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YSB here 25 years, holds After Hours

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County (YSB) is celebrating 25 years of service to the young people and their families of the community. A Chamber After Hours was held on Tuesday, September 18 where those in attendance learned about the many services the agency provides.

Founded in 1987, the YSB has 17 programs that impact youth and their families. These include Community Education and Outreach, Community Service, Conflict Mediation, Foster Parent Training and Support, Home Based Services, Information and Referral, MAD Camp, On Your Way Up Program and Empowering Parents. Additional resources for youth are Safe Place/Host Homes, Skills For Life, S.O.S. (Students Out of School), Supervised Visitation, Teen Court, Teen Suicide Prevention and Tools for Life School Supplies.

Jan Williams has been director of the YSB since 1995. It is located at 1344 Maple Drive and had its beginnings on Warren Street in an office directly across from the back side of what was then Central School, now the Central Apartments. The original director was Ann Webster who was followed by a one year interim director, A.J. Broxon, and then Williams.

Williams explained that the staff of 11 at the YSB is cross-trained and “all pitch-in to serve.” She continued, “We use everyone’s expertise for advocacy, education and to serve the over 2,000 youth we help each year.” Williams also spoke about the YSB’s focus on suicide prevention and the Suicide Prevention Task Force in Huntington County. The YSB is the lead agency trained in suicide prevention and awareness. It has two suicide prevention lifelines staffed at all times.

Williams talked about the many facets of the YSB’s programs including the On Your Way Up Program which gives parents incentives at the YSB’s On Your Way Up Store and helps provide car seats through federal grants and Parkview Huntington Hospital’s Community Partners. She said, “Parents are given a brand new car seat for their child and taught how to install and use it. On Your Way Up also focuses on health, safe child gates and cribs.” Williams also explained, “The YSB is expanding its conflict mediation program and currently has five trained mediators and will be adding a sixth one.”

To learn more about the programs of the YSB call (260) 356-9681 or (800) 298-5444. E-mail questions to ysbadm@choiceonemail.com. The website is www.ysbofhuntingtonco.org.