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Free Youth Groups!

The Voices Empowerment Group (Voices) encourages girls, to seek and celebrate their “true selves” by giving them a safe space, encouragement, structure and support to embrace their important journey of self-discovery. A strength-based approach helps them identify and apply their power and voice as individuals and as a group focusing on issues that are important in the lives of adolescent girls. Topics include learning about self, connecting with others, exploring healthy living and planning for the future. The aim of the program is to provide education and supportive counseling geared toward the specific needs of adolescent girls.
6th- 8th Grade for 8 Mondays starting October 19th @ 3 pm
Meeting Dates: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
Register HERE

Building Champions (Champs) is a small-group counseling program. The program is designed to help middle school boys build trust, respect, and peer connections while reducing classroom conflict, discipline issues, and anxiety. Building champions uses many active learning activities that will help maintain students’ interest and allow them to practice targeted skills while learning. This group program should meet weekly over the course of eight weeks. Over the course of the group, youth will learn that the true test of champions starts from within!
6th – 8th Grade for 8 Wednesdays starting October 14th, 2020 @ 4 pm
Meeting Dates: 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9
Register HERE

Dance Therapy is a small-group counseling program. Dance therapy is allowing youth to use movement to express a wide range of emotions. Dance therapy is designed to promote the connection between the mind and body to promote health and healing. The program is designed to aid upper elementary through middle school youth express themselves physically and emotionally. Emotionally, Dance therapy can help improve self-awareness, self-confidence and provide an outlet for children to express and communicate feelings. The group program will meet for six weeks. Join us as we move and groove into a stronger you!
Ages 8-14 for 6 Tuesdays starting October 13th @ 3 pm
Meeting Dates: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17
Register HERE

Your Input is Requested – Meeting the Needs of Trauma Survivors in DeKalb County

Sixty-six percent of the general population has been traumatized at some point. Eighty percent of workers feel stressed on the job. When you combine a traumatic experience and stress, the risk for adverse workplace behaviors can be high.  It is estimated that 1 million workers are absent each day due to stress, and the number of employees calling in sick due to stress-related symptoms is on the rise. Traumatized workers are compromised in their ability to learn, think, manage change, and relate to others. They are more likely to have mental and physical health problems, including depression and substance abuse, two of the costliest health problems in the workplace today.


A Planning Committee is leading the effort to analyze the needs of trauma survivors in DeKalb County.  The planning process allows us to plan for and design a community-based center with coordinated, integrated and co-located services to support the entire County with concentrated focus on serving the under-served populations in the City of DeKalb.


The purpose of these surveys is to obtain a wide range of opinions from various stakeholders regarding the available resources for trauma survivors in DeKalb County and needs of trauma survivors that ought to be addressed.


  1. Trauma Survivor Survey:  As a part of the Needs and Gaps assessment we would like to hear more from the residents in DeKalb County that have experienced trauma and received various services. This information is completely confidential and will be used to improve how services are provided in DeKalb County to individuals who have experienced trauma and explore the possibility of developing a community-based center for people who have experienced trauma that would house multiple service agencies.  The survey is offered in both Spanish and English.

  1. Businesses/Stakeholder Survey:  If any staff at your company have not received a link to complete this survey please ask them to do so.


Please share it far and wide with employees, partners and customers. Please have them respond by Friday July 3rd at the latest.

Resources for Families!

Fun ways to spend time at home!

Time Capsule for COVID-19

Brookfield Zoo Chats on You Tube

Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford

Check out the Museum of Science and Industry. You can sign up for “Science at Home,” which includes activities and videos.

SciTech Hands on Museum


Don’t forget about rainy days…
Do you enjoy LEGOs?


Resources for Immigrant Families/ Recursos Para Familias Inmigrantes

National Resources/ Recursos Nacionales

Protecting Immigrant Families/ Protegiendo a las familias inmigrantes Click HERE!


Illinois State Resources/ Recursos del estado de Illinois

Resources for Immigrants During the COVID- 19 Crisis/ Recursos para Inmigrantes Durante la Crisis de COVID- 19 Click HERE!

We Are Going Digital!

Due to the CoVID-19 outbreak, many of our youth won’t be able to continue services. However, we are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer telemental health services to ensure continuity of care. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Garlington, our Clinical Director- Therapeutic Group Services at (815) 748-2010.

Victims of Community Violence eligible for free services

Youth and teens are experiencing high levels of victimization. Crimes that are happening against young people range from neglect and abuse to homicide and assaultive violence.  These traumatic events can affect a victim’s entire lifestyle.

To help our youth and families move forward and heal from community violence, YSB pursued and received a grant for Victims of Community Violence Services: Funding provided by Award No.16-VA-GX-0027 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice.

For this grant, youth victims of community violence are defined as:

“Minor victims who directly experience or witness violent crime in the home, school, work, or neighborhood.”

Acts of violence covered under this grant include:

  • Assault and Battery (includes threats of violence)
  • Bullying (cyber, physical, verbal)
  • Burglary
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse or Assault (Includes teen sexual assault) – Eligible for FREE service at Safe Passage – 815-756-5228
  • Domestic and/or Family Violence
  • Gang Related Violence
  • Gun Violence
  • Robbery
  • Survivors of Homicide Victims
  • Teen Dating Victimization – Eligible for FREE service at Safe Passage – 815-756-5228

Services are available to the youth and the family. Click here to download our brochure: Youth Brochure DCYSB (3)