FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 7, 2017
Contact: Jeanne Walz
Lakes Center for Youth and Families
Youth center announces upcoming move, calls for community support
The Lakes Area Youth Services Bureau (LAYSB), serving the region and its youth since 1976, announced its plan to move from its current Lake Street location in March to a new, upgraded facility to meet the needs of youth and their communities.
Executive Director Jeanne Walz said the LAYSB’s current site sits in a spot slated by the City of Forest Lake for redevelopment, so the search began for a new home. LAYSB was able to buy space in the Town Square building in the site of a former bakery that will provide the 4,500 square feet of space needed to serve the community, family and young people into the future.
“This move will be a great step forward for our young people needing a supportive community” said Jeanne Walz, Executive Director of LAYSB. “We need our residents and partners to help us help these kids, by chipping in for the costs of our new, improved space.” LAYSB needs to raise a total of $300,000 to renovate, remodel and prepare the new headquarters space before the March move-out/move-in date. Walz said the organization has been “quietly conducting a fundraising campaign with its major donors” and is now seeking support from the broader community to help fill in the remaining gaps.
LAYSB offers many, unique programs to address the difficult problems faced by kids ages 10-17 and their parents. These services will continue, and there are an equal number of activities that give all teens opportunities to learn, socialize, and make friends. Critical offerings like job skills development challenge teens and help them contribute to their community. LAYSB serves the young people and families in Forest Lake, as well as North Branch, Chisago Lakes and other cities, townships and schools districts.
For more information on the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau or to support its campaign, visit its website at https://www.lakesarea40years.org/ where secure, tax-deductible donations are gratefully received. Members of the media are encouraged to use photographs and materials from this site, and to schedule interviews with LAYSB staff and board about the community support campaign.###
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