Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau


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Thank you to all of our donors for helping us ensure the success of youth!

LAYSB Meets Charities Review Standards

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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Thank you Demolition Day Crew!

35 energetic and determined volunteers cleared the space in less than an hour and a half. Thank you Gaughan Company volunteers, area youth and community members for bringing a permanent new home for LAYSB one step closer to reality.


LAYSB will be closed Monday December 26th through Monday January 2nd. 

We will re-open Tuesday January 3rd 2017!

Support Tried and True During Their
Fall Machine Drive!


We are in need of donated snow blowers!

Fall is almost over!
Are you planning to replace your lawn mower, weed whip, or other lawn equipment in the spring?
Don’t store it, donate it to Tried and True
And help get youth into the trades!
Get a tax deduction for your donation!

Donations can be dropped off at the Tried and True Small Engine Shop at 27540 Forest Blvd, Wyoming, MN 55092
on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-7pm.

Questions? Contact program manager, Matt Howard at 651-464-3685.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Tried and True Small Engines Program.

Are you  shopping online this holiday season?

Use AmazonSmile and Support LAYSB!


AmazonSmile is a FREE, easy way for you to support LAYSB!
All you need to do is CLICK HERE, log in to your existing account or create a new one, and start shopping!
Amazon will donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases to Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau!

Helpful hint: Make your shopping even easier by bookmarking AmazonSmile!

Click on the image above to learn about LAYSB's small engine program!

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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