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Talk. They hear you

“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

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Pocket Full of Feelings Parent Boot-Camp

  2016 Classes Added! YouthThink’s Pocket Full of Feelings Parent Boot-Camp 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. Plus with your participation, you will receive your own Pocket Full of Feelings Tool Kit!  Please join us in our journey to assist Wasco County […]

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YouthThink receives award from Senator Merkley

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 […]

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Permanent Drug Take Back Box Installed

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 – […]

Report from Community Conversation event – Underage use of marijuana

Marijuana – “What About the Children” A community Conversation Presentations from the following: Name Who they represent Where they work Jeff Justesen Wasco County Juvenile Dept. NORCO Anita Iken Business community Oregon Employment Division Dr. Patrick Grimsly Medical / health MCMC Candy Armstrong Education NWCSD #21 Jay Waterbury Law Enforcement City of The Dalles Police Dept. Aimee Brink Treatment MCCFL Maria Pena Parent North Central Health Dist. Sandee Burbank MAMA’s MAMA’s What are you most concerned about regarding marijuana and […]


Parents Who Host Lose the Most

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 […]

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YouthThink Movies Big Success!

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. […]

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Working to prevent bullying

What about bullying ? “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 […]


Pot and Our Potential Masterpieces

A message from Debby Jones, Certified Prevention Specialist in Wasco County and coordinator: “Whether measure 91 passes or not, my responsibility as the county Prevention Specialist will remain the same. No matter what the legislation is, YouthThink’s mission is to find a way to help our youth choose never to use or at least make the decision to wait until their brains are fully developed to introduce alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.” Read the October Newsletter.

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YouthThink continues to be one of our community’s best organizations for making changes for our youth’s futures.

Pocket Full of Feelings has really been interesting to me. As a new father I look forward to helping my son better understand his feelings.

Jason Call

Poffer and I loved meeting children and parents in The Dalles who are learning how to deal with how they feel!

A young boy from MCMC's Great N Small Day Care shares a high five with Poffer and Dr. Ann Corwin.