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Outcomes and Social Return on Investment

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Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau has received the Charities Review Council’s seal of approval for meeting all standards of accountability. This important review process helps our donors to know that we are good stewards of their financial support. Please view LAYSB's Smart Givers report online.



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Did you know…

  • In 2014, LAYSB worked with 1,741 youth, families and volunteers
  • 94% of participants in LAYSB teen enrichment and leadership programs improve or maintain average or better grades in school
  • 100% of 2014 mentoring program matches lasted more than six months; 70% lasted more than 12 months.
  • 79% of youth referred to the community justice program due to illegal activities (property offenses, assault, alcohol and drug offenses, status offenses) had no further involvement with the juvenile justice system one year after program completion.

Click below to learn more about the real impact LAYSB has on the community:

Youth Intervention Program-Social Return on Investment Executive Summary

Youth Intervention Program Social Return – Full Report

2014 Highlights – Client Year in Review

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    "It’s all about the kids. I thought Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau was only for problem kids – but they actually help good kids get better and those with challenges get back on track. As the CEO and founder of Wealth Management Midwest, I choose to invest here because I know my money is well-managed and helps support the well-being of these kids, their families, and our community."

    Dave and Lori Purdy


    “YAB helped me to become more comfortable taking initiative and being a leader. We’ve done everything from helping with set-up and clean-up to leading games for kids, selling ice cream, helping with parking, and manning the bouncy house. We always wear our YAB t-shirts and it’s fun! It’s amazing to see our ideas come to life and put into action right before our eyes!”

    Amanda Stafford, age 16
    Youth Advisory Board Participant



    "I just wanted to extend my gratitude for allowing me to sit in on the Restorative Justice Community Panel experience. I can’t tell you how invigorating it was to sit with other adults who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of at-risk kids. As I was driving home I felt a renewed energy for my job."

    Meghan Quinn, Washington County Probation Dept.

    "As a volunteer, I get an understanding of how much my support can mean to them."

    Bea Zaruba, Board member & program volunteer

    “I learned more tools to open communication between me and my son. I loved the talk about trust, my son has a better understanding on many issues”

    Parent Participant
    Choice and Consequence Class



    "When I come to Our Place, I feel like I’m taking a cap off a bottle of water and pouring it out when I talk. I can be honest here. Everyone cares and listens, especially Matt. My coming here makes me think and makes me want to do better.”

    Teen Participant
    "Our Place" @ LAYSB



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