LAYSB youth enrichment, mentoring for all youth

It all started when a group of concerned citizens, law enforcement officers and educators came together in 1976 to create the Youth Service Bureau, a diversion service to keep first-time young offenders from re-offending. Over the past 38 years, the programs have evolved to include youth enrichment and mentoring and family support in addition to early intervention for youth.

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau youth enrichment and mentoring programs are open to all community youth.  They provide opportunities for youth to develop social, leadership, and life skills, meet new friends, and engage in their community. If you are or know a young person in grades 7-12 who needs more healthy relationships, community involvement and relevant learning experiences, these programs are where to find them.  There is no referral required to participate in the enrichment and mentoring programs, and most are free of charge. What LAYSB offers is constantly being evaluated and modified according to youth needs.

Current programs include:

• Youth Advisory Board — Groups of student volunteers in the Forest Lake area design and implement community service projects of their choosing.

• Mentoring — Adults are paired with youth on a one-to-one basis.

• Hidden Heroes — This program is a mystery match pen pal program between adult volunteers and youth throughout the school year.  Adult’s identity is kept a secret until the reveal party in May.

• Fusion — Students are invited to hang out, play games and participate in small community service projects.  This program is held on select days at the North Lakes Academy and Chisago Lakes Middle schools.

• Job Connection — This program is a referral service linking trained youth ages 12-17 looking for work to adults 55+ and/or disabled in the community in need of help with indoor and outdoor chores.

For more information, contact Andria Flaherty at Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau at 651-464-3685 or andria.flaherty@ysblakesarea.org.

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