LP County Youth Service Bureau alters name to return to its roots

Youth Service Bureau Big Brothers Big Sisters of LaPorte County is returning to its roots with a name change that carries with it the potential to serve more children in the community.

The organization’s new name is now Youth Service Bureau of LaPorte County, the name the agency called itself when it formed in 1972. The mission today, as then, is to provide programs and services to youth and families, specifically delinquency prevention, education, youth development, and advocacy.

The name change also allows YSB to participate in a nationwide pilot program that emphasizes positive outcomes for youth at of entering the juvenile justice system.

“The action will help keep more local dollars here to serve local youth,” YSB Executive Director Steve Bernth said. “We’ll also have more flexibility in how we run the organization.”

The public won’t see many changes in how YSB runs its programs. A child’s safety remains top priority, with mandatory background checks conducted on adults who wish to become mentors. The agency also remains affiliated with the Indiana Youth Services Association.

Bernth is also excited in participation in the Mentoring+Mentoring Enhancement Initiative, in which children and families are viewed as active partners, with parents engaged in program planning and implementation.

“Our intent is expansion not only in the schools, but potentially into other locations as well,” he said.

YSB will continue its operations at two locations:

LaPorte — 906 Michigan Ave., (219) 362-9587

Michigan City — 228 W. Fourth St., (219) 879-5151

For more information, call 219-362-9587×104 and visit Youth Service Bureau of La Porte County on Facebook.

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