1/1/2018 - Donate to YSB through Amazon


Easy way to Donate to YSB!

Simply go to https://smile.amazon.com/. Amazon will ask you what charity you want to support and you can choose Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley. The next time you want to order something from Amazon instead of going to amazon.com go to smile.amazon.com and whenever you purchase something from the smile website, YSB will receive .5% of the sales.

There is no extra cost to you. The items cost the same, the shipping is the same, you can still get prime and free shipping, etc. It works. 

Spread the word!

Such an easy way to help our programs, and our kids… Please pass on to your friends, family, foster parents, everyone!


1/16/2018 - 2018 Stache Bash

Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley has been selected as the recipient of all the proceeds from this year's Stache Bash, which will take place at the Knights of Columbus in Ottawa on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Please come out for a great time, and to directly help the Youth Service Bureau serve the youth and families in our communities.

Follow Stache Bash on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/925085647667365/

2/16/2018 - Get To Know YSB Board Members - Steve Bouslog

Steve Bouslog  Board Vice-President Board Member since May 2016

Welcome to the 2nd installment of getting to know YSB’s Board Members. This aims to give clients, staff, and all persons interested in YSB to see what kind of hard working, passionate people we have helping YSB to achieve our goals daily by following our mission. Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley serves 20 counties in northern and north central Illinois.

Steve and his wife, Carla, reside in Princeton.  They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren…3 of which reside in Arizona (providing them with a great vacation spot!).  Steve started his professional career as a high school teacher at Princeton High School.  He spent 35 years at Citizens First National Bank/Heartland Bank & Trust.  Three years ago he started an independent financial advisory firm affiliated with KB Elliott Financial Advisors and Kestra Investment Services.

Steve has tremendous respect for the mission of YSB, which is “helping young people and families succeed by serving them in their home, school and community”, and honor in serving as a board member. He states that “I am routinely touched by efforts of YSB staff to improve the lives of children who find themselves at a critical point in their lives.”

Originally, Steve served as a board member for the YSB Foundation, and served that Board as President for 3 years.  He was a part of the Foundation Board when the first “Blue Tie Affair” occurred in 2013.  Many dedicated hours from staff and volunteer workers led to great successes that first year and beyond.

His goal is to simply help YSB achieve its mission by approving sound policies and helping to maintain quality staff members.

2/28/2018 - Children First Program Saves Families from Emotional Trauma

Children First Program Saves Families from Emotional Trauma

The prospect of a divorce can’t help but to have an enormous impact upon the family who is experiencing it. This impact is felt by all of the members of the family, no matter how old, or how young they are. These impacts can often times have a devastating effect upon the children in the family.

The Children First Program strives to lessen the negative impacts by engaging the adults in an interactive class presentation that details the possible negative effects that a divorce can have on a child, and which steps the parent might take to help alleviate or even eliminate the negative impact.

The Children First Program began in St. Clair County, near St. Louis, in 1988, and at YSB in June 2007. It is currently being run by Program/Facility Coordinator, Geoff Franklin, and Redeploy Therapist, Loni Nolte in the Ottawa, LaSalle, and Princeton offices.  

Even though class participation is mandated by a Family Court Judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit of Illinois to divorcing parents, the benefits of the program are substantial and surprising. After going through the program, one participant stated that “I wish that we had been required to take this class before I got married. If we had, then maybe we would not be getting a divorce now.”

The class is one, 4-hour session which includes presentations and group discussions on topics such as the cause of conflict and paying attention to the emotional well-being of the children involved.  Geoff and Loni both encourage participants to come to class with an open mind, and to “not be afraid to talk about your own experiences. Doing so can help other participants and yourself out, and work towards putting the child’s mental stability as a top priority.”

After completion of the class, it is up to each participant to continue on in their journey towards healthy family relations with their children and their ex husband or wife. Geoff adds his advice to “try not to dwell on what is now in the past. Take this opportunity to make healthy emotional changes and score some happiness for yourself.”

Additional Resources for parents include:

Steve Covey’s 90/10 Principle is a good place to start. It is very short, easy to understand and can put things in perspective when you are under stress.
Raising Resilient Children – Robert Brooks & Sam Goldstein
101 Ways to Make Your Child Feel Special – Vicki Lansky
The Incredible Years – Carolyn Webster-Stratton
Our Family Meeting Book – Elaine Hightower & Betsy Riley


For more questions on the Children First Program or any other service offered at Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley, please call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. at 815-433-3953, or visit us on the web at www.ysbiv.org. You may also find us on Facebook, Twitter (YSBofILValley), and Instagram (ysbiv17).

Pictured below are Geoff Franklin and Loni Nolte