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Pocket Full of Feelings Parent Boot-Camp

  More Classes Added! YouthThink’s Pocket Full of Feelings Parent Boot-Camp  It’s such a success, YouthThink has added more classes!  Experience this groundbreaking and very powerful effort that will quickly help you better understand and connect with your child and other family members. Plus with your participation you can receive your own Pocket Full of Feelings Tool Kit! YouthThink’s Pocket Full of Feelings Boot-Camps are FREE! Several dates that you can choose from to make sure we work around your schedule!  […]

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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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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. […]

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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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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A Drug Prevention Key: Mind Your Meds!

October is Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, and ​October 21st marks the beginning of MIND YOUR MEDS week, a time to show your support for ending teen medicine abuse by safeguarding and properly disposing of medicine you keep in the home. Check the Partnership for Drug Free Kids. One step we can all take is to have frequent conversations with the teens in our lives about the dangers of medicine abuse. Parents, it is important that parents monitor, safeguard and properly dispose of […]

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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.