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Placido came to YES when he was 14 because he was struggling with drugs and gangs. Because of drugs and fights in school he was suspended. He was also fighting and resisting his family efforts to help him; sometimes, he would not come home, many times he did not go to school, and eventually he was referred to YES.
“When I first came to YES, I didn’t care, I didn’t want to talk. But didn’t know I needed help.”
After coming to YES, Placido received the supportive care he needed through our Substance Abuse, Success Mentoring and Latino HEAT programs. Through his involvement with YES, Placido has made positive choices and is now on track to graduate. He has new friends and has reconnected to his passions of art and soccer. He is even giving back as a volunteer mentor to other at-risk-youth.
“I can count on YES for help, they helped me and my family. I was able to think again, reflect and realize that I want to contribute and share my story so that others realize that in this world all challenges can be overcome and that you can go on and get ahead.”
YES helps youth like Placido overcome their challenges through one-to-one counseling, group support and mentorship. You can help, too.
Get involved today:
1. Become a youth mentor.
2. Select Youth Eastside Services during your workplace giving campaign or donate now.
3. Schedule a tour to learn more.
Please email or call 425-747-4937 for information.
What can we do to prevent school violence?
The staff at Youth Eastside Services is saddened by the news today of a school shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School, and we offer our condolences to the families of the victims. This is heartbreaking news for adults; it is even more unfathomable and frightening for children.
So how do we help our kids cope? As parents, we may not be able to protect our children from crisis, but we can react in a way that prevents it from causing undue stress. When disaster or violence hits the news, we sometimes want to hold our kids closer. But it's important to let them go about their usual activities.
When kids hear a story like this, they often have fears about whether it will happen to them. Talk with them honestly about what happened, but don't overly focus on it. Sometimes fear can be allayed in older children by helping them plan what they would do to stay safe if they were caught in a dangerous situation.
Here are some other tips for helping kids:
- Encourage children to talk about their feelings. Ask what they have seen or heard and if there's anything they're worried about. Then give them only as much information as you feel they need, and let their responses guide you.
- Let your children know their fears and emotions are okay by acknowledging their feelings while providing reassurance. Don’t minimize their concerns by telling them not to worry, especially since any subsequent incident will diminish that line of logic.
- During the heat of the crisis, keep the news off when your kids are in ear shot and try not to bring it up excessively. Even young kids absorb more than you realize, even when they don't appear to be paying attention.
- Use the news as a teachable moment when you can share your family values. For instance, you might point out the importance of helping those who are unable to help themselves.
- With older children, use the news to discuss tough issues raised in these stories, like accepting people from different religions or cultures.
It's important to remember that as scary as a random act of violence can be, more kids are harmed by guns in the home. Figures gathered from emergency rooms across the US show that around 20,000 children are injured by firearms each year, and 900 incidents are fatal.
If you own a gun, this is an ideal time for a safety check: keep it locked, out of reach of kids, and unloaded. But even if you don't own a gun, remember your child may still play at a home that has guns, or be exposed to a gun if someone brings it to school or the park.
Tell your children that if another child shows them a gun or they see an adult other than a police officer or soldier with a gun in a public setting, they should absolutely tell you or another adult immediately. If they are alone and have a cell phone, instruct them to dial 9-1-1. Assure them that they won't be in trouble, and that it could help avoid someone getting hurt or killed.
About Youth Eastside Services
And what we do for kids and families on the Eastside
YES is a nonprofit organization and one of the largest providers of youth & family counseling and substance abuse treatment services in the Puget Sound Region. Our staff are trained and experienced in working with youth and offer a depth of expertise that is hard to surpass. They use proven, evidenced-based and best-practice approaches to help youth become healthy, confident and self-reliant and families to become strong, supportive and loving. We offer comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment, prevention and education programs, as well as wrap-around services to help families with basic needs when necessary.
Our services are available in multiple locations around the Eastside and we enjoy partnerships with many nonprofit and government agencies. Since 1968, Youth Eastside Services has been a lifeline for kids and families in East King County, helping to save lives.
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