WYA Community Programs
Waterford Youth Assistance offers many community based programs for youth, adults and seniors to participate. All WYA programs are run by dedicated volunteers and funded through grants, partnerships and donations. Refer to the Contact WYA page to show your interest in becoming a volunteer for one of WYA's rewarding community based programs.
Youth Enrichment Scholarships
Financial assistance is available for Waterford youth to participate in enrichment activities within the community.The Waterford Parks and Recreation Department teams with WYA to provide scholarships to eligible students for enrichment activities for the Waterford Township community education programs. Students are allowed three scholarships in a lifetime. Click on the link below to download the Youth Enrichment Scholarship application form.
Summer Day and Overnight Camp Scholarships
Day camp scholarships are available to qualified applicants to participate in local camps such as the Hess Hathaway Farm Camp and the Drayton Plains Nature Center Adventure Camp. Financial assistance is also available to qualified Waterford youth to attend a week of overnight summer camp at a designated Michigan camp. Last year campers attended CYO Camp in Caseville and Camp Copneconic in Fenton. Click on the link below to download the Day and Overnight Camp Scholarship application form.
Bucket of Love
Bucket of Love senior volunteers meet with select Waterford elementary students in the schools on a one-to-one basis. The students and seniors enjoy activities together on a weekly basis. Throughout the school year, WYA sponsors fun activities for the students to participate with their Bucket mentor including a holiday party with a visit from Santa, a live animal education program at the Drayton Plains Nature Center and an End-of-Year breakfast celebration. The Bucket of Love program coincides with the school year starting in September and ending in June.
Family and Youth Education
WYA family and youth education volunteers plan and offer programs to help parents raise healthy children. Committee objectives are to determine family and youth education needs in Waterford that fill current gaps in services and match the YA mission of preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency and court involvement. The committee conducts workshops and classes to inform and educate Waterford youth. Topics vary from anger management, depression, sexting, fraud, parenting skills and alcohol/drug misuse. Communication about events are sent via Blackboard Connect, email and the WYA Facebook page.
Oakland County Youth Assistance's Mentors Plus program matches caring adults with young people who need a positive adult figure in their lives. Volunteers can choose to work with an at-risk youngster, or they may want to become involved in delinquency prevention or intervention.
MOMS for moms — Building relationships and strengthening Waterford mothers
The joys of motherhood. Some days you wish would never end, some days are never-ending! Every mother needs an outlet to talk about the triumphs and the tragedies of being a mom. If you are seeking female companionship and an open forum to discuss motherhood, MOMS for moms is the avenue. MOMS for moms is partnering with The Well to have monthly discussions about real mom topics.
This WYA committee is evolving but the goals remain — build relationships and strengthen Waterford mothers. So if you are MOM who empowers others or if you are a mom who needs a little boost/moral support, check out our MOMS for moms events. Snacks and activities are provided for the kids. All programs are at The Well located at 2844 Elizabeth Lake Road.
Police and loss prevention officers from Great Lakes Crossing Outlet Mall and WYA team together each year to conduct educational presentations to all fifth grade students in the Waterford School District. For the past five years, the "Got Caught! Now What?" program has had 100% participation in all WSD fifth grade classrooms.
Local youth are honored for exceptional community service. In 2017, over 69 Waterford youth were nominated for their outstanding services to the local community. On April 26, 2017, WYA will recognize another group of outstanding Waterford Youth at the Annual Youth Recognition night at Waterford Kettering High School Center of Performing Arts.