Developing healthy, positive decision-making skills for a brighter future

Programs we offer:

General Assessment

Community Service

Teen Intervene

12 & Under

Chemical Awareness

Nicotine Awareness

Choice & Consequence


Restorative Conference Meeting

Intervention Services

Lakes Center for Youth & Families (LC4YF) Intervention Program works in partnership with parents, schools, and the justice system to develop healthy, positive decision-making skills and interrupt harmful behavior patterns.

Our staff helps youth who are involved in higher-risk behavior understand that they are responsible for the outcomes of their decisions and empower them to make better choices. By using programs designed to reduce problem behaviors, our intervention programs help individuals gain vital development skills that lead to healthier relationships, better decision making, and a deeper connectedness with family and community.

We believe the advice, guidance, and involvement of parents and guardians is essential for a youth’s success in life. Through parent/guardian involvement in this program, positive values are reinforced and integrated into daily life.

Intervention Program Options:

A one-hour intake appointment with our Intervention Manager, where we take an assessment using the MAYSI-2 and YLS screening tools. The results of those tools, combined with the staff interview, are used to assign program components based on the risk level of reoffending and are referred to appropriate programs and classes. (Parents/Guardians also must attend, $25 fee)

Individual programming is a great opportunity for youth to learn and be heard. Give us a call to learn more about Twelve & Under, RSP, INDEPTH, and Restorative Conference Meetings.

Lakes Center for Youth & Families (LC4YF) is proud to offer Chemical Services, including a Chemical Health Screen, a Chemical Health Assessment (Rule 25) & Teen Intervene programming.

A half an hour meeting discussing community work service options. (Parents/Guardians also must attend, $15 fee)
Lakes Center for Youth & Families offers three classes to assist youth. The three classes are: Tobacco/Nicotine Awareness, Chemical Awareness, & Choice & Consequence.

Our Approach

Our Intervention program is based on four restorative justice values:

  • Crime is a violation of people and relationships
  • Crime creates obligations to make things right
  • Justice involves the victim, offender, and community
  • Justice seeks solutions that promote repair, reconciliation, and reassurance

Our Intervention Staff:

Sarah Curtis, MA

Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School. She has over 10 years of experience working in substance use prevention and program development, and has spent the last 4 years working with youth. She appreciates the importance of guiding youth in understanding the impact of their choices and works with them through the Intervention Program to strengthen their decision making skills.

Contact LC4YF!

Directory/Extension #

101 - Sarah Curtis
102 - Lindsay Doten
103 - Rebecca Bowers
104 - Carrie Niles
106 - Jenny Birkholz
107 - Emma Norwood
108 - Jenna Jones
109 - Linda Madsen
111 - Clarissa Zemke
112 - Linda Pasicznyk 
114 - Jamie Prettner


20 Lake Street North, Suite 103, Forest Lake, MN


LC4YF staff are mostly working remotely.

We are open by appointment only.