Programs Funded by BASC

January - December 2022

BASC provides funding for community-based programs that align with two Board-established priority areas: Mental Health and Educational Success.  In 2022, over $235,000 was awarded. We appreciate the efforts of each of these partner organizations.

A Supportive Hug

SAFE-FIT Parenting Support

BASC fully funds this therapeutic parent education and support group.  SAFE-FIT serves at-risk families with at least one child under age nine who are involved in a Child Protective Services case. Led by licensed parent educator and mental health service provider, the program provides free transportation and childcare at no charge to participants. The format is open for new clients to start at any time.  Families are referred primarily by Beltrami County case managers.

Social Emotional Learning for Head Start

With the help of BASC funding, nine Head Start classrooms of 124 children and staff engaged in 15 lessons focused on Social Emotional Learning. Twice a month, Peacemaker Resources facilitated age-appropriate experiences for these pre-school students in Kelliher, Bemidji, and Blackduck.

Info Central

BASC funds a half-time staff position to update Community Resources Connections’ service directories for Beltrami County, Leech Lake and Red Lake.  This resource is the most comprehensive service directory in our area and needs regular updates to provide solid information to those seeking assistance.

Equine-Assisted Learning

BASC provided the funding for Bemidji Area Boys and Girls Club members in grades 6 through 12 to participate in Equine-Assisted Learning sessions during the summer of 2022. Eagle Vista Ranch & Wellness Center helps individuals gain self-confidence, trust, responsibility, and explore their future through the use of horses.

Law Enforcement Relationship Building

BASC funds weekly law enforcement visits with Club members grades 1 through 12 to foster relationships. Officers play games, share snacks, converse and get to know Club members.

Special Education Children’s Therapeutic Supports and Services

BASC funds Children’s Therapeutic Supports and Services for elementary, middle school, high school and alternative school special education students, where needs are identified.

Family Support Services

BASC partially funds the work of Evergreen’s Family Support Specialist, who provides coaching to families who are experiencing conflict or crises. Annually around 124 families access this service - provided at no cost to them.

Crisis Shelter and Services

BASC supports Crisis Shelter Stays and Services for at-risk youth who are in crisis but do not have a County Case Manager. Youth may be experiencing chemical or mental health issues; they may be overwhelming parent or guardian's behavior management abilities; or they may be exhibiting other behaviors that threaten their healthy development. 

School Interventionist

BASC partially funds a School Interventionist position that serves the educational, behavioral and counseling needs of their district’s K-12 students.

School-Linked Mental Health

BASC provides support for school-linked mental health for students within the school building, removing the transportation barrier that many families face. North Homes serves a number of area schools.

Home School Liaison

BASC partially funds a Red Lake Schools staff position to support homeless families with children in the pre-K through 12th grade.

Blackduck School-Linked Mental Health

BASC provides support for Blackduck students to receive mental health services within the school building, removing the transportation barrier that many families face. 

Kelliher School-Linked Mental Health

BASC provides support for Kelliher students to receive mental health services within the school building, removing the transportation barrier that many families face.