Holly Area Youth Assistance (HAYA) is a community-based prevention organization developed by volunteers who live and / or work in the Holly Area School District (HAS). HAYA is co-sponsored by HAS, the Townships of Groveland, Holly, Rose and Springfield as well as the Family Division of the Oakland County Circuit Court. Additional funding is obtained through grants and local fundraising efforts.
The Holly Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a breakfast that honored the 10 young people of Holly who have been and are exemplary in various ways and serve as role models for their peers.
Tena Alvarado, President of HAYA, said, “They have all done some pretty amazing things in the past year. All of the adults in attendance were really impressed with what these kids accomplished.
Alvarado said the services below align with HAYA’s mission to empower youth and families and prevent and reduce delinquency, neglect and abuse through community participation.
HAYA SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
Case Services provide confidential, short-term, voluntary counseling to youth and their families residing in the Holly School District. Please call the HAYA office for a referral form or for more information.
HAYA Adult Volunteers are matched with a student aged 5 to 17 on an individual basis with the goal of providing a positive role model. volunteers are invited to devote 1 to 2 hours per week with their game for 1 year.
Camp scholarships are available to youth residing in the Holly Area School District who are interested in a day camp, overnight camp, or specialized camp experience. The scholarships are intended for eligible young people between the ages of 5 and 16.
Enrichment of students / Reinforcement of skills
HAYA offers scholarships to qualified young people who would benefit from a learning experience outside of school. Programs often include sports, music, art and recreation.
School supplies are provided to eligible students that are specific to the student’s grade level and the school attended. Students can also choose a backpack from those provided by HAYA.
Musical instruments are loaned free to eligible students so that they can join the middle or high school marching band program. Students must return the instrument once they have graduated or are no longer in orchestral class.
Jacobson-Quinn Toy Project
Dick Jacobson (a former HAS teacher) and Doug Quinn (a former HAYA social worker) started this program in 1982 to ensure that every child in the Holly community receives a Christmas present. The program is funded by individuals, businesses, churches and civic organizations who donate toys and / or money to this project.
HAYA offers a variety of programs aimed at improving communication between parents and their children, understanding, child development and improving parenting skills.
Each year, Holly High School graduates have the opportunity to apply for the two Bob Warner scholarships. Applications are available at high school counseling desks as well as at the HAYA office.
Young people are recognized for their voluntary contribution to their community. Applications come from schools, churches and community members who have been helped by a youth. Young people receive a special award signed by local dignitaries. To nominate a young person, please contact their office.
Holly Area Youth Aid (HAYA)