During the mid 1970’s law enforcement agencies across the country were looking for ways to hold youth accountable for their actions without sending them through the juvenile system or labeling them as “delinquents.” As a result, the Youth Service Bureau was born.

In the St. Croix Valley, two such organizations were created. South Communities Counseling Services was opened in Cottage Grove in 1976 and a similar organization called Youth Service Bureau, was established in Stillwater in 1978.

Both organizations shared a common goal: give youth and families the support they need at the first sign of challenges to avoid more significant consequences in the future. They also met the needs of youth, families and communities by providing counseling and early intervention programs.

In 1996 the organizations merged to create Youth Service Bureau, Inc. (YSB) with offices in both Stillwater, Woodbury and Cottage Grove.

Today, YSB remains true to the ideals of its founders. Youth continue to be held accountable and coached as they make amends to those hurt by their behavior. And parents continue to get the support they need to guide their children through challenging times.

We are proud that after 40 years we are still helping youth and their families make BETTER CHOICES that lead to BRIGHTER FUTURES!

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