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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.
October 2016           Better Choices. BRIGHTER FUTURES.
Upcoming Events

School Transitions

Monday, October 10th 6:30-8:30pm

District 622 Ed. Center

Log-On to Social Media, Part 2:
What Parents Need to Know about Sexting
& CyberBullying
Tuesday, October 18th 6:30-8:00pm

East Ridge High School
Register here

Raising Resilient Children

Wednesday, Nov. 16th


at First Presbyterian Church
Shop to Suppport
YSB is excited
to partner with
Moms of Stillwater

as they release their new merchandise line!

This wonderful group has been a local resource
to St. Croix Valley
parents for years and have always been strong supporters of YSB.
Now, when you shop at their online Etsy store,
a portion of proceeds will be donated to YSB!
Thanks to
Moms of Stillwater
for their support and
be sure to check out their
Etsy store!


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  • Bullying
  • Emotional Health
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  • Healthy Relationships
24/7 Support

1-888-628-9454 for Spanish-speaking callers

Canvas Health 24-hour Crisis Connection:

The Trevor Project 
focuses on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, providing an accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline.
For Schools

Know Your Classmates

"is an exciting back-to-school initiative brought to you by Beyond Differences -- and free of charge --
for any school across the country to use this school year.

Know Your Classmates is designed to support you and your students, primarily middle schoolers, as they explore issues of self-identity, stereotypes and embracing differences among one another."
Fear. Isolation. Embarrassment. Hurt.
Memories of intense emotions like these,
and more, often come flooding back to adults
as the young people in their lives face a
new generation of bullies.

But often, the good intentions of adults telling a kid to "just ignore it", or running out to fix it for them, doesn't always have the meaningful effect intended.

That's because, even though many of the feelings are the same, the game has changed. Bullies at school, in the community and online, make it nearly impossible to get a break from the stress and pain of the negative self-image some bullies work so hard to perpetuate. Feeling "trapped" and "desperate" become all too real outcomes.       

NO ONE deserves to be bullied.
And no one should have to face it alone.

We encourage you to utilize the free online resources below- and to SHARE these resources with others- to help build kids back up! 

And in addition to many upcoming Parent Education events, YSB also offers "Creative Response to Conflict" and "Bullying Awareness" programs, as well as counseling for youth. We're only a call
- or click- away, at                                                             

Basic Safety & Social Needs Impact "Self-Actualization"
We've come to widely recognize that it is difficult for a child to learn while hungry.
In the same way, we know that bullying, in ALL forms, also hinders youths' opportunities to reach their full potential. Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" can help us understand why.

Basic human needs are so much more than food, water and air! Personal Safety, Social Acceptance and Self-Esteem impact a person's motivation, acheivement, and ability to be their best.

Bullying: What it is and What You Can Do
By: Crystal Gentry, LSC, District Homeless Liaison, South Washington County School District as shared through Washington County’s CONNECT Collaborative
One of the most common and complicated aspects regarding bullying is what exactly is bullying? As a school counselor, I hear the word “bully” get used a lot, but it is important to recognize the difference between bullying and conflict.
Here are key elements of both, and steps to take when your child has been involved in bullying.
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Challenging Negative Self-Talk
Presented by: Reach Out USA
When you feel down, it is likely that you’re hard on yourself, and you might criticize and judge yourself unfairly. The worse you feel, the more negative your self-talk is likely to become. It can harm your self- esteem and can also make us behave in a self- defeating way.

It can be helpful to put a
more positive perspective
on things. For example,
challenge your self-talk by imagining it's a friend in your situation and reframe it based on what you'd say to them. We're often nicer to friends than we are to ourselves!
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"You're NOT Alone"
Teens' Stories and Online Support

Presented by: Teens Against Bullying
Pacer Center

Think about what it means to feel all alone, to believe that no one cares, to think that there is no way to change what is happening.
When everyone around you looks the other way, ignores you, and maybe even sides with the person hurting you, it’s hard to believe in yourself.
Imagine how all that can be different. Imagine during those times when you feel broken, that someone is there for you. It doesn’t take away all the hurt, but hope is a powerful medicine for pain.

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The support is meaningful. It can take someone from feeling hopeless to feeling valued and respected.

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Presented by: Help Guide, in collaboration with Harvard Health Publications

Technology means that bullying is no longer limited to schoolyards or street corners. Cyberbullying can occur anywhere, even at home, via email, texts, cell phones, and social media websites 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with potentially hundreds of people involved.
For those who suffer cyberbullying, the effects can be devastating, leaving you feeling hurt, humiliated, angry, depressed, or even suicidal.
But no type of bullying should ever be tolerated. These tips can help you protect yourself or your child online and deal with the growing problem of cyberbullying.
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