Mankato Area Healthy Youth was an organization in the Mankato area for about 15 years that was dedicated to the same efforts as Youth Voice. Due to the economic decline, many agencies were no longer able to support MAHY and the organization dissipated, Stanton said.
“Youth Voice rose up to take the place of Mankato Area Healthy Youth,” Stanton said.
The organization received $75,000 in funding for its first year from the Otto Bremer Foundation and $125,000 for each of two subsequent years.
“Our big goal was to make Greater Mankato the very best place for youth to grow up and live,” Stanton said. “With that goal in place, we put together the Youth Voice project.”