Aug 212016

Pocket Full of Feelings

Pocket Full of Feelings Parent Boot-Camps

 Don’t be left out of the experience that is changing the lives of families in our community.  In just two short hours, this groundbreaking and very powerful effort is helping Wasco County parents better understand and connect with their child and other family members. For more information  please call 541-506-2673.

 Use this link to read more about the program and dates:  Boot Camp Flyer


 Posted by at 9:59 pm
Dec 022015
talk they hear you app

Talk. They Hear You. Underage Drinking Prevention

“Talk. They Hear You.” Application

Practice talking to your kids about the dangers of alcohol. Prepare for one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your kids about underage drinking. SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” app is available on desktop computers and on the go from your phone. Watch this quick video to see how the app works by clicking on this link.

Info about the app

 Posted by at 9:07 am
May 012015
Crop -1 (Mobile)

Debby and award w girls Three-1 (Mobile)After receiving an award and a flag that has been flown over the capital, YouthThink gave a gift to Senator Merkley. Debby Jones, coordinator for YouthThink, quipped… “Senator, we understand that often in your dealings with congress you need to use good emotional literacy skills. Our youth thought that having this symbol, one of our leis, used in our “Do Something” event to help us dealing with feelings in appropriate ways, might be a good tool for you to have as our senator.” The crowd laughed. Senator Merkley liked the YouthThink slogan — Don’t just think about it… DO SOMETHING about it.

Sep 092014
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Local area residents may now drop off their expired or unwanted prescription and over the counter medications thanks to a permanent drop box recently installed at The Dalles Police Department. The location is 401 Court Street in The Dalles. Residents may drop off their household prescription and over the counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and pet medicines. Not accepted are needles or sharps, thermometers, and medical waste and equipment. The drop box is available Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, no questions asked.


 Posted by at 12:07 pm

Free Family Movie “Home”


YouthThink, The City of The Dalles and Columbia Cinema have joined together in a program of eight free Saturday movies, January 9th through February 27th.  All movies start at 10:00 am, with the doors opening at 9:15 am.  Due to the popularity of the events, the doors close at 10:10 am or earlier if the maximum of 400 people have already arrived. Admission is free and open to all ages. Donations of food for the local food bank would be appreciated.

“The new marijuana law; what it means to the children of Wasco County.”

measure 91

RE Community event:

“The new marijuana law; what it means to the children of Wasco County.”

Detail brief:  Community Discussion, June 9, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Riverenza, 401 East 10th St, The Dalles. Hosted by YouthThink

Contact: Debby Jones, YouthThink Coordinator, 541-506-2673,


“What about the children?” With the rollout of State Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana in July, YouthThink is encouraging the community to be prepared to answer that big question. Research has shown that when marijuana was legalized, youth’s perception of harm from marijuana use was lowered.

YouthThink is sponsoring an informative conversation, “The new marijuana law; what it means to the children of Wasco County” on June 9, 6:30 to 8 pm, at the Riverenza, 401 East 10th Street, The Dalles, with mini presentations from segments of our community: Law Enforcement, Juvenile Department, Medical, Schools, Youth, Treatment Services, Parents, and Business. The event is free and desserts will be provided.

The discussion will only focus on how we can help our youth. It is not a debate on the law or a discussion of whether marijuana is either good or bad, but an important opportunity to discuss a strategy on how best to help our children.

Debby Jones, YouthThink coordinator, states…“Our community must provide an environment in which our children are safe and receive factual information regarding any type of substance or risky behavior. Every child can succeed when adults believe in them and create safe communities for them. Marijuana use for those under 21 is never part of that equation. I think that is common ground we can all stand on.”


May 282015
This campaign grows bigger each summer.  If you want a lawn/yard sign, just email YouthThink.

This campaign grows bigger each summer. If you want a lawn/yard sign, just email YouthThink.

Parents who give alcohol to their teen and/or their teen’s friends under any circumstances, even in their own homes, are breaking the law. There are many health-related consequences of youth consuming alcohol including negative effects on brain development, deviant behavior including stealing and skipping school and a greater risk of becoming alcohol-dependant later in life. Our youth deserve to live and grow to adulthood in an environment where alcohol is not misused. Let’s be unified in our message, and host alcohol-free parties with plenty of fun activities to show our youth that we care about their future.

 Posted by at 6:43 am
Apr 062015
crop volunteers w Dr Corwin (Small)

YouthThink and the 2015 Movies were a big success!

Thanks to your support YouthThink was able to break a four year attendance record at our Free Family Saturday Movie program.

$58.05  Dollar amount donated in cash to  the area Food Bank.

  4,515  The total weight in pounds donated to the area Food Bank.

  3,200 The total number of seats that were filled at the 8 movies.

   1,667 Number of Parent Tip Cards that were handed out emphasizing the importance of emotional literacy.

     507  The largest number of people attending any of the movies.

     500  The total weight in pounds donated to the Back Pack program.

     110   Number of volunteer hours donated for the eight weeks.



crop volunteers w Dr Corwin (Small) Inside movie theater w Poffer-1 (Small)

Nov 222014
girl being bullyed

What about bullyingpicture bully ?

“Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.”

Learn how to stop bullying;


 Posted by at 5:25 pm

Suicide Survivors Day


Have you lost a loved one to suicide? In over 250 cities internationally, including The Dalles, Survivor’s Day for the survivors of suicide loss takes place on November 22nd.  Join with others in the Gorge who have had similar experiences. YouthThink, serving Wasco and Sherman counties, is hosting the local Survivors Day Event, November 22, in the Board Room at Columbia Gorge Community College, 9 am to 1 pm. See the websites at and

Wasco County hosts an event that is happening on the same day all over the world.

Wasco County hosts an event that is happening on the same day all over the world.

Do Something Day


Full Details coming soon.

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