YSB announces inaugural gala supporting service expansion

The Youth Service Bureau, Inc (YSB) invites the public to its inaugural gala, Thursday, May 18, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Lake Elmo Event Center. All funds raised support the organiation’s capital expansion campaign and will be matched by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.

Dr. David Walsh, the event’s keynote speaker and YSB advocate, will speak on the importance of early intervention. Walsh is the author of “Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.” Other speakers include Washington County Attorney Pete Orput and Marina Steiner (Stillwater Area High School graduate and youth speaker).

This event will celebrate YSB’s 40 years of service.

YSB’s mission is to help youth and families learn the skills they need to be more successful at home, in school and throughout the community. YSB was formed in 1976 to provide law enforcement with a way to divert youth with behavioral challenges away from the juvenile justice system. The organization has grown to include prevention and early intervention strategies that help youth and families through counseling, education services and community partnerships.

The planned expansion efforts include adding three licensed therapists who will serve YSB’s Cottage Grove, Stillwater and Woodbury offices, and growing YSB’s school-based services by adding three chemical health specialists in School District 622 (North St. Paul, Maplewood and Oakdale); District 833 (South Washington County); and District 834 (Stillwater Area Schools).

Tickets to the gala are $65 and include a multi-course dinner, fund-a-need and live entertainment. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

The Lake Elmo Event Center is at 3712 Layton Ave. N., Lake Elmo.

Tickets can be purchased at ysb.net/gala.