and ending at the northern tip at the Canadian border. Along the way, he plans to raise awareness for the plight of homeless and runaway youth, and raise money for Project Oz to… Continue Reading

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Thanks For Making #GivingTuesday 2017 A Success!

We are awed and thankful for the generosity our supporters have shown on #GivingTuesday. We received over $4,000 in total donations before funds are matched from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The contributions received will translate into helping improve the lives of youth in need of homes, and guidance, in our community. Our Facebook… Continue Reading

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How to Help on #GivingTuesday

Dear Friends: We are asking for your support on Tuesday, November 28th! Double your impact by visiting our Facebook page and making a donation between 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m, CST. Every donation made on #GivingTuesday will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation! Proceeds to this campaign will help local homeless & runaway… Continue Reading

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