Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau


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Apply for Tried and True Small Engines!


Get real world experience with a professional mechanic!

We are now accepting applications for Tried & True!
The next session begins in January 2017.
Youth, ages 15-18, who are hands on are encouraged to apply!
Each session is 12 weeks on Tuesdays & Thursdays
from 3:30-6:30pm.

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

CLICK HERE to download an application!

Questions? Contact Matt Howard at 651-464-3685.

Grab your camo and join our hunting party!
We have our sights on raising “doe” for LAYSB!

Join the LAYSB “Buck Hunters” at the
Forest Lake Rotary Club’s Winter Plunge!
Saturday, February 25, 2017!

CLICK HERE to view our team page!

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If you just can’t fathom being a team member and jumping into freezing waters, consider donating a few “bucks” to a specific plunger!
Click Here to donate!


2016 LAYSB Buck Hunters!

Career Success is Back!

Career Success is a FREE program for teens that equips them with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries!



Who: Teens in 8th-12th grade
When: Tuesdays in February, 6-8pm
Cost: FREE!
Where: Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau
Pre-registration is required.

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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