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Helping youth and families learn the skills they need to be more successful at home, in school and throughout the community.
April 2017                        Better Choices. Brighter Futures.
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Funds raised towards our expansion campaign will receive a 1:1 match from Otto Bremer Trust!
Upcoming Events
Oak-Land Jr. High
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
This free, interactive seminar for parents, caregivers AND their teens is open to families
enrolled at Oak-Land and
Stillwater Jr. Highs.
Presented by:
Julia Geigle, YSB Chemical Health Specialist
Key Topics:
  • Brain development and the effect of substance use

  • Substance use trends in Stillwater Area Schools

  • Parent tools to prevent & reduce youth substance use

  • How to help your teen develop a strong personal mindset as it relates to substance use

YSB and SoWashCo Community Education present a Support Group series for Parents & Caregivers of Elementary & Middle School aged youth!
 Wednesday, April 12th

Cottage Grove Middle School
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Are they complaining of stomach aches or other issues and becoming
fearful of everyday activities?
Learn the difference between anxiety and stress, how to recognize signs, and explore ways to help kids manage their stress both in and out of school.
Attend by emailing Mary Meier at
(Include name and phone)
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YSB's Mission and Programs
Every family needs help from time to time. 
YSB exists to make sure youth and families never have to face life's challenges alone.
From E-cigs, Stimulants, Synthetic Drugs and more - the temptations and pressures which teens face expand and evolve.
The risk of developing a substance use disorder decreases with each year substance use is
delayed during adolescence.
YSB strengthens teens' abilities to make positive choices and informed decisions about their health.

We provide facts and practical strategies to start difficult conversations with your kids. YSB has expert staff to support you when needed.

Our School-Based Chemical Health Services will expand beyond District 834 into ISD 622 and 833 through our $1.1 million capital expansion campaign! We are growing in size - and growing our ability to meet the critical needs of children, teens, and their caring adults across Washington County!
Remember, you never have to face the challenges of raising teens alone.

  YSB is only a call, or click away, at
Youth & Marijuana
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10 Tips to Prevent Teen
Chemical Use

By: Julia Geigle, M.S.W, LGSW, CPP
YSB Chemical Health Specialist - School District 834
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As parents, we want our children to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives. We know that alcohol and other drug use can be a barrier to children transitioning successfully into adulthood.

So what can we do to prevent our kids from using drugs?

There is no sure-fire way to ensure our kids will never touch a drug in their teen years – or even in their lifetime. However, here are 10 things parents and caregivers CAN do that have been shown to minimize that worrisome possibility:
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Real Stories from YSB
Rachel, a former youth client, reached out to YSB staff recently. As a high-schooler, she was referred to YSB to address her use of alcohol. Today she shares,

"For me, getting friends meant doing the things they were doing. I had my first cigarette, my first drink, and my first high at the age of 13 and things only progressed from there. You never really think you’re going to become an addict or an alcoholic until that drug or drink takes ahold of you and doesn’t let you go."
She requested to volunteer with YSB because she wanted to help other youth avoid what she went through.
"The road for me wasn’t easy and there were a lot of bumps. As my sobriety grew, I knew I had to give back. I had a positive experience with the Youth Service Bureau and thought if I could volunteer and talk to youth about my experiences I could save even just one person from making the mistakes I made."

She now speaks to participants in our Chemical Awareness classes - sharing her experiences and message of hope with teens facing similar challenges and behaviors.
"Being sober is the hardest path I'm ever going to walk on but it's more than worth it."

YSB is expanding our school-based Chemical Health services in Districts 834, 833 and 622.
Visit to learn more and support this important work.
Better Choices. Brighter Futures.

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Youth Service Bureau, Inc.
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN 55082

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