YSB’s Community Programs Receive Community Support!

YSB Welcomes TJ Maxx/Home Store to Cottage Grove – and receives $10,000 for our “awesome community service!”

Many thanks to Jon Rose, Store Manager, and Myron Bailey, Mayor of Cottage Grove and YSB Board Member, for their efforts that brought 120 jobs (and counting!) to the community!

A cold and rainy day did not deter the shoppers and supporters – thanks again to TJ Maxx/Home Store for supporting YSB – we are able to do the work we do because of funding like this!


Photo includes Myron Bailey- Cottage Grove Mayor and YSB Board Member, Andree Aronson – YSB Development Director and Jon Rose, Store Manager



Welcome to Cottage Grove, TJ Maxx and Home Goods!

Will of Women supports YSB!

YSB was one of three local non-profits that received funding from WOW
(Will of Women) this year. 

WOW was founded by Community member Brenda Farrell, with the mission of empowering members to begin to think of how “I” could become “we” and “we” could become hundreds of women pooling their financial resources to make a significant difference collectively.

Please visit their website for more information and see the many non-profits that they have supported over the years.

Love to support YSB? Learn more about How You Can Help!

Diversion Conference 2018

Our second Diversion Conference was a great success!

Many thanks to our partners and presenters. We had a great group of people from around the seven county metro area, including County Attorneys and Judges, Community Corrections, County Probation and Police Departments.

The Honorable Joy D. Bartscher, a Judge from Ramsey County talked about the importance of the human connection with the youth that are served;

Kate Richtman, Ramsey County Attorney, talked about the roots and history of Diversion and how the program has changed over time;

Dr. David Walsh shared the research about brain development and how that is impacted by digital addiction and social media use.

The afternoon was filled with 50 minute information sessions led by the sponsoring organizations. Attendees left informed, energized, and excited about continuing the conference in the future:

“The Diversion Conference was another example of how kids are best served when stakeholders collaborate and share ideas.

The perspectives presented by the prosecutor and judge, combined with the information and ideas shared by the four youth serving agencies gave all attendees a lot of food for thought on how they can improve their work with young people.  All of that, along with the presentation on the brain provided by Dr. David Walsh made for a very informative day.” 

Anthony Zdroik
Juvenile Division Chief
Washington County Attorney’s Office

‘Angst’ aims to start conversations about anxiety

By Hannah Black, Woodbury Bulletin

“There may be something to your teenager’s complaint of a stomach ache every morning before school: anxiety.

Close to one-third of adolescents in the United States have some kind of anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Local mental health organization Youth Service Bureau hopes a movie might open up lines of communication between young students and their parents.

The 56-minute film “Angst” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Woodbury High School and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at Woodbury Middle School. Additionally, there will be a 7 p.m. showing Thursday, Oct. 11 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. A discussion panel will follow all of the showings.

The film is recommended for students in fifth through 12th grades to attend with an adult. A resource sheet will be distributed to adults. Community members of all ages are welcome. Free tickets are available online.

The film includes candid interviews with children and young adults who deal with or have dealt with anxiety and what they’ve learned. Several mental health experts, including an Olympic athlete, are featured.

“It’s a movie that really brings hope,” said Merri Guggisberg, youth and family education coordinator at the Youth Service Bureau. “There’s young people that are sharing their experience, their journey. It’s really encouraging to all kids, all parents. We all experience anxiety, but to what level? How do we help?”

She said some of the showings are being sponsored by an “anonymous friend” of Woodbury Senior Living.

Guggisberg hopes parents and kids will watch the film together and move them forward with a better understanding of one another. She also hopes the film and discussion encourages those who need help to seek it.”

Increasing School Support through Andeavor Grant

The $50,000 grant funding from Andeavor is up and running! Through their support to YSB:

  • Each district served by this grant (622 and 833) decided how they wanted to use the funds to provide mental health support to students, staff, and parents.
  • Each district will have a YSB therapist for student and staff support, and our Youth and Family Educator for parent education.

In District 833 we will provide services in Oltman Middle School, serving students in group, presentation, and assembly formats. We will be working with training for all the staff in the district – and parent education that aligns with what the students and staff are learning.

In District 622 we will be in each middle school every Thursday on a rotating basis. John Glenn is requesting presentations in 6th grade health classes; Skyview is requesting classroom presentations on conflict resolution presented in every science class throughout the entire year (by the end of the year all kids should have seen the presentation); Maplewood Middle would like to focus on groups for students and providing education on grant related topics in 8th grade health classes.

YSB is grateful for the support of the Andeavor Foundation, and the participating school districts! Together we are doing great work in the communities we live and work in!

Any questions, or if you would like to find a way to get involved – please contact Andree Aronson, Development Director, at 651.439.8800 x 105 or