Take a look at Washburn Center's recent news.

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

IRA Charitable Rollover Permanently Extended

Just in time for your year-end giving, The Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 was signed into law.

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.

Washburn Center is partnering with Bachman’s Floral and Garden this holiday season!

Take a self-guided tour of Bachman’s Ideas House or join us for a fun and festive cocoa mug arrangement!

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.

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.

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.

Paving The Way

Honor a loved one or highlight your personal commitment to children’s mental health through a commemorative paver, bench or tree. The engraved paver stone or bench/tree plaque will showcase your passion for helping children reach their potential and leave a lasting legacy. Washburn Center for Children’s new state-of-the-art facility will feature lush vegetation, rain gardens… Read more »

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.

Gov. Proclaims May 8 “Washburn Center for Children Day”

“Washburn Center for Children should be recognized for its expert therapeutic care and its impressive 131-year history of helping Minneapolis children grow into healthy adults,” proclaimed Mayor Betsy Hodges. Both Mayor Hodges and Gov. Dayton declared May 8 as “Washburn Center for Children Day” in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Gov. Dayton… Read more »

Washburn’s School-based Program to Expand

Across Hennepin County, students in 18 schools currently have convenient access to Washburn’s therapeutic services in their schools. A renewed five-year grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services provides $1.4 million to the program, allowing Washburn to expand to 22 schools in 2014. School-based services help children like 10-year-old Amanda, whose emotional and behavioral… Read more »

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 »

Thank you for Giving to the Max!

Children’s Mental Health is Community Health Washburn is grateful and inspired by the outpouring of generosity on Give to the Max Day. More than $30,000 was raised in support of Washburn’s mission on November 14. Statewide, over $17 million was donated to thousands of Minnesota nonprofits and schools. Thank you for supporting Washburn and helping children have a… Read more »

Groundbreaking Celebration

Enthusiasm and anticipation were the hallmark of the community groundbreaking celebration for Washburn Center for Children’s new facility on August 13. More than 300 community members gathered for this exciting milestone in Washburn’s 130-year history. The groundbreaking received media coverage by MPR, WCCO TV, Star Tribune, KARE 11, and KSTP – illustrating the importance of… Read more »

Washburn Named Top Workplace for Third Consecutive Year

For a third consecutive year, Washburn Center for Children was selected as a Top Workplace by the StarTribune. Top workplaces were honored in a special StarTribune section printed June 16. Washburn placed 36th in the small business category, with more than 1,900 organizations participating in the survey. The StarTribune’s Top Workplaces were selected from the results of… 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 »

Proposed Legislation Will Increase Access to Mental Health Services Through Schools

One out of five children struggle with mental health challenges – but only 20% get the help they need. Children may have an easier time accessing mental health services thanks to the Mental Health in Schools Act currently being discussed by Congress. “Healthy kids grow into healthy adults, and if we’re able to catch 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 »