Youth After School Program & Support

Elk River After-School Program

Open to all middle & high school students Monday – Thursday from 2:15pm – 5:00pm

Location: 305 Jackson Ave. Suite B, Elk River, MN 55330

Weekly no-cost mental health activities, including Therapy Dogs from You’re Not Alone, mindfulness activities, and access to mental health resources.

Other activities: Fully stocked art room, games, puzzles, and calming corner space

Partnership with CAER Food Shelf to provide healthy snacks and beverages for every student.

To sign up – have your parent or guardian fill out the participant waiver below or email questions to


Our Rogers location is coming soon!

We are bringing our teen after-school program to Rogers beginning Wednesday, February 7th!

If you are interested in signing up, please fill out the parent waiver form above. Once you are finished filling out the parent waiver form, you will be able to register for the first two dates we will be open:

February 7th and February 14th, 2024!

More information is coming soon!


Parent Waiver Form!

Fill out the form below to fill out the parent waiver form. (this form is required to attend the after-school program)


Sign Up for Rogers After-School Program!

Fill out the form below to nominate a friend or loved one for a Cheer Bag®.

Adultish Hangout Ages 16-19: every Tuesday from 7:00pm-8:30pm

To sign up and for additional information, please contact Maria 612-405-0951.

Location: Thumbs Up – 305 Jackson Ave. Suite B, Elk River, MN 55330

This is a free weekly drop-in group for emerging adults (16–19-year old’s) aimed at facilitating connections between peers as well as supportive leaders. At Adultish we grow through our connections we make with others through art, games, laughter and positive support. While we do not directly address mental health, we believe that social connections are a foundational part of mental wellbeing. We value and welcome all people; we cannot wait to meet you!

Meet the Group Leaders!

Maria “Mia” is a social worker, mom, pug owner, and amateur baker. Lauren is guardian ad litem, and artist.

Suicide Prevention Panels & Presentations 

  • We talk to middle and high school health classes about mental health & suicide prevention.
  • Our hope is that our stories will help students open up the conversation about mental health when they go home and also in their friend groups.
  • The message is one loss to suicide is too many and we must all do our part to continue the conversation about mental illness and that’s it’s okay to ask for help.

Youth-Led Suicide Prevention Programs

  • We currently support the follow youth led suicide prevention clubs annually:
    • Elk River High School – Yellow Ribbon Club
    • Rogers High School – H.U.S.H. (Helping U Seek Help
    • St. Michael-Albertville High School

Partnership Open Doors for Youth 

  • Supporting the Open Doors for  Mental Health Counseling Program.
  • In 2021, Open Doors for Youth’s therapist saw a total of 35 unduplicated youth, for a total of 300 appointments.
  • Of the 300 appointments, 225 were at the center or tele-health, and 75 were through outreach in the Princeton schools (HS and ALC).
  • Their therapist provides therapy at ODFY three days per week.

Would you like more information on how you can partner with Thumbs Up in the youth in your community?

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