1/1/2018 - Donate to YSB through Amazon

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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!

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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/


1/31/2018 - YSB Helps Clients in Need with Donations from Donors

Christmas is not always the happiest time of the year for everyone. Many families are fortunate enough to spend their holiday opening gifts, eating too much and are surrounded by love. It is easy to take all of this for granted, yet there are many others who are struggling to put food on the table, dealing with medical issues, and coping with intense psychological hurt from recent or past trauma. Gifts are the last thing on their minds.

During this time of year, we can assure that each of our clients, who are sometimes lost to the joys of Christmas, will be taken care of with the invaluable donations that are given to the Youth Service Bureau. One such family comes from our Treatment department.

Eric was reeling from the recent death of his mother. He was not allowed to remain in his father’s care due to past abuse and neglect issues with him and his siblings. Eric found a home when he was placed in the care of his biological aunt, Kathy, who was given legal guardianship of him. His siblings have found a home with other biological relatives. While having to be separated from his siblings at this time, Eric is able to consistently visit with them due to all of their placements being with family members.

Eric’s living quarters are tight, but welcoming. He shares a one-bedroom apartment with his aunt and uncle. In the process of all of this personal turmoil and unexpected upheaval to their lives and home, Eric’s family received very little help from those around them. Through YSB, they have been provided with both individual and family counseling from our Treatment Program on a weekly basis so they can deal with the incredible loss of Eric’s mother and so they can deal with the stress of this new transition in all of their lives. YSB was also able to provide mattresses to Eric and all of his siblings thanks to a very generous donation from Sherman’s and Tempur-Pedic.  All of the children received gifts through YSB’s Star Tree program thanks to the many loyal donors who have been sponsoring children for many years.  A few days before Christmas YSB received a donation of food baskets for our neediest families, his family was chosen so they’d have a happier holiday.  His aunt has said that these gifts have “[given] me one less thing to worry about. It was just a blessing!”.

Kathy and Eric are incredibly grateful for the help that YSB and their donors have given to them. They enjoy talking to their counselors who provide a safe ear and a sense of security. Kathy adds that “Eric and I are treated with respect, no condemnation or accusatory comments, and [their counselor] asks questions and talks WITH us, not AT us.”

In the end, Kathy and Eric feel grateful and calm due to YSB’s help and influence. Kathy has said “without the generosity of YSB during this time, I don’t know how we would have made it…it has been such an awful year of loss and change for the children and myself that I just wanted to make it the best Christmas that I could for them. YSB helped me do that!”.

Thank you from all of the staff and clients at YSB who have benefited from donations given to us throughout the year(s). You make a huge difference in the lives of our youth and families.

If you are interested in learning more about YSB or donating to our cause, please call our main office at 815-433-3953 from  Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or you can visit us on the web at www.ysbiv.com to learn more about our programs, and how we use donations within the community. We are also present on Facebook.


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.