O-I-See Youth’s Motto: “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -A.A. Milne
O-I-See Youth Strategies was established in 2011 driven by a need outside our school and supportive systems for children, families, and professionals. We offer support, guidance, and tutoring for youth (ages 4-18) and families in a safe and confidential setting. Our services are only offered in a one-to-one setting in order to truly discover the strengths, abilities, and gifts of every unique person. On occasion, we offer youth group settings and parent workshops on various K-12 emotional, social, and educational topics.
We believe ALL children can succeed in life. We also believe in evaluating how the history of a child’s journey has affected him/her verses viewing something as being “wrong” with the child. We do this by providing children with tools of awareness, positive choice, and options for building confidence. Families and professionals are able to celebrate the common goal with youth: children succeeding at home, at school, and in the surrounding community.
Owner & Creator
Jennifer received her Masters of Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling in 2010, and pursued helping outside the school systems, full-time, through O-I-See Youth Strategies. She has extended her education through the American School Counselor’s Association, Wisconsin Counselor’s Association, Suicide workshops, and much more. She achieved her 2015 goal of officially incorporating a Non Profit called O-I-See Family Strategies, and her future goals include expansion of helping more youth through O-I-See Family Strategies.
Jennifer’s passion for excellence and compassion for people is dedicated to making sure families and kids receive nothing less than the best. With pressures on youth, families, state systems, and educators more than ever, it is her goal to be the strongest advocate for parents and children while collaborating with the ever changing support systems. She believes in abilities verses disabilities, and she is also very certain that children are the true experts on what will work best for them. Sometimes all we need to do is ask, allow space/time to listen, and a creative and safe space for them to try their own ideas.
In her own time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family that includes a husband, two teenagers and a cat named Skylar. She also loves to tinker in the O-I-See Youth House gardens, traveling with her family, and loves to connect with nature via hiking or kayaking. She remembers one of her favorite work moments to be when a youth once said, “Ms. Jenny is strict, but fair…and she cares.” Makes sense since she does everything from her heart, and it shows to every single person that comes to O-I-See Youth Strategies.
Jennifer’s Motto: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world. We are the leaders the world has been waiting for.” –Mahatma Gandhi
O-I-See Youth Management
O-I-See Youth Support Managers are the senior members of our staff that have a strong commitment to working with staff, families, and professionals in the community. This team-centered approach allows us to support, guide, and empower each other in a “doing” atmosphere. The end result: Team Members, families, and youth experience personal, emotional, and professional success.
John joined the OISYS team June of 2015 and became the OISYS General Manager in June of 2017. He brings his teaching experience and a Bachelor’s Degree to the team’s list of expertise. After college, he spent two years working with Americorps to facilitate/provide volunteering, tutoring, and mentoring for youth in Western Wisconsin. He learned from this experience that every challenge has a solution, and every obstacle is a growth opportunity.
John has found that his hobbies and perspectives have allowed him to meet children and young adults where they are, and form a quick bond based on shared interests. John is a great lover of board games, video games, as well as competitive card games. He uses this knowledge and passion to interact with kids, and help them to find groups with similar interests. John also enjoys most major sports, including but not limited to: football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. John recognizes that sports are a great way to connect to the community in an active and positive group setting.
When he isn’t out and about exploring his own corner of the world, John can usually be found listening to music from a multitude of genres. John understands that music is a universal language, that everyone can relate to music in some capacity, and generally they enjoy sharing their favorite music with others. John finds that his eclectic musical preferences help him to create a quick connection with most of the kids that he works with.
Lead Youth Support Specialist
Karia joined the OISYS team June of 2019 all the way from Barron, WI. She brought with her a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family studies and a well-rounded background working with children from a wide variety of social and economic upbringings. Before joining the O-I-See team, Karia worked in the Special Education Department of the Barron WI school district as well as serving as an assistant program coordinator in the Barron County Birth to Three Program. In this program, Karia worked with both children and parents in order to guide and encourage growth and development. Her experiences have helped her understand the importance of meeting youth where they are at on their journey, through all ups and downs.
Karia’s greatest desire is to help individual youth reach his or her best potential for success. She understands that a person’s past doesn’t always define who they are, or who they will grow to be. Everyone deserves a chance, and it is Karia’s hope that she can affect positive change in the life of everyone she works with.
In her free time, Karia enjoys watching sports and exploring outdoor hobbies such as golf. She is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Wisconsin Badgers. She is excited to expand her work with the youth in the area, and to learn more about what the kids are enjoying these days.
Youth Support Specialists
O-I-See Youth Support Specialists have genuine interest in working with youth, families, and the community. Our YSS team collaborates closely with parents while working with youth individually 4-10 times per month. Youth empowerment is nurtured through support, guidance, and teaching while much of the one-to-one is in a “doing” atmosphere.
Youth Support Specialist
Andrew joined the OISYS team January of 2020, all the way from Iowa State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Before joining the team, he worked as a Mental Health Specialist at Dungarvin where he provided behavioral support to vulnerable adults and their families. The end goal was the same for the whole family: supporting these individuals with independent success.
Andrew found that being available to individuals as they move forward in their lives is important for anyone with goals. He believes that if individuals, and youth, know there are supportive people that want the best for them, they are able to build and maintain confidence in themselves to be the best they can be.
In his free time, Andrew enjoys exercising. This is often through biking and weight lifting, but mostly rock climbing in the Twin Cities area climbing gyms. Andrew also enjoys spending quality time with friends and family over a cup of coffee and board games. He lives his life believing that focusing on quality living is a great way to build a strong foundation and lasting relationships.
Youth Support Specialist
Cassie joined OISYS as a Youth Support Specialist in June, 2020. Before coming to OISYS, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelors Degree of Social Work. She has experience working with youth and families in the Twin Cities-Metro area. From schools to community organizations, Cassie has worked with youth of all ages and from all backgrounds of life.
Cassie has a passion for working with youth and families. She believes everyone is able to build on the strengths that they have, and that everyone has the ability to succeed. It is her hope, that everyone is able to see the best in themselves, and that she can assist in directing them in the right way.
When she is not working, Cassie is usually outside. In the winter she spends her time cross-country skiing, and in the summer, she is a frequent visitor of the State and County Parks. Any time she has left is spent with her dog, friends, and family.
O-I-See Youth Strategies’ “Helpers” make a vital contribution to our team’s work, families, and youth. Their duties range from maintaining the offices, organizing schedules, and saving the day by being hands on when someone needs something done right away. They are the team’s consistent grounding point for our #1 priority: Youth Success.
Conner joined the O-I-See Youth team June of 2018 as he pursues completion of his high school journey. His passion continues to be doing the best he can in all roles of his life: student, sports team leader, sports team member, son, brother, grand-son, and friend. He enjoys all aspects of playing and watching football and basketball, while spending time with friends all year round.
Conner dedicates most of his free time to helping family, spending time with friends, or being outside. Throughout the year, he also enjoys fishing, white tail hunting, and like most teenagers, playing video games. Conner also finds time to volunteer for various church programs, human service projects, and community events.
Conner thinks that no matter the situation, a child should be able to thrive while having the necessities to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He is an excellent example of integrity, work ethic, and empathy. We are very proud not only to have him part of our team, but we are also impressed with his dedication to be an example for all of humanity.
Logan joined the OISYS Team August of 2019 as he pursues completion of his high school degree. He spends his days going to school, playing sports such as football or basketball, and spending time with family and his two brothers.
Logan enjoys being active with various sports, spending time with friends, and going to the beach during the summer months. Like many teens, he also enjoys playing video games. He is known to be a great helper for various fundraisers along with helping in the community as well.
Logan thinks there is always a positive outcome as long as a person is open to encouraging and helpful guidance. He is an excellent example of openness to do what is right, strong work ethic, and curiosity. We are excited for him to be part of our team- not only because of his dedication, but also as an example for other youth at O-I-See Youth Strategies.
In the midst of a world pandemic, and even during “normal times”, Lauren loves to spend her free time giving to her creative passions as well. She explores this through writing, drawing, finishing digital art, and reading/researching. Like many teenagers she likes to play video games, spend time with friends, and also quality time with her dog Boone and cat Skylar. Her future goals include volunteering at local pet shelters along within hospitals.
“I believe that, no matter what, people should have a chance at a healthy lifestyle, and be able to thrive in a happy and more optimistic environment. They should have a chance to express themselves and be truly happy, and feel like they should be able to be emotionally free from anything that might be weighing them down.” We are very proud to have Lauren join our team with her strong equality values and passions for all living things. She is a great example for many as she grows into her future career of helping in some way.
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