Youth development organization Starr Commonwealth of Albion recently agreed to work with a national organization to help bolster its services in helping at risk youth get back on track to productive lives.

Starr CEO Martin Mitchell tells The Richard Piet Show on WBCK his organization can use the boost the collaboration will provide.

"We've just not been receiving the number of referrals that would be necessary to support what is really a 225 bed residential facility," Mitchell said. "We've been running at about 150 young people."

Mitchell said the majority, about 110, of those are from Michigan. He expects the collaboration will bring more out-of-state residents to Starr Commonwealth.

Additionally, overall Mitchell said, the organization has been developing an outreach approach, reaching young people in their own environments more and more, rather than solely depending on those in the residential program exclusively.

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