Growing Together Gala

2019 Growing Together Gala, Friday, May 10th 

Youth Service Bureau invites you to join us for an evening of entertainment, fun, community, and just a splash of learning. REGISTER NOW! for the 2019 Growing Together Gala on Friday, May 10th at The Royal Club in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

Live music, and lively guests, along with a charitable auction you won’t want to miss!

This year’s theme is Youth and Family Education, one of four major programs delivered by Youth Service Bureau, Inc. Our dedicated professional staff partner with schools, civic groups, religious organizations, professional associations, and others throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area to bring practical advice and effective strategies to engage and empower youth, and those who care for them. Presentation topics include mental health, vaping, social media, anxiety, the effects of screen time, and other community trends.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Register today by visiting our website at and click on the Gala Registration button on the main page. Or you can register over the phone by calling us at 651-439-8800.

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Caring for All

Caring for all: Youth & Family Education

Merri Guggisberg, YSB Youth and Family Education Coordinator


Youth Service Bureau’s mission of helping youth and families learn the skills they need to be successful at home, in school, and throughout the community is active in Youth and Family Education.  We are partnering with schools both public and private, faith communities, local nonprofits and organizations to share education sessions and help support families as they face the varied challenges of raising children. 

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Another Year of Growth and Service to Kids and Families

YSB ended 2018 financially sound with solid growth in our therapy, chemical health and youth and family education programs.  Our diversion staff continued to work effectively with at-risk kids to help them turn their lives around after their first encounters with the judicial system. Last year we served over 14,000 youth and family members in all our programs, added new talents to our already strong staff and Board of Directors and continued to build relationships with the school districts and law enforcement agencies we work with.

Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey was elected President of the Board of Directors, along with Brian Zeller (Vice President), Ryan Baldwin (Treasurer) and Brent Wartner (Secretary). New board members include Ben Granley (CEO, Werner Electric Supply), Khurram Hassan (US Bank) and Randy Bachman (Branch Manager, Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove).  Jessica Danberg (Chief of Police, City of St. Paul Park) will be elected to the Board in February.

If you haven’t yet attended one of our Youth and Family Education programs, please do!  Through engaging documentaries such as Screenagers, Angst, andLike,followed by panel discussions led by YSB staff, we have been highlighting ways to combat screen addiction, social media abuse, anxiety and depression in youth.  For more on what YSB offers parents who are concerned about their children’s mental health and the challenges of growing up, please check out our calendar of community events at

Don’t forget to save the date for our next Gala, which will be held on May 10, 2019 from 5:30-9 pm  at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo.  We will continue our tradition of bringing you the best in speakers on topics of interest to all families and connecting you with leaders from throughout the Metro area whose goal is to make the lives of at-risk kids better and help them become production community members.  This year we will highlight our  expanding work in Youth and Family Education.  I hope to see you there!

Bob Sherman
Executive Director

What’s That Called Again? Part 2

Substance Trends of Today and Their Nicknames
By: Gina Johnson, Chemical Health Prevention Specialist

The use of substances have been around for centuries but what was popular 10 years ago may not be the drug of choice now.

According to the MN Student Survey, an anonymous survey taken every 3 years, the 3 most popular substances used by students are alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco. Those 3 have been the leading substances used by students for the past 20 years. However, their strength and how they are delivered into the body has changed drastically.

For the past five years a new device that delivers nicotine has flown onto the radar. It is called an Electronic Cigarette and it has surpassed cigarettes with usage among youth. At this point, an E-cig, is nothing like a traditional cigarette. It uses a battery to heat up liquid nicotine and turns it into an aerosol for the user to take a hit and get an immediate intense nicotine buzz.

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Teaching Youth Self-Care

Guest Author:  Jodi Witte
D833 Grant & Wellness Coordinator

In South Washington County Schools, self-care is being taught alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic.  That’s because staff are seeing anxiety levels on the rise, increasing behavioral problems, and other mental-health related issues.

To address these growing needs beyond the traditional social-emotional curriculum, students and staff are practicing breathing techniques, mindful movement and other proven strategies that regulate the body’s nervous system to improve focus, concentration and mental wellbeing.   Our students and staff all benefit from a working knowledge of brain and body functioning and how to manage stress, anxiety, and difficult emotions in our fast-paced and interconnected world of digital technology.

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Share Your Love Valentine’s Gala

Share Your Love Valentine’s Gala

February 16, 2019 | 5:30-10 pm

Royal Golf Club| 11455 20th St. N, Lake Elmo, MN


Share Your Love by attending the Rotary Club of Woodbury’s Valentine’s Gala. This event will provide funding for Youth Service Bureau and other youth-focused activities and projects, making our community a better place to live!

Woodbury Rotary activities and projects include:

  • High school scholarships
  • Youth Service Bureau (YSB)
  • Woodbury High School Robotics Team
  • East Metro Miracle League
  • Homeless youth programs
  • RYLA participation (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) for high school juniors and seniors
  • The First Tee at Eagle Valley
  • Christian Cupboards – refrigeration equipment
  • International humanitarian support enabling sustainable projects
  • Additional future community service projects to be determined


WRCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Consult your accountant regarding tax-deductible contributions. Contact Gary Spooner for additional details:  651-459-3849, 651-231-3395,

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Partnerships in Faith Communities

Did you know?

YSB partners with Faith Communities by:

  • offering education sessions to confirmation classes (youth and parents)
  • speaking during and after services on a variety of topics
  • providing information and resources for newsletters, websites, and bulletins on what is coming up in your community
  • information of topics of your choice!

If you are interested in learning more about what YSB can do for your faith community, and what resources we can provide – CLICK Here!

Research shows that when help is needed, early and immediate interventions support better learning and increase positive outcomes.  We look forward to connecting and learning how we can help educate and support youth and families – and your wider community.