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Birmingham Youth Assistance offers positive activities and support for children

Birmingham Youth Assistance offers positive activities and support for children
(Ann Nazareth Manning, and Jill Reichenbach Fill, April 28, 2019)

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Birmingham, MI – We like to say that Birmingham Youth Assistance (BYA) is “the city’s best kept secret.” Few people know that we have been here for almost 60 years to support young people who are facing major challenges in their lives. Our professional social worker helps children who reside in the Birmingham Public School District, in all sorts of stressful situations, such as coping with difficult home life, having problems at school or with peers, or face the consequences of a bad decision.

Birmingham Youth Assistance is committed to reducing delinquency, abuse and neglect through community engagement. We work in partnership with Oakland County Circuit Court – Family Division, Birmingham Public Schools, City of Birmingham, Villages of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin, and a group of dedicated volunteers. BYA is the only local agency that provides short-term, low-cost counseling services to young people (17 and under) and their families. We accept referrals from the Admissions Unit of the Family Division of the Court, school counselors and teachers, police departments and concerned parents.

One of the truly life-changing services we provide is giving great kids who have made bad choices a second chance. They could pay for that one case of shoplifting or vandalism for the rest of their lives with a criminal record. Instead, our family court and law enforcement partners refer these children to us and, through counseling and community service, we give them the opportunity to “leave the page”. We also offer school programs aimed at preventing shoplifting.

The other side of the coin is putting the well-deserved spotlight on the kids who are making great choices. Through our annual Youth in Service Appreciation Program, we honor middle and high school students who have shown true dedication to “giving back” to their communities.

Our summer camp program is another treasured gift for many families. Thanks to the financial support of our sponsors and private donors, we are able to offer summer camp scholarships to children who could really enjoy a break from their difficult daily lives and who would experience great personal growth. by participating in a day or night camp. Through the Mentors Plus program, we improve the daily lives of children by providing one-on-one mentors.

Another important part of BYA’s mission is to strengthen families. To this end, we offer a variety of family education programs on topics ranging from building self-esteem and using technology for young people to suicide prevention. Plus, we’re excited to offer a variety of fun family events. For 26 years, our breakfast with Santa has been a Birmingham holiday tradition. At Touch-a-Truck, toddlers get the chance to get “up close and personal” with a variety of exciting vehicles such as fire trucks. Finally, for 38 years, we’ve been inviting kids and their furry friends to compete in wacky categories, including Waggiest Tail and Best Costume, at our Kids Dog Show.

If you would like to learn more about BYA or be part of this wonderful organization, call (248) 203-4300 or visit www.BirminghamYouthAssistance.org.

Events to come:

Hit a truck – May 18, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bingham Farms Elementary, Bingham Farms, MI

“RedRaiser” fundraiser for BYA – June 11, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m. at Hazel, Ravines and Downtown Kitchen, Birmingham, MI

At the Birmingham Farmer’s Market – September 15 and October 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa Claus – December 14, 2019, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Townsend Hotel, Birmingham, MI

Dog show for children – February 2, 2020, 1-3 p.m. at Berkshire Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI

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