YSB youth educationBelow are classes that youth can attend. Parent are required to attend the following classes with their youth: Chemical Awareness; Choice & Consequences, 15 & under and 16 & older; Community Panel

Chemical Awareness Class:  A two night class for youth and parents about chemicals.  This prevention education class focuses on alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.  In the class participants learn the current facts about these commonly used substances and about ways they lose control when if they use them.

Choice and Consequence Class:  A one night class for youth and parents about decision making and the consequences of a juvenile delinquency record. Youth and parents also get a chance to talk about trust and family relationships that are affected when young people make bad decisions. In this class youth will process how their decisions are affecting others and their futures.

Tobacco Awareness Class:  A one afternoon class for youth about tobacco.  In this class youth learn about the addictive properties of nicotine.  They learn about the effects of smoke and chew tobacco on the body.  Youth also talk about making quit plans and get ideas and resources to aid them in that process if appropriate.

Community Panel:  Youth appear before a restorative justice panel of trained community volunteers that represent the victims of crime and the community as a whole to each youth. Panels use the restorative principle of getting offenders face to face with victims of crime and make it apply to every juvenile offense that we process.  Our panel members are affected community members with a stake in seeing each youth learn from their mistake and repair the harm they caused.

Youth come to the meeting prepared to present three pieces of homework to the panel of two to three adults:

  1. An apology letter to whomever was most affected by their offense.
  2. A cost analysis worksheet that details how much their offense has potentially cost all involved.
  3. A research paper relating to their offense or an appropriate essay on what they have learned through this experience.

Parents are offered resources related to parenting, given the opportunity to support each other and discuss asset building in a separate parent support meeting while their youth is being processed through the panel.

Additional Services:

*Counseling: Counseling provides an opportunity for youth to share concerns, discuss issues, and learn skills to help them face dificult issues in their lives.

“It helps kids see that they are not the only ones who make mistakes.” –Youth comment about the Community Justice program

“I learned only do what you know is right and don’t do what you have to question.  If you have to question the situation, then it is definitely wrong.” –Youth comment after attending the Community Panel

*Community Work Service: Youth are assigned meaningful service projects to help them learn the value of making things right and take pride in their ability to give back to the community.

Mission: To provide service opportunities that will enrich a community and foster positive learning experiences for youth.


  1. Support youth as they work to fulfill their contracts with the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau.
  2. Coordinate with work sites that best match the interests of youth.
  3. Allow youth to evaluate and reflect on how their service was meaningful for them and their community.
  4. Prepare and implement work crews for group projects.


12 & Under Program

Participants under the age of twelve go through a program that teaches them about making good choices and how their actions affect everyone around them. This program teaches them life skills to use in the future so they can make positive decisions.