The objective of the Chisago County Sheriff's Office "Youth First Club" Community Outreach is to promote healthy lifestyles for youth through education and example.
The Chisago County Sheriff's Office is a partner with the Lakes Center for Youth and Families for a "Drug-Free Chisago County." Through this partnership, the Sheriff's Office plays an active role in the "Youth First Club", an after school program serving 4th - 7th grade students.
"Youth First Club" offers kids a safe, structured environment, with adult volunteers, after school until their parents(s) return home from work. Lakes Center for Youth and Families facilitates a 15 minute anti-drug workshop at the start of each session after which youth receive a healthy snack and sign up for a one hour session with an adult volunteer.
Typical sessions include arts and craft activities, scrap booking, nail painting, sports and games, sports card collecting, snowmobile safety, a day in the life of a police officer, making healthy snacks, healthy lifestyles workshops, and more. The program is offered at no cost to over 250 participating youth.