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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.
Better Choices. Brighter Futures.                                 March 2018
YSB Classes and Events
The Top Secret Project is a unique program designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards of teenagers related to drug and alcohol use, disordered eating, self-harm, and criminal activity that can often be found in plain sight.

The presentation includes looking at items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there’s a problem.

Hosted by: 
Stillwater High School

in partnership with YSB and Hazelden Betty Ford


Learn how brain development causes us to be hooked to our phones – by literally re-wiring our brains!

Learn to recognize how much time spent on our smartphones pulls us away from other healthy habits – and the impact it has on our physical and emotional well-being!

Audience will be in two groups:
  • Parents of Middle & High School Youth

  • Students, grades 6-12

Weds, March 7th

Do your teens or preteens struggle with anxiety – or stress?

Learn the difference between the two, how to recognize signs, and explore ways to help teens manage their stress both in and out of school.
OPEN TO parents and youth, ages Middle School and up!

Tues, April 3rd
Hosted by: 
Sponsored by:
Cottage Grove Lions Club
Award-winning documentary probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the directors own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientist solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Coming Soon!
Mental Health Day at the State Capitol
Thursday, March 15
Every year mental health advocates from across the state come to St. Paul to raise their voices and advocate for the policies that will improve the lives of people with a mental illness.

This is one of the most important events of the entire year for mental health advocacy in Minnesota.

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For MORE INFO on:  
  • Parenting tips & tools
  • Social Media
  • Bullying
  • Emotional Health
  • Chemical Health
  • Healthy Relationships

YSB Chemical Prevention Specialists present in local schools - educating youth about setting limits and  alternative strategies to drinking caffeine for 'energy'.
There are potential benefits to drinking caffeine. It may boost memory or increase alertness. There are also potential negatives, especially in youth.

Caffeine may produce mild symptoms like restlessness, an increased heart rate, and insomnia. New research shows the relationship between heavy caffeine consumption from energy drinks in high school students and drug use.

Due to the developing adolescent brain and its reward-center, early caffeine use may prime the brain for later drug use.* The brain becomes used to the levels and begins to crave more of the stimulant, ultimately leading to higher dosage or other sources for a heightened effect.
Join Us!


YSB Welcomes Keynote: Dr. Lee!
"As the medical director for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's youth services, Dr. Lee is Hazelden's thought leader on matters related to youth, addiction, families, and mental health."

A triple-boarded physician, he completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at Duke University Hospital and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Substance Abuse Committee.

Dr. Lee's experience with families from across the country and abroad provide him with an unparalleled perspective on emerging drug trends, co-occurring mental health conditions, and the ever-changing culture of addiction.
Given his unique degree of specialization and powerful messaging, Dr. Lee has been featured in numerous media venues and national academic conferences alike. He is the author of Recovering My Kid: Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond, which provides an honest guide for parental leadership in times of crisis.
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Thanks To Current Sponsors:

Thrivent Members Support YSB
Support YSB through Thrivent Matching Dollars ~
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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).
Thank you for "Living Generously"
Better Choices. Brighter Futures.

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Stillwater, MN 55082

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