Helping youth and families learn the skills they need to be more successful at home, in school and throughout the community.
Better Choices. Brighter Futures. February 2018
They Can Co-Exist!
Social Media is a fast-past, dynamic environment for quick chats, long distance video calls, sending images, sharing fun videos and much more.
Quite often, however, these convenient apps can result in cyberbullying, sharing of innappropriate content, or even 'just' arguments over phone use.
Responsible Social Media Use
At the suggestion of YSB’s referring parties (local law enforcement, school resource officers, and parents) YSB has created a new *Responsible Social Media Use* program! RSMU is designed to help youth who are struggling to use social media in a healthy way. Sessions are confidential and tailored to each family's unique needs.
Parents often wonder:
YSB is here to help you understand and address these concerns:
- Are my kids making safe choices online?
- Who are they chatting with?
- Which apps show the location of users?
- How do I know when to be concerned about my child's phone use, or other behaviors?
Know someone facing difficult times?
YSB is only a call or click away at ysb.net
Juvenile Sex Trafficking - Washington County's Response
By: Peter Orput, Washington County Attorney, YSB Supporter and Guest Author
The selling of girls and boys for sex has been around for millennia. This egregious scourge, however, has become far more common in the past several years to the point where it seems to be occurring frequently and everywhere.
The statistics are indeed frightening: 1 in 3 runaway children are lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of running away. The average age of entry into prostitution is 12 to 14 years old. Estimates put 1.2 million children being trafficked each year.
How to Learn More - or REPORT Concerns?
If there appears to be imminent or immediate danger,
The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Washington County Attorney's Office, has set up a tip line to report any human/sex trafficking information. You may remain anonymous.
Trafficking Tip Line: 651-430-7825
D833 Health and Wellness Night
"An evening of music, messaging designed to focus on wellness and resiliency in our communities."
Including Breakout session by YSB Youth & Family Therapist, Mike Huntley, M.A., LP!
Thrivent Members Support YSB
Support YSB through Thrivent Matching Dollars ~ It's Easy!
Thrivent Financial – 2017 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2018.
If you have insurance or investments through Thrivent Financial, you may have Choice Dollars that you can direct to YSB. This provides important support for our work (and costs you nothing!). If you designated these funds in the past (which many of you already do and THANK YOU!!) please know that you must
do it every year. There are two easy options for directing Choice Dollars, either online or by phone at 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” at the prompt. Questions? Please contact a representative from the Member Connection Center (800-847-4836).
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Youth Service Bureau, Inc.
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN 55082