Youth Eastside Services
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A Message from Patti-Skelton McGougan
YES Executive Director

With school out for the summer I'd like to congratulate all the families who watched their graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. It's an exciting time of possibility as they move on to their next steps.

Thinking about these young adults, I can't help but reflect back to the start of the school year, when we got a request from a school about conducting counseling sessions for a group of kindergartners. It was the first time we had ever been asked for a session for children so young and quite frankly, it troubled me.

I think about those youngsters are we head into these summer months, when kids are out of school and don't have easy access to resources they need. Distress doesn't stop when classes do, so it's even more important for us to get the word out that we are here (in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish and many teen and community centers throughout the Eastside) for all youth, anytime they need us. Yes, for ALL youth, from families with the means or insurance to pay for services, and those who don't.

Please keep us in mind when a child or teen you know needs our services. And if you'd like to support these young people in getting the help they need, please donate here. Thank you.

A nest egg for YES
Thank you to the Giving Chicks, a Kirkland-based group of philanthropic women (and a few "roosters") for choosing YES as its charity of the month for May. The $1000 donation will go toward our Summer Explorers program, which provides fun and therapeutic experiences for youth ages 10 to 14.

If your group has a similar monthly giving opportunity, please email or call 425.586.2326.

Underage Drinking in Your Home 
Short- and long-term penalties are not worth the price

Many parents face the decision of whether or not to allow teens to drink alcohol in their homes. Often parents say, "I'd rather have my kids and their friends drinking in my house than driving around drunk."

Many well-intentioned parents think that letting their children drink responsibly in their home will teach them how to drink responsibly and will prevent them from drinking elsewhere. Unfortunately, this does not prevent teens from drinking outside the home with their friends.

You face legal liability if an underage child who has consumed alcohol in your hom is caught or involved in an accident. In Washington, it is against the law to sell, give or otherwise supply or permit alcohol to be provided to an underage person. If you are charged with breaking the law (a gross misdemeanor), you face a maximum fine of $1000 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year. 
Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

About Youth Eastside Services
And what we do for kids & 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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