• 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

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Summer Boot Camp schedule is out!


    Don’t let your summer slip by without taking part in one of the 5 Pocket Full of Feelings Parent Boot Camps.  The evaluation results are in from this great project and it is a resounding YES for how it is helping parents and families.

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    “They won’t quit playing with it or reading the book.  They are even making up their own games.  This makes ME feel excited!  Thanks again.”  – Boot Camp participant Darcy Hodges

    To see this summers Boot Camp schedule click below!

    boot-camp flier

  • 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.

  • measure 91Marijuana – “What About the Children” A community Conversation

    Presentations from the following:

    Name Who they represent Where they work
    Jeff Justesen
    Wasco County Juvenile Dept.
    Anita Iken
    Business community
    Oregon Employment Division
    Dr. Patrick Grimsly
    Medical / health
    Candy Armstrong
    NWCSD #21
    Jay Waterbury
    Law Enforcement
    City of The Dalles Police Dept.
    Aimee Brink
    Maria Pena
    North Central Health Dist.
    Sandee Burbank

    What are you most concerned about regarding marijuana and young people

    • Attitudes towards use
    • Second-hand smoke
    • Children and the additional availability of marijuana
    • Not enough positive things for our youth to be involved in … need something to help them feel wanted so they don’t use drugs
    • Edibles and availability of edibles to children/friends – people not aware of infusion

    Identify key strategies that you think our community needs to develop in order to be prepared to have a comprehensive message regarding underage marijuana use

    • Space and support for kids (things to do and positive role models)
    • Youth education /decision-making skills
    • Education for parents / grandparents
    • Overall education for community members
    • Need to have clear and consistent messaging from family and extended family members – not okay for underage use
    • Need to start prevention education earlier
    • “whole village to raise a child”
    • Improve testing for more substances
    • Stronger consequences for violating law
    • Better monitoring strategy
    • Strategy that includes emotional identification and education to strengthen families
    • “What About the Children” official campaign
    • Reaching out to troubled youth / at-risk youth
    • Education on how marijuana impacts body/brain

    Who do you think are the most important “key players” are in this issue

    • Parents
    • Peers
    • Schools
    • Law enforcement
    • Center for Living
    • Next Door
    • Faith community

    What additional information do you need to know regarding marijuana

    • Second-hand THC absorption
    • Is there a difference between alcohol and marijuana as far as Oregon allows parents to give their own child in their own home alcohol – is marijuana the same
    • Does the measure change anything for employers – drug testing


  • 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, debbyj@co.wasco.or.us


    “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.”


  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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; http://www.stopbullying.gov/respond/on-the-spot/index.html


  • 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 survivorday.org and youththink.net

    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.