Waterford Youth Assistance
tel 248.618.7383
fax 248.618.7392
waterfordya@msn.com
5640 Williams Lake Road Suite 201 Waterford, MI 48329
Waterford Prevention Leader — Prevention through Community Involvement
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Waterford Prevention Leader — Prevention through Community Involvement
WATERFORD YOUTH ASSISTANCE

MISSION STATEMENT
To strengthen youth and families and to reduce the incidence of delinquency, abuse, and neglect through community involvement.

HISTORY
Youth Assistance began in 1953 with a group of Hazel Park citizens and Juvenile Court Judge Arthur Moore. Together they developed a program to assist troubled youth within their own communities rather than referring them to Juvenile Court. The Y.A. Program has expanded over the years and is now a unit of the Oakland County Circuit Court – Family Division with 26 offices throughout Oakland County. Caseworkers are available in each school district to provide counseling services to youth and their families. These programs exist due to a unique tri-sponsorship with the local government, the local school district, and the Oakland County Circuit Court – Family Division.

All Y.A. counseling and referral services are offered to Oakland County residents free of charge. The participation of youth and their family is voluntary and confidential. Although the program is sponsored by the courts, there is no judicial or legal action.

The organization is over 65 years old and is continually striving to impact the lives of youth and families in the Waterford community. The Board of Directors believes that the entire Waterford community is a vital part of this organization’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 and Oakland County.

SPONSORSHIP
Professional staff serves as advisors to this nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. Programs and services are sponsored by Waterford Township, Waterford School District and the Oakland County Circuit Court - Family Division.