Program Overview

KARA has partnered with a leading mental health company, Praestan Health, to provide at risk youth free access to a  digital and coaching mental health and wellbeing program for at-risk youth for a period of at least one year to youth struggling with trauma and other mental health issues. Homeless & LGBTQ youth, foster children, and youth in juvenile justice will be given preference for this project.

This three-part program is app based and self-learning (a form of artificial intelligence, it knows the user) and includes unlimited telemedicine coaching with access to clinical visits (it is designed to manage most client issues without clinic visits) and provides immediate 24/7 service avoiding travel and waiting for clinic visits (especially in this time of COVID).

This program will begin in the first quarter 2021 and will roll out as funding is available.

Learn more about the Portages App for Youth program. Portages for Kids At Risk Description


Partner Organizations

If your organization serves youth ages 13-23 in Minnesota with English proficiency or access to translation services and you’d like to be considered for this program, please complete this questionnaire. If you have further questions, please email

If you are a youth ages 13 – 23, living in Minnesota and would like more information about getting connected to this service, please complete this form.


Support Youth Mental Health in Minnesota

If you would like to help build KARA’s fund for this program, please DONATE HERE With Pilot Program Donation in the Message Area.


Learn more about the current adult version of the Portages app which will serve as a model for the youth version.