Youth Service Bureau
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”….Franklin D. Roosevelt
At the annual meeting of the Bloomingdale Township Board of Auditors on April 14, 1970, a resolution was passed establishing a Township Committee on Youth. The importance of this resolution was the recognition by the Board that meeting youth needs and combating juvenile delinquency are community responsibilities. In 1997 a new resolution was passed to create the Youth Service Bureau. The Youth Service Bureau is a community-based agency, that routinely delivers the kind of resource proven to be effective in helping children and their families move toward finding workable solutions. We strive to provide a comprehensive program of human resources to meet the unique needs of our youth and their families. Working cooperatively with various community groups, such as the police, schools and community mental health agencies, allows the Youth Service Bureau to deliver more concise and timely assistance to youth and their families. The two major service areas of the bureau are: Family and Youth Counseling and the Youth Education and Employment Program.
Effective parenting, in certain instances, involves acquiring professional support. The Family Counseling Program is designed to offer parents and their children an opportunity to engage in a process by which problems of childhood and adolescence are discussed and addressed in a constructive and effective way. This program is designed to help family members clarify problem issues and initiate a “family plan” geared toward finding acceptable solutions.
Helping youth with school-related problems is another service provided by the Counseling Program. Here, parents and their children can discuss anything from ways to improve study habits to major school conflicts and truancy.
Resource & Referral Service
The Youth Service Bureau maintains an updated resource file of reputable services for Bloomingdale Township, as well as for DuPage County and the Metropolitan Chicago Area. Upon request, the staff refers individuals to agencies best suited for their particular needs.
The Youth Services Bureau also participates with the DuPage County Juvenile Officers Association, the Bloomingdale Character Counts Coalition, and the Association of Illinois Township Committees On Youth.
For more information, please call (630) 893-6685.