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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.
December 2016           Better Choices. BRIGHTER FUTURES.
YSB's Mission and Programs
Every family needs help from time to time-
and YSB ensures youth and families never have to face life's challenges alone!
Shop to Suppport
Kowalski's offers "Groceries for Good Causes"
When you shop at Kowalskis'
Oak Park Heights and Woodbury locations
look for the "Good Causes" boxes near the exit.

in the box labeled YSB*

and you're done!

Every receipt translates into a donation to YSB- regardless of the amount- and at no additional cost to you!

YSB is excited
to partner with
Moms of Stillwater

as they release their new merchandise line!
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!


More Community Resources
United Way's
Community Help Line

offers free, confidential information on: Housing, Energy Assistance, Food, Health Services, and more!
For 24/7 support dial 2-1-1 or

 Stone Soup Thrift Shop
in St. Paul Park, MN
"Provides access to quality used clothes, household items and furniture in a convenient and dignified manner"

Friends in Need
Community Food Shelf
Serving the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport,
St. Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island.

Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf
 Serving the communities of Oakdale, Woodbury, Landfall and southern Maplewood.

Valley Outreach
Food, Clothing, Emergency Assistance
Serving families in the
Saint Croix Valley.

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

If you are a student in school,
an extended vacation can feel like a MAGICAL time of the year!
But as many parents know, they are often also riddled with arguing siblings, even more messes around the house, busy travel plans and ... the dreaded battle about appropriate limits of screen time.
So in this joyous but often hectic season,
YSB endeavors to help you THRIVE-
not just survive- the holidays!
We send you our best wishes for your winter vacation and the rapidly approaching 2017! 

And if you or a loved one are in need of support, remember we're only a call- or click - away at

Thriving through the Holidays
By: Marla Olson
YSB Board Member and retired School Psychologist, Stillwater Area Public Schools

The holidays are fast approaching; and with them the joy and the stress they bring!

Some years it seems the joy diminishes and the stress increases as the busy-ness of the times get in the way of the family fun.  Here are some thoughts on increasing the joy and decreasing the stress, including "Focusing on Connection, Not Perfection" and more great tips!
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Directing Interests into Skills!
Worried that time away from school creates too much passive screen time for your kids and teens?

Why not save you, and your kids, the battle- and direct that interest, talent and time into fun and educational Coding apps that "can help kids develop vital problem-solving and critical-thinking skills." 
Check out the WIDE range of cool Coding apps and websites for kids and teens, put together by Common Sense Media.
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Beat the Cold Weather Blues!
By: Emily Johnson
YSB Youth & Family Therapist
Another great way to thrive over Winter Break is to get active
Kids and families get stir crazy over extended breaks.  Take walks, go sledding or snow shoeing, go to an indoor water park, walk around the mall or a museum, have a dance party, do a workout together.
Here are some local options to consider:
including Oakdale's Discovery Center
$2.00 Bowling, Sun - Fri: 12pm - 5pm

smART pass: the arts access program available exclusively to metro public library users! If you have a library card from one of the eight public library systems in the Twin Cities, you have the opportunity to reserve free and/or discounted admission to a wide range of arts experiences!
Wishing you a FUN and ADVENTUROUS holiday!
YSB Board of Directors Updates
Jennifer Wallen
YSB Board President and Director of Contracts & Administration, ICF Internation 

2016 has been an exciting year for YSB! We’ve hired a new Executive Director, we’ve implemented time-saving tools, and we’ve launched a successful Program Expansion Campaign.  Along the way, we’ve been supported by amazing people on our Board of Directors some of whom are ending their terms in December:  Marla Olson, Sue Harris, and Jules Erickson.  I want to thank each of them for their service and their valuable contributions to YSB.

I would also like to welcome YSB’s new Board members Deb Steiner, John Hart, and Shawna Day.  Thank you for your willingness to be a part of this great organization!

Jennifer Wallen, who has served for 2 years as Chair of the Youth Service Bureau Board of Directors, will step down in December and her successor will be elected at the next meeting of the Board on December 13th.  

“All of us deeply appreciate Jennifer’s service as Board Chair," said YSB Executive Director Bob Sherman.  “We’re very pleased that she will stay on the Board; her experience and ongoing guidance are greatly appreciated."  

Please join us in thanking our wonderful Board of Directors as they help YSB forge ahead into another 40 years of building brighter futures!
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