About Lakes Center for Youth & Families

We serve residents of the Forest Lake Area School District (portions of Washington & Anoka Counties) and all of Chisago County.

Our Story

Our story begins in 1976, when a group of concerned citizens, law enforcement officers, and educators came together to create the Forest Lake Area Youth Service Bureau, a diversion service to keep first-time young offenders from re-offending. Over the past 40+ years, the programs have evolved to include Counseling and Enrichment programs.   

The mission of Lakes Center for Youth & Families is to ensure the success of youth, adults, and families through programming to meet the ever-changing needs of individuals, families, and our community.

Today, our non-profit has expanded and supports various communities across Minnesota, including the Forest Lake School District in Washington and Anoka counties, as well as all of Chisago County.  

In 2017, on the 40th Anniversary, our team updated their name to Lakes Center for Youth & Families to encompass the family dynamic we serve.

Today, we are proud to offer a full array of services in Counseling, Intervention, and Enrichment for local youth and families. Join us as we re-imagine your possibilities.

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102 - Christa Lachell
103 - Rebecca Bowers
104 - Carrie Niles
105 - Jessie Szmanda
106 - Jenny Birkholz          109 - Linda Madsen
110 - Sara Stromberg
112 - Linda Pasicznyk
114 - Jamie Prettner
116 - Emily Tatum


200 4th St SW
PO Box 970
Forest Lake, MN 55025


LC4YF staff are mostly working remotely.

We are open by appointment only.