News

Take a look at Washburn Center's recent news.


Mental health is critical to students’ academic success

In fourth grade, Markos started to struggle socially with his classmates. His once easy friendships became strained with fear and behavioral outbursts.


A response to tragic shootings

Washburn Center for Children is deeply devastated by the recent shootings which have traumatized our local communities and our country. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the families of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philandro Castile in St. Paul – two fathers, two African-American men who were killed by police officers in front of their children.


Providing Children the Tools They Need to Succeed

Washburn Center for Children invites you to help children start the school year prepared to learn by donating back-to-school supplies.


A message from Washburn Center

Washburn Center for Children is deeply saddened by the horrific act of terrorism in Orlando Florida, which resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in US History.


May Is Mental Health Month

Washburn Center for Children helps kids who are overwhelmed by sadness, anger or anxiety — and we know having a healthy self-esteem is vital to their emotional well-being. Nurturing healthy self-esteem contributes to feeling valued and positive social behavior.


Research Highlights Washburn Center’s Impact on Children

A new report released by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota shows that Washburn Center “has a significant impact on the well-being of children in Minnesota.”


Washburn Center’s Board of Trustees announces leadership transition

Washburn Center for Children announces the future retirement of Steve Lepinski, long-time Chief Executive Officer, and the selection of Tom Steinmetz as the new CEO, effective March 2017


The recent events in our community

At Washburn Center for Children, we understand the tragic death of Jamar Clark and escalating events in North Minneapolis have deeply impacted the children we serve, their families, our community partners and the greater community


Washburn Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary

During this holiday season – and as Washburn Center celebrates the first anniversary of our new building – we pause to reflect how grateful we are for our many supporters.


Youth Making a Difference

Simone and Eliana Pierotti lead the way on an inspiring endeavor ­—youth philanthropy.


Washburn Center for Children Achieves Gold

In June 2015, Washburn Center for Children’s new facility received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.


Healthy Snacks Drive

Washburn Center for Children invites you to help fuel the bodies of young children who are working to restore their mental wellness.


Building Bridges and Cross Cultural Competencies

It takes a certain kind of person to work day in and day out with children and families who are struggling. Add cultural differences as well as language based communication barriers and you have situations that can be challenging on every level. Liz Franklin, LICSW, is one of those people


Washburn Center Celebrates Grand Opening of New Facility

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Washburn Center’s new facility located on Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis.


Spreading Cheer this Holiday Season

With the support of the community over 525 kiddos served at Washburn Center were provided with gifts this holiday season.


Washburn Center One of 20 Top Nonprofits in Minnesota

Washburn Center was recently selected as one of 20 top nonprofits in Minnesota working to support the education of at-risk youth.


Washburn Center Highlighted in MSP Magazine

MSP Magazine features Washburn Center for Children in an eight page spread in the June issue.


Washburn Named a Top Children’s Charity by Theravive

Washburn was recently named as a “Top 10 Children’s Charities in North America” by Theravive, a network of independent counselors/clinics throughout North America.


Washburn Selected as Cities 97 Sampler Charitable Recipient

Washburn Center for Children is excited to announce that we have been selected as one of the non-profit organizations to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Cities 97 Sampler Volume 25. Washburn will use the Sampler funding to provide healing therapeutic services to children that will teach them skills and… Read more »


Washburn Donors Believe in the Long-term Impact of Early Intervention

Behind the sweet demeanor of Walt and Dede Hanson is a deep-seeded desire to help children in need. The pair is no stranger to helping children succeed. Dede was an early childhood educator, and Walt has supported numerous children’s initiatives through the Rotary Club. Most recently, the Hansons established a charitable annuity with Washburn as… Read more »


Welcoming the 2013-2014 Patricia L. Klibanoff Fellow

Washburn Center is excited to announce the 2013 – 2014 Patricia L. Klibanoff Fellow: Dr. Kelly Thon, who recently earned her Psy.D. from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. Much like the late Pat Klibanoff, Dr. Thon has devoted her career to helping children and families lead successful lives…. Read more »


Washburn Receives Accreditation from American Psychological Association

Washburn Center for Children’s commitment to training the next generation of child clinicians has reached an exciting, new milestone. The agency’s doctoral internship program recently received accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA), the largest professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA accreditation is the “gold standard” for doctoral level clinical internship programs. The two-year accreditation process requires… Read more »


Chief Operating Officer Speaks at National Conference

Tom Steinmetz, Washburn’s program director and chief operating officer, was a guest speaker at the National Council on Community Behavioral Health Conference, held in Las Vegas in early April. Steinmetz was invited to speak about Washburn’s implementation of a data-driven, performance-based clinician compensation model. Since its inception, the model has dramatically improved Washburn’s budgeting accuracy and… Read more »


Washburn Recognized for Bold Efforts

Responsive. Innovative. Bold. These words were used to describe Washburn when the agency was honored as the nonprofit winner of the Bold Awards, hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth Minnesota (ACG MN). Inspired by Washburn’s mission, attendees at ACG’s February 26 event chose Washburn out of five bold winners to receive the “Boldest of the Bold” Award,… Read more »


Washburn Trustee Honored with CRAVE Cares Award

Washburn congratulates Mike Brennan, a 2013 recipient of the CRAVE Cares “Heart of the Event” award! The award, sponsored by CRAVE and Minnesota Monthly, recognized six local volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty and highlighted their efforts in the February issue of Minnesota Monthly. Mike, Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President… Read more »


WCCO Stories: The Many Faces of Washburn

One out of five Minnesota children will experience mental health challenges at some point, yet only 20% of these children will get the professional help they need. Washburn is excited to partner with WCCO television to give voice to the critical community issue of children’s mental health. WCCO will highlight some of the many faces… Read more »