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 https://ysb.net/what-we-do/classes-and-events/
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!