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Anger Management

The Anger Management Program is a skills and education based program where youth and parents can learn alternatives to aggressive behavior.  Many adolescents have difficulty managing anger and aggression and this can impact both the adolescent and the those attempting to work with them. An adolescent’s frequent preference for using such behavior in conflict situations interferes with the positive and constructive behavior they may possess.  The purpose of anger management education and counseling is to: (1)  teach youth in high-risk situations to understand what causes them to feel angry and to act aggressively,  (2) teach techniques they can use to reduce their anger and aggression, (3) facilitate models for proper use of anger management techniques and to provide feedback to participants practicing anger reduction skills, and (4) teach parents the same techniques and to learn how to reinforce what is being taught to their children.

Youthworks will be offering individual counseling and workshops for youth and parents to address the need for anger management and parent-child conflict training.

Contacts

Bismarck

Emily Yanish, LPCC, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, eyanish@youthworksnd.org

Fargo

Cathy Olson, LBSW, Eastern Assistant Executive Director, 701-232-8558, colson@youthworksnd.org

Short-Term Care and Assessment Center

Youthworks shelters provide comprehensive emergency services to runaway youth and their families, as well as, youth experiencing significant parent/child conflict and provide one-time drop-in, and crisis line services to youth who may be contemplating running away and require or seek only a minimal level of service (such as information and referral to other services providers).

Full reunification services are available including individual and family counseling, anger management, mediation, mentoring, and personalized aftercare services. For both runaway and short-term care situations parents or guardians retain custody and reunification is intended to happen within 96 hours, or sooner if possible. Professional assessment is available 7 days a week

Attendant Care is on-call, short term, staff secure holding of juvenile offenders who cannot or do not need to be placed in a physically secure setting and
1. cannot be immediately released to their parents
2. need to be held until a longer term placement can be arranged
3. need to be held while an investigation is being conducted
4. for whom shelter care is not appropriate due to the risk of running

All authorizations for attendant care will go through various law enforcement agencies. Placing agencies have the authority to make placements for up to 24 hours. Placements of 24-48 hours may be allowed by Youthworks but require notification of the Juvenile Court.

Contacts

Bismarck

Anita Bohner, LBSW, Shelter Coordinator, 701-255-6909, anita@youthworksnd.org

Lauren Bosch, B.S., Program Manager, 701-255-6909, lbosch@youthworksnd.org

Jenn Bailey, Shelter Facilitator, 701-255-6909, jbailey@youthworksnd.org

Minot

Katie Ramsdell, B.A., Shelter Coordinator, 701-425-1042, kramsdell@youthworksnd.org

Emily Yanish, LPCC, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, eyanish@youthworksnd.org

Fargo

Katy Van Dyke, M.S., Shelter Coordinator, 701-323-8558, jbailey@youthworksnd.org

Cathy Olson, LBSW, Eastern Assistant Executive Director, 701-232-8558, colson@youthworksnd.org

Grand Forks

Michael Anthony, Shelter Facilitator, 701-741-4970, manthony@youthworksnd.org

Cathy Olson, LBSW, Eastern Assistant Executive Director, 701-232-8558, colson@youthworksnd.org

Diversion / Divert

The Diversion program provides early intervention to youth entering the juvenile court system due to status offense charges. The program helps youth and families address the issues that have led to law enforcement involvement in order to prevent further advancement into the juvenile court system.

Support Services

  • Assessment and counseling
  • Develop a plan to address concerns that led to citation.
  • Individual counseling and case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referral to other Youthworks services including mentoring, family counseling, anger management counseling, academic assistance or independent living groups.
  • Referral to community programs.
  • Progress reporting to the Juvenile Court, as needed.

Eligibility: Youth referred by the Juvenile Court due to citation.

Parental consent is required and parental participation is highly encouraged.

Contacts

Bismarck

Emily Yanish, LPCC, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, eyanish@youthworksnd.org

Fargo

Sam Rogstad, LBSW, Diversion Coordinator, 701-232-8558, srogstad@youthworksnd.org

Grand Forks

Courtney Havilund, Divert Coordinator, 701-741-4970, chavilund@youthworksnd.org

Thomas Cook, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, tcook@youthworksnd.org

Jamestown

Amanda Thomas, Mentor Coordinator, 701-319-8035, tcook@youthworksnd.org

Thomas Cook, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, tcook@youthworksnd.org

Street Outreach / Drop-In Services

The Street Outreach program targets various community locations by reaching out to youth who have runaway, are homeless and those
at-risk.

The program provides immediate harm reduction supplies. Youth are given information regarding available housing services. Immediate referrals to emergency housing is available.

The goal is to reduce the risks associated with sexual exploitation, abuse and other problem behaviors.

Youthworks offers drop-in hours for local in-need youth and young adults ages 15-22 to access our food pantry, clothes closet, personal hygiene items, and household goods. Youthworks’ staff will be available to help youth and young adults pick out what they need and discuss further services that might benefit them.

Hours:
Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

No appointment needed!

  • Confidential Services
  • 24/7 Crisis Phone Line
  • Information & Referral
  • Counseling
  • Youth Shelter
  • Transitional Housing
  • Runaway Prevention
  • Essential Supplies
  • Bus Tokens
  • Safer Sex Packs
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Household Items
  • Hygiene Items
  • Bus Passes
  • Winter Gear
  • Blankets
  • Laundry

Contacts

Fargo

Eril Ryder, Street Outreach Coordinator,701-232-8558, eryder@youthworksnd.org

J’Neil Gibson, Street Outreach Coordinator, 701-232-8558, jgibson@youthworksnd.org

Brandon Baity, LBSW, Program Director, 701-232-8558, bbaity@youthworksnd.org


Anti-Human Trafficking

A program providing direct service and intensive case management to young survivors of human trafficking, including sex and labor trafficking. Services include individual intake/assessment, individual counseling, appropriate service referrals, transportation, and various emergency shelter and transitional housing options. This program aims to help these young survivors (through age 22) establish a safe, healthy, and secure future. Program staff are also available to provide training and community education.

Contacts

Bismarck

Amy Jacobson, LBSW, Human Trafficking Navigator, 701-255-6909, ajacobson@youthworksnd.org

Karlee Liddle, B.S., Human Trafficking Specialist & VOCA Specialist, 701-255-6909, kliddle@youthworksnd.org

Kim Ekart, LMSW, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, kekart@youthworksnd.org

Fargo

Megan Lundborg, LBSW, Human Trafficking Survivor Expert, 701-232-8558, mlundborg@youthworksnd.org

Lizzy Stoutland, LBSW, Human Trafficking Specialist, 701-232-8558, lstoutland@youthworksnd.org

Taylor Lambrecht, B.A., Human Trafficking Specialist, 701-232-8558, tlambrecht@youthworksnd.org

Cathy Olson, LBSW, Eastern Assistant Executive Director (Site Supervisor), 701-232-8558, colson@youthworksnd.org

Kim Ekart, LMSW, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, kekart@youthworksnd.org

Minot

Kim Ekart, LMSW, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, kekart@youthworksnd.org

Williston

Megan Buske, Human Trafficking and VOCA Specialist, 701-850-6016, mbuske@youthworksnd.org

Kim Ekart, LMSW, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, kekart@youthworksnd.org

Dickinson

Brittany Derrow, Human Trafficking and VOCA Specialist, 701-425-7081, bderrow@youthworksnd.org

Analena Lunde, DNP, Human Trafficking Navigator, 701-390-7397,  alunde@youthworksnd.org

Kim Ekart, LMSW, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, kekart@youthworksnd.org

After School Program

The After School Program is a group working with Native American students to provide tutoring services and a supportive network, in the hopes of increasing the students grades, self-confidence, and peer support network.

Students are comprised of 9th-12th graders from 4 local high schools (Bismarck High School, Century High School, Legacy High School and Mandan High School).

Students who attended the After School Program raised their grades by an average of 21 points, or the equivalent of approximately two letter grades

Contacts

Bismarck

McKayla Howling Wolf, LBSW, YCAP Coordinator, 701-255-6909, mhowlingwolf@youthworksnd.org

North Dakota Guardian ad Litem Program

A guardian is a person appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of a child involved in Juvenile Court. The core function of a guardian is an objective examination of the child’s situation to assist the court in understanding the child’s true circumstances and needs. A guardian’s role is to ensure every child lives in a safe, healthy permanent family. Our mission statement is “to provide effective, independent advocacy in the best interest of children before the court”.

Contacts

Bismarck

Barb Oliger, LBSW, GAL Coordinator, 701-255-6909, boliger@youthworksnd.org

Lauren Bosch, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, lbosch@youthworksnd.org

Minot

Barb Oliger, LBSW, GAL Coordinator, 701-255-6909, boliger@youthworksnd.org

Lauren Bosch, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, lbosch@youthworksnd.org

Williston

Barb Oliger, LBSW, GAL Coordinator, 701-255-6909, boliger@youthworksnd.org

Lauren Bosch, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, lbosch@youthworksnd.org

Dickinson

Barb Oliger, LBSW, GAL Coordinator, 701-255-6909, boliger@youthworksnd.org

Lauren Bosch, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, lbosch@youthworksnd.org

Jamestown

Jessica Fleck, LMSW, GAL Coordinator, 701-232-8558, jfleck@youthworksnd.org

Lauren Bosch, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, lbosch@youthworksnd.org

Fargo

Jessica Fleck, LMSW, GAL Coordinator, 701-232-8558, jfleck@youthworksnd.org

Lauren Bosch, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, lbosch@youthworksnd.org

Grand Forks

Meg Morley, GAL Coordinator, mmorley@youthworksnd.org

Lauren Bosch, Program Manager, 701-255-6909, lbosch@youthworksnd.org

Out of School Suspension

Youthworks Out-of-School Suspension program provides meaningful activities and supervision for students suspended from school to help them avoid negative behavior and to teach them the value of service to others. The program was designed in consultation with local schools and consists of assessment/counseling, homework assistance, and community service.   Schools, under certain circumstances, may shorten the suspension upon successful completion of community service, homework and/or progress in addressing issues which resulted in the suspension. The program is offered throughout the school year during the day.   Parental consent is required and releases of information must be signed.  The program is for students enrolled in Bismarck/Mandan schools and Fargo schools.  Referrals are typically made by the schools. Parents must participate in an intake along with the youth and should call Youthworks the day of the suspension to schedule an appointment.

Community Service:   Community service is completed either at Youthworks or various local sites.  Youthworks will provide the transportation to the site.  Parents are responsible for transportation following community service.  Community service will be completed in the afternoons on the days the program runs.

Homework Assistance and Supervision:  Youthworks will obtain homework assignments to be completed during the suspension and provide homework assistance to ensure that the assignments are completed.

Assessment, Problem Solving, Counseling & Referral:    Youthworks’ professional staff have extensive experience working with all types of at-risk youth.

Contacts

Fargo

Madalyn Welty, LMSW, OSS Coordinator, 701-232-8558, mwelty@youthworksnd.org

Caitlin Georgina, Teacher, 701-232-8558, cgeorgina@youthworksnd.org

Thomas Cook, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, tcook@youthworksnd.org

Transitional Living

Youthworks provides short-term transitional housing and support services to homeless young adults ages 18-21.

Eligibility: Available to homeless youth ages 18-21 who do not have a safe and permanent living arrangement. Housing services are available up to 18 months.

Housing: Youth who are eligible may contact Youthworks for an application. Housing is available based on a

2- to 4-week intake process and apartment vacancy. Support services are available immediately.

There is a program fee charged each month. Upon transition into permanent housing, additional financial assistance may be available.

Support Services

  • Furnished apartment
  • Counseling and mentoring
  • Support groups
  • Referrals
  • Educational and employment assistance
  • Independent living skills education
  • Assistance with food, bedding and personal hygiene items
  • Drop-in apartment support/supervision

Contacts

Bismarck

Tesa Curtiss, LBSW, Transitional Living Coordinator, 701-255-6909, tcurtiss@youthworksnd.org

Caitlin Schafer, LBSW, Parenting Pathways Coordinator, 701-255-6909, cschafer@youthworksnd.org

Mark Heinert, LBSW, Western Assistant Executive Director, 701-255-6909, mheinert@youthworksnd.org

Fargo

Casey Bjerk, A.A., Transitional Living Coordinator, 701-232-8558, cbjerk@youthworksnd.org

Sheyenne Puetz, LBSW, Parenting Pathways Coordinator, 701-232-8558, cschafer@youthworksnd.org

Brandon Baity, LBSW, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, bbaity@youthworksnd.org

Parenting Pathways

The Parenting Pathways program provides short-term transitional housing and support services to individuals who are pregnant
or parenting.

Eligibility: Available to homeless pregnant or parenting young adults ages 18-21 who do not have a safe and permanent living arrangement. Housing services are available up to 18 months.

Housing: Young adults who are eligible may contact Youthworks for an application. Housing is available based on a 2 to 4 week intake process and apartment vacancy. Support services are available immediately.

There is a program fee charged each month. Upon transition into permanent housing, additional financial assistance may be available.

  • Support Services
  • Furnished apartment
  • Counseling and mentoring
  • Support groups
  • Referrals
  • Educational and employment assistance
  • Parenting education
  • Independent living skills education
  • Assistance with food, bedding and personal hygiene items
  • Drop-in apartment support/supervision

Goals & Expectations

  • Pregnant and parenting youth are required to:
    • Learn parenting skills including:
    • Child development skills
    • Health and nutrition education
    • Family budgeting skills
    • Economic independence skills
  • Attend all required meetings.
  • Actively participate in recommended mental health/chemical dependency services.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, drug and alcohol free living environment.
  • Obtain and maintain employment.
  • Follow program rules as outlined in the housing agreement.
  • Pay program fees.

Contacts

Bismarck

Caitlin Schafer, LBSW, Parenting Pathways Coordinator, 701-255-6909, cschafer@youthworksnd.org

Tesa Curtiss, LBSW, Transitional Living Coordinator, 701-255-6909, tcurtiss@youthworksnd.org

Mark Heinert, LBSW, Western Assistant Executive Director, 701-255-6909, mheinert@youthworksnd.org

Fargo

Sheyenne Puetz, LBSW, Parenting Pathways Coordinator, 701-232-8558, cschafer@youthworksnd.org

Casey Bjerk, A.A., Transitional Living Coordinator, 701-232-8558, cbjerk@youthworksnd.org

Brandon Baity, LBSW, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, bbaity@youthworksnd.org

Day Report

Contacts

Grand Forks

Ann Herbeck, Day Report Coordinator, 701-741-4970, aherbeck@youthworksnd.org

Thomas Cook, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, tcook@youthworksnd.org

Cultural Support Groups

Contacts

Fargo – N8V Youth Circle

Sheyenne Puetz, LBSW, YCAP Coordinator, 701-232-8558, cschafer@youthworksnd.org

Casey Bjerk, A.A., Transitional Living Coordinator, 701-232-8558, cbjerk@youthworksnd.org

Brandon Baity, LBSW, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, bbaity@youthworksnd.org

Fargo – Umoja

J’Neil Gibson, Street Outreach Coordinator, 701-232-8558, jgibson@youthworksnd.org

Fred Edwards, 701-232-8558, fedwards@youthworksnd.org

Brandon Baity, LBSW, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, bbaity@youthworksnd.org

Youth Cultural Achievement Program

The Youth Cultural Achievement project is preventing Native American youth from entering the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Youthworks works with  youth and their families to keep them home and in the community.

The project focuses on crisis and case management, prevention, diversion, anger management and post-adjudication efforts to prevent placement.

Eligibility

  • Youth must be Native American, enrolled or descendant
  • At-risk of entering juvenile court system
  • Not under the custody of Department of Juvenile Services or Social Services

Programming

The Youth Cultural Achievement Project is making existing Youthworks programs more culturally relevant and is helping develop new services. Native American cross-age mentors, elder mentors, educational, social and support groups and cultural, alternative recreation are among the new services being pursued.

Referral

Referrals can be made by any agency working with Native American youth including
the Juvenile Court, County Social Services, Police Youth Bureau, Juvenile Services, schools, Youthworks and other community based agencies.

A screening committee with significant Native American representation will determine which youth are selected for the program.

Contacts

Bismarck

McKayla Howling Wolf, YCAP Coordinator, 701-255-6909, mhowlingwolf@youthworksnd.org

Mark Heinert, LBSW, Western Assistant Executive Director, 701-255-6909, mheinert@youthworksnd.org

Fargo

J’Neil Gibson, Street Outreach Coordinator, 701-232-8558, jgibson@youthworksnd.org

Sheyenne Puetz, LBSW, Parenting Pathways Coordinator, 701-232-8558, cschafer@youthworksnd.org

Fred Edwards, 701-232-8558, fedwards@youthworksnd.org

Brandon Baity, LBSW, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, bbaity@youthworksnd.org

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