Greetings! Welcome to Youth Service Bureau’s monthly e-newsletter, where we will feature blogs, articles and tips on relevant parenting and youth development topics!

At YSB, we take a team-focused approach to helping families identify the pieces needed to build a healthy family AND build strategies to fit it all together.

We encourage you to utilize these free, mobile-friendly, online resources wherever you go. And remember– you’re never alone in meeting the challenges of raising kids and teens.

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September 2021

Let’s talk back to school success. September is Suicide prevention month – learn the facts verses myths. Check out numerous partner events.

August 2021

Join us in welcoming a new staff member! Read the Mission Moment for some back-to-school advice and you won’t want to miss the upcoming events!

June/July 2021

Happy summer! Check out our new In the Know segment and Chemical Health Corner for advice on staying safe this summer and making smart decisions!

May 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – learn how we are living out our mission at YSB by bringing mental health awareness to families, youth and community members.

April 2021

April is the month of Awareness – alcohol awareness, sexual assault awareness and STD awareness. Learn how these connect to each other and affect those in their teen years.

March 2021

Learn about Self-Harm – the signs and symptoms, what parents and youth can do at home and when to seek additional support. New Mission Moment featuring Colleen Feldman, School Psychologist and YSB Board member. Be sure to check out “Through My Eyes” written by a high school senior.

February 2021

Learn about YSB’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. New Mission Moment featuring Mike Huntley, YSB’s Executive Director. Be sure to check out what we are reading, watching, and listening to.

January 2021

YSB’s January 2021 eNewsletter shares about resolutions in recovery. We highlight a community partnership and introduce a new feature where we see through a student’s eyes how they are tending to their mental health needs during the pandemic.

December 2020

Youth Service Bureau is excited to announce Mike Huntley, M.A., L.P., has been selected as the next Executive Director!

November 2020

YSB’s November 2020 eNewsletter highlights ways to stay connected during COVID-19, shares how YSB staff are practicing gratitude in unknown times and highlights an article by one of our new staff members, Meghan Heffner.

October 2020

YSB’s October 2020 eNewsletter highlights October as National Bullying Prevention Month, welcomes two new YSB staff members and shares a successful 2020 Gala!

September 2020

YSB’s September 2020 eNewsletter highlights our Virtual Gala going live Friday, September 18th, features a podcast from one of our therapists on suicide prevention and advertises upcoming partner events!

August 2020

YSB’s August 2020 eNewsletter highlights YSB’s Virtual Gala and our new webpage Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which contains resources YSB staff is using to learn and bring awareness and education on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

July 2020

YSB’s July 2020 eNewsletter highlights an interview with Dr. Troy Miller and the work that Youth Service Bureau and ISD 622 are doing together to improve access and equity.

YSB needs your help! Learn how you can help us get ready to open our offices to see clients in person by donating masks and approved sanitizers.

June 2020

YSB’s June 2020 eNewsletter highlights advice for having a safe and healthy summer during COVID-19 as well as our newest Board member, Mary Giuliani Stephens.

May 2020

YSB’s May 2020 eNewsletter highlights our new podcast, Partners in Parenting, created by Merri Guggisberg, our Youth and Family Education coordinator, shares a parent message on substance prevention and awareness, and highlights one of our board members, Detective Kim Richardson.

April 2020

YSB’s April 2020 eNewsletter highlights an article on self-care written by one of our own therapists, Amy Riedel, addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and shares many helpful resources. YSB is now offering telehealth services! Call any one of our offices for more information.

March 2020

YSB’s March 2020 eNewsletter highlights a fundraiser event that honored a former client, Jamie Eckert, features an article written by YSB’s Chemical Health Specialist, Julia Geigle, on raising healthy kids, and features our 2020 Gala coming up in May.

Learn about upcoming screenings of  LIKE: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives.

February 2020

YSB’s February 2020 eNewsletter highlights an article on self-compassion written by one of our own therapists, Amy Riedel, addresses the Australian Bushfire and how to talk to your children about it, and features a free Youth Mental Health First Aid opportunity!

Learn about upcoming screenings of  LIKE: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives.


YSB’s January 2020 eNewsletter highlights a note from YSB’s Director of Communications, Paul Degeest, on January as “Thankyouary,” and shares a new documentary YSB is bringing to the community about the power of peers to eradicate bullying.

Learn about upcoming screenings of  LIKE: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives.

December 2019

YSB’s December 2019 eNewsletter contains our Save the Date for our May Gala, features a new staff member, and shares a parenting tip created by one of our own therapists!

Learn about upcoming screenings of  LIKE: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives.

Give to the Max

YSB’s November 2019 eNewsletter features Give to the Max Day, highlights one of our very own board members, and gives some parenting advice!

Learn about upcoming screenings of  LIKE: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

YSB’s October 2019 eNewsletter features National Bullying Prevention Month, highlights educational resources on vaping and e-cigarettes and other community partnership events.

Learn about upcoming screenings of  LIKE: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives.
Register today for the screening hosted by Oltman Middle School.

September Suicide Prevention Month

YSB’s September 2019 eNewsletter highlights Suicide Prevention Collaborative’s 5K Walk/Run, introduces YSB’s new school-based staff and other community partnership events.

Learn about upcoming screenings of ‘Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety’ upcoming screening.
Register today for the screening hosted by Cerenity Senior Care!

Summer News

YSB’s August 2019 eNewsletter highlights support of YSB’s services through golf events, Washington County Attorney’s office recognizing Mike Huntley’s 30 years service, and partnerships to address mental health and support healthy choices among youth.  Chemical Health Corner has information from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, we think you may be surprised.

Learn about upcoming screenings of ‘Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety’ upcoming screening
coming in September, hosted by Cerenity Senior Care!

Faith in our Community

YSB’s January 2019 eNewsletter highlights YSB’s Faith/community reach, YSB services and partnerships to address mental health and support healthy choices among youth.

Learn about upcoming screenings of ‘LIKE’- a new documentary about the impact of social media on our lives
coming in January, hosted by New Life Academy!

Celebrate Good Things!

YSB’s December 2018 eNewsletter highlights YSB’s Celebrating partners and support from our community,  
YSB services and partnerships to address mental health and support healthy choices among youth.

Learn about upcoming screenings of ‘LIKE’- a new documentary about the impact of social media on our lives
coming in January, hosted by New Life Academy!

Importance of Gratitude!

YSB is ever thankful to our community partners and supporters who make great work possible!  Read our November eNews for updates from our 2nd Annual Diversion Conference, upcoming events and recent $10,000 donation from TJ MAXX/Home Goods Ribbon Cutting!


Increasing Support for Local Schools

YSB’s October eNewsletter highlights new YSB services and partnerships to address mental health and support healthy choices among youth.


YSB Goes Back To School!

ANGST is coming to a screening near you! This new documentary shines a bright light on anxiety. Join YSB in our hope – that as youth in this film share their candidness and bravery – it will inspire our community to do the same.

Find out what’s coming to a school near you – plus tips on increasing focus and decreasing stress!

Expanding Services and Age-Range

YSB’s August eNewsletter highlights YSB’s expanded partnerships and programs as we grow to meet community needs – including new grants to increase mental health support in local Middle Schools!

Keep the “Safe” in Summer, and Apps to Help Young Drivers

YSB’s July eNewsletter offers tips on teen summer safety – from preventing “distracted driving” and following local curfew ordinances.

A Substance Free Summer: tips for helping your teens

Summertime and the end of school often bring excitement, freedom, sun, and adventure. With freedom, often comes less adult supervision.

On an average summer day, about 11,000 youth will take their first drink of alcohol and 4,500 will smoke cigarettes for the first time. While youth should be encouraged to have fun during school break, you can help them avoid the negative effects of substance use by providing them with education and tools to make positive decisions.

Read how to set your youth up for success – along with how to navigate Season 2 of ’13 Reasons Why’ – now on Netflix!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Disorders (MD) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD)…

  • are real
  • are public health conditions
  • affect anyone: regardless of age, race, IQ, religion, income
  • often overlap

Approximately 80% of teens who struggle with a mental health disorder have turned to substance use as a way to manage their emotional pain.

This tells us – youth don’t typically abuse substances, or frequently get intoxicated, because their life is going ‘great.’ However, identifying which challenge came first – often resembles the ‘Chicken, or the Egg?’ paradox. So, how can you address these Co-Occuring Disorders?

This April (& Beyond) Talk to Your Kids about Alcohol

Underage substance use, whether it be marijuana, alcohol, or another drug can be a barrier to children leading healthy and fulfilled lives and transitionally successfully into adulthood.

April is National Alcohol Awareness month. The good news is that the rate of teen alcohol use has declined since the mid-1970s, however teens still drink alcohol more than they use any other substance. In fact, teen alcohol use kills 4,300 people each year – more than all illegal drugs combined. WHY?

Can Energy Drinks Lead to Stimulant Use?

YSB Chemical Prevention Specialists present in local schools – educating youth about setting limits and alternative strategies to drinking caffeine for ‘energy’.

There are potential benefits to drinking caffeine. It may boost memory or increase alertness. There are also potential negatives, especially in youth.

Caffeine may produce mild symptoms like restlessness, an increased heart rate, and insomnia. New research shows the relationship between heavy caffeine consumption from energy drinks in high school students and drug use.

Due to the developing adolescent brain and its reward-center, early caffeine use may prime the brain for later drug use.* The brain becomes used to the levels and begins to crave more of the stimulant, ultimately leading to higher dosage or other sources for a heightened effect.

For Prevention & Tips- Read More!

Social Media, Healthy Relationships AND Safety?
* They CAN Co-Exist! *

Social Media is a fast-past, dynamic environment for quick chats, long distance video calls, sending images, sharing fun videos and much more.

Quite often, however, these convenient apps can result in cyberbullying, sharing of innappropriate content, or even ‘just’ arguments over phone use.

Find resources, classes and support!

Internal Overload – Stress vs. Anxiety

Mood swings, defiance and sleepiness can accompany adolescent years. However, although many of these things are considered to be “normal”, too much of them may be more harmful than we think.

It is important to notice how these typically normal changes are effecting your child’s daily life.  There may be something a little more than the typical developmental changes going on with your child.

From Classes to ANGST Screening & Panel Discussions to individualized support– YSB is here to help you understand and address these concerns.

A Year of Transformation, Growth and Giving!

YSB’s growth has focused on creating change to improve our services for the youth, families, and communities we serve. In a nutshell – we have more staff that can serve more youth in a bigger service area – and that’s a reason to celebrate!
Thanks for helping YSB go the extra mile in 2017! Learn more, including our exciting new screening of Indieflix movie: **ANGST**  coming Jan 2018!

Growing Gratitude

YSB’s November eNewsletter focuses on Gratitude. Find tips on how to raise caring, compassionate kids, and how to strengthen your own “gratitude muscles”.

October is Bullying Prevention Month

YSB’s guest authors this month educate and bring awareness to the importance of bullying prevention. Read more about how to prevent bullying and support youth who are bullied from Woodbury Police Detective, Kim Richardson, and GSA students from East Ridge High School (District 833)!

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September newsletter highlights: Exciting District 833 Chemical Health introduction video and District 834 Let’s Talk Middle School video. Upcoming education opportunities around suicide prevention.

Chemical Health is a priority.  Back to school Success. Parent Teacher Communication – Make it a win for all.

August newsletter highlights:  YSB Chemical Health Specialists,  advice on how to make the transition back to school a success for all, includes school supplies resource links and communication is a two-way adventure.  Communication tips from a Stillwater School Psychologist.

Diversion means Second Chance. YSB hires new Chemical Health Specialist.

July’s newsletter highlights:  Curfews and Controversy, Diversion Conference, YSB’s exciting announcement of new staff members and upcoming education opportunities.

Read July newsletter 

Summer is finally here! We are just as excited as you to welcome the warm weather, sunshine and summer break.

June is Internet Safety month. Following are ideas for keeping your kids safe while online and strenghtening their developmental assets.  We’ve also included suggestions for healthy alternatives from media for the entire family – with a fun Facebook Challenge for you!

Read June eNews 

On May 18th – we will celebrate 40 years of service and grow for the future!

YSB started in 1976 as a way to keep troubled youth from entering the Juvenile Justice system. Today, we offer so much more! Our consistent focus on prevention and early intervention programs give youth opportunities to learn skills they need to be more successful – before lasting harm occurs.

YSB’s May Newsletter includes “13 things Parents should know about – 13 Reasons Why”, Summer Safety camps for kids, Full-time employment opportunities, and Pioneer Press’ article on the power of collaboration between YSB and Law Enforcement!

Read May eNews

From E-cigs, Stimulants, Synthetic Drugs and more – the temptations and pressures which teens face expand and evolve.

The risk of developing a substance use disorder decreases with each year substance use is delayed during adolescence.

YSB strengthens teens’ abilities to make positive choices and informed decisions about their health.

We provide facts and practical strategies to start difficult conversations with your kids. YSB has expert staff to support you when needed.

Find out 10 Tips to Prevent Teen Chemical Use, facts on Marijuana and upcoming events including: Top Secret Project- Decoding the Mystery of the Teen Domain.

Read April eNews

Anxiety: the most common mental health problem among kids and teens.

YSB is here to help families learn how to help strengthen their child’s mental health, improve their quality of life, and provide on-going counseling & support for the whole family!

See our upcoming classes and events, read about the difference between Stress and Anxiety, 14 Tips to Support Your Teen’s Mental Health, and learn “Why do they Act That Way?!” in a Podcast from Dr. Dave Walsh!

Read March eNews

Healthy Teen Relationships

Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

Learn how to help support Healthy Relationships in your teen’s life, and find out more about YSB’s expansion campaing- as we continue to pave the way for Better Choices and Brighter Futures in 2017!

Read February eNews

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Winter Driving Tips for Teens and Families

Our Minnesota Winter Wonderland can be fun and beautiful! But the snowy, icy roads that follow are certainly not!

And despite that busy, well constructed family calendar full of driving kids to school, appointments, practices and other outings… there WILL be days when challenging weather is bound to interfere.

With many teens as first time winter drivers… and many younger ones learning by watching parents from the backseat- now is a great time to teach – and model – safe winter driving!

Read January eNews


YSB: Helping Families THRIVE Through the Holidays!

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!

Read December eNews


YSB and Community Partners Build “Brighter Futures” Together!

Early intervention has the power to change lives, and for 40 years, YSB and our community partners continue to prove it!

We are proud and excited to partner with our local communities to provide expert resources to families navigating the rapids of raising kids and teens in today’s media-driven world!

Take a look at the lineup of FREE events in the next few weeks- where YSB staff will be presenting and available to answer questions on a variety of topics. We can’t wait to see you there!

Can’t make it to an event? Or need more personalized support? We’re only a call – or click- away, at ysb.net.

Read November eNews


Building Kids Back Up in the Face of Bullying

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!

Read October eNews


Restoring Hope and Strength: Together We Can Prevent Suicide

No matter your age, it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. But when that feeling persists, either physically and/or emotionally, it can be a very scary place. Unfortunately, not everyone reaches out, or has been reached out to, in time to make healthy, lasting changes in their lives.
At YSB, Suicide Prevention is more than a month of awareness in September. It is our 40+ year long commitment to ensuring youth and their families have the resources, care and compassion needed to RESTORE HOPE, even during the most difficult of times.

Fortunately, we are not the only voice. EVERYONE has a role to play in Suicide Prevention.


Read September eNews


Myths vs. Facts: Identifying Perceptions around Underage Consumption

With Fall right around the corner, it is hard to avoid the increasing reminders of the immenent -back to school- transitions ahead.

For many youth, this season of change leads to many uncertainties about friendships, fitting in, finding their way in new schools, or moving off to college.  As the stress of the unknown builds, or even pressure  to make the most of what’s left of their “freedom,” now is a perfect time to revisit your own views on underage drinking- and share that view with your family.

Read August eNews


Empowering Teens to Build Healthy Relationships in a Digital Age

In the age of Social Media, YSB strives to ensure youth and parents have access to the knowledge and tools needed to protect against those who would exploit vulnerable youth.

You may have read recent news articles, including those in the Woodbury Bulletin, which highlight a very real and shocking trend growing across Washington County:  our youth are increasingly exposed to manipulation and victimization from adult sex offenders, both in person and online. Particularly, those with low self-esteem and/or mental health challenges, like depression.

Whether digital or face to face, all teens deserve to learn about, and experience, healthy relationships.  Here are resources to improve open communication about relationships with your teen, strengthen their own self-esteem and identify digital abuse.

Read July eNews


“Log On to Social Media” webinar – plus tools to navigate teens’ screen time this summer!

Summer is nearly here! But just because kids and teens have a few months out of school, it doesn’t necessarily mean their days are “carefree”. Increased amounts of unstructured time, for most youth, means more time online—including social media.

While there are pros and cons to many of the apps out there, alarmingly, 88{a64e5c7e062cd1e4e2f9421eef92c66acc8bb07332f04d4f529edfa6a926861d} of Social-Media using teens have seen others be mean online. To help you and your teens navigate screen time this summer, this month’s resources are all about helping parents:

*encourage safe and respectful behavior online.
*keep up with new apps and need to know lingo.
*know what you can do to support your child or teen who has been impacted by others’ hurtful words and actions online.

Read June eNews


Screenagers – find out who they are, plus tips to help in times of crisis

While May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Month – the sudden loss of several young people in our Washington County community elevates this “month” of awareness to a much more personal level.

It also reaffirms us at YSB in our most important role and mission: to help youth and families build “Brighter Futures” in the face of challenges and adversity. This means a continued and intentional focus on prevention and early intervention for youth and teens through resources and professional support.

And in this time of need, it means YSB therapists going to the schools to support the students and faculty as they grieve together.

We know that raising kids can be overwhelming at times, especially as they face stress, grief and loss. We encourage you to utilize the free online resources below and others found on our mobile-friendly website, so you never feel alone in meeting the challenges of raising kids and teens.

Read May eNews


Learn why “You’re Grounded” doesn’t work and more tips for parenting teens

Picture this: your teenager comes home past curfew and finds himself grounded for two weeks. He isn’t allowed to leave the house or contact his friends outside of school.

It seems like a good plan… until the two weeks are up and he decides to stay out even later than before.  He may think, “I was only grounded for two weeks. What’s the big deal?”

Grounding is one of the many discipline strategies parents turn to when their teens make poor decisions. So why does “You’re grounded!” never seem to work so well, and what can parents try instead?

Read April eNews

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