Diversion Programs

We all make mistakes, our kids included, and we are here to help!

“Diversion” is a community justice based, early-intervention program designed for juveniles.

Even in the midst of a Pandemic- YSB’s Diversion services are a good fit for a young person who:

  • has concerning behaviors at home, school, or in the community
  • has made a mistake, or bad decision—often with unintended, negative outcomes
  • could be charged with an age-related or delinquent offense, and/or processed through the Juvenile Justice system

We care about you and your family’s safety. During this time, we are offering Diversion Services using Zoom and not meeting with families in person, which has been effective because this process still allows accountability for the offender and allows for ways to keep us all safe.  Our services are affordable, but we also recognize some families might be struggling financially due to this pandemic.  We ask that you talk with our Diversion staff to address financial issues if you are wanting services but are in a tough place financially.

Call us to schedule Services today, and if you are not sure what services you might need, please consider a General Assessment.  Even in the midst of a Pandemic we want everyone to be successful moving forward.

How Diversion Helps:

Over the past 40+ years, YSB has specifically tailored our Diversion services to meet the needs of struggling youth—while also holding them accountable for their decisions and actions in the process.

In most cases, this can be done without going through court—or receiving a juvenile record.

Our staff work with individual youth and their families through interactive sessions that help youth learn from their mistakes, take responsibility for their behavior, find acceptable alternatives, make amends to those injured by their actions and give back to their community.

We also involve parents and guardians in the process—giving adults the support they need to guide their children through difficult times and ensuring the most positive outcome.

Diversion Services include:

General Assessments, Awareness Programs for Theft, Bullying and Chemical Use, as well as Conflict Resolution Skills and a Distracted Driving Awareness Program.  Community Work Service also provides a restorative approach to youth accountability.

YSB’s program outcomes show that when young people and their families are provided with accurate information, opportunities to learn and effective support, they can make better choices in their lives—and things will improve.

Learn more about our high-quality services by clicking the boxes below:


Watch our “Community Impact” video to hear local leaders help explain how YSB’s early intervention programs change young lives and benefit the whole community.

YSB would like to THANK the following supporters for helping us share YSB’s story:

Pete Orput- Washington County Attorney
Lee Vague- Woodbury Chief of Police
Paul Lee- Stillwater Area Public Schools #834
Dr. Dave Walsh- author and international speaker, and psychologist
Jim Bradshaw – local business owner in Stillwater, MN



Learn about our staff
Alexis Charles, YSB’s Youth Diversion Specialist

Have questions for Diversion staff? Call a YSB Office or email diversion@ysb.net.