About

The mission of Lakes Center for Youth and Families (LC4YF) is to “Ensure the Success of Youth.” We do this by strengthening positive connections and relationships youth have with their families and their community. Youth who show up atLC4YF are listened to and empowered with skills to help them shape their futures. The reasons they come toLC4YF may vary – they may want to find ways to help their community, learn how to find and keep a job, develop stronger social skills, build better relationships with their families, or get beyond addiction.

Forty years ago a group of concerned citizens, law enforcement officers, and educators came together to create the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (LAYSB), a diversion service to keep first time young offenders from re-offending. Throughout the years, the agency grew to include afterschool enrichment, leadership and jobs programs, mentoring, chemical health addiction and parenting support, and intervention services, all in response to evolving community needs.

Who we provide services for changed over the years as well, moving from only addressing the needs of troubled kids to having programs that help all youth seeking community connections – and their parents as well.

Whatever the reason, there’s a place for youth at LAYSB. We are committed to making sure every young person that enters our doors can find the resources they need to make their life better.
Learn more about LAYSB’s programs and ongoing work at our full website.