Waterford Youth Assistance
5640 Williams Lake Road, Suite 201 Phone: 248-618-7383
Waterford, MI 48329 Fax: 248-618-7392
Strengthening Families Through Community Involvement
Waterford Youth Assistance (WYA) is an active group of community leaders and representatives guided by professional staff whose mission is to help strengthen youth and families and to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency, child neglect and child abuse by providing positive alternatives, through short term counseling and volunteer involvement.
The organization is over 60 years old and is continually striving to impact the lives of youth and families in the Waterford community.
WYA has numerous committees and activities. The Board of Directors believes that the entire Waterford community is a vital part of this organizations's success and therefore encourages the citizens of Waterford to be a part of the events, accomplishments, and future goals.
WYA's programs are community based and developed by volunteers who live or work in Waterford. Professional staff serve as advisors to this non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Programs and services are sponsored by Waterford Township, Waterford School District and the Oakland County Circuit Court - Family Division.
We are always in need of volunteers and can find a place for your interest. Our programs include Bucket of Love, Camping Scholarships, Family and Youth Education, Fundraising, Public Relations and Volunteer Development, Shoplifting Prevention, Youth Enrichment, and Youth Recognition - we are always looking for new, interactive "hands-on" preventative programs that help us to achieve our mission.
WYA Executive Committee
President — Stephanie Arndt
Vice President — Judge Jodi Debbrecht-Switalski
Treasurer — Barry Fogel
Secretary — Trisha Crowe
Fundraising — Margie Greenfield
WYA Volunteer Program Chairpersons
Bucket of Love — open
Camp Scholarships— Trisha Crowe
Family Education — Iris Carey
Finance & Budget — open
Fundraising — Margie Greenfield
Mentors Plus — Grant Smith
P/R & Membership Committee — Donna Blaine
Shoplifting Prevention — Howard Piotrovsky
Youth Enrichment — SueAnne Roth
Youth Recognition — Christie Kay
Oakland County Caseworker — Candy Hlivka
Secretary — Michele Liotino
2014 Annual Youth Recognition Night
WYA recognized 76 Waterford students at the Annual Youth Recognition Night on April 23, 2014 at Waterford Kettering High School Performing Arts Center. Students were nominated for their outstanding community service and acts of kindness ranging from helping autistic classmates or mainstreaming into the classroom, fundraising for school activities, the homeless shelter and local nonprofits as well as organizing a homecoming dress event. Congratulations to Lauren Benning for receiving the Betty Fortino Award for her outstanding community service in the Pontiac schools and during her Haiti mission trip.
Got Caught – Now What? 2014
Howard Piotrovsky, Assistant Director of Public Safety at Great Lakes Crossing, presented the Got Caught — Now What? to 796 fifth grade students at all twelve elementary schools. This was the fourth year that we had 100% participation by all of the elementary schools in the 15 plus years of presenting this program. He presents a convincing crime prevention message about shoplifting to the students which encourage them to resist peer pressure especially when they enter middle school. An informational brochure was also given to students to take home to their parents.
Youth Enrichment and Summer Camp Scholarships
Waterford Youth Assistance offers Youth Enrichment and Summer Camp scholarships to help a Waterford student attend an activity they might not be able to due to financial constraints. Applicants must meet the financial requirements with the W2, bridge card, disability or WSD free /reduced lunch program paperwork. Download the .pdf file or contact the WYA office for an application.
Bucket of Love
Dan the Creature Man brought his exotic animals to the Drayton Plains Nature Center for a spectacular Bucket of Love event. Twenty-five Bucket of Love mentees and their mentors were treated to an exclusive nature show. Animals included an albino snake, chinchilla, hedgehog, tortoise, bullfrog, alligator, parrot, skink and tarantula. The 2013/14 year wraps up with an End of Year breakfast celebration for mentees, mentors, principals and social workers at Nick's Country Oven. WYA is always looking for more Bucket of Love mentors for the program which runs during the school year. Contact the WYA office for more information.
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