Ferndale Youth Assistance recognizes students and delivers on promises
(Elizabeth Schanz, June 1, 2022)
Ferndale, MI – After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ferndale Youth Assistance was able to hold its 42n/a Annual Recognition Ceremony for Young Jack and Annette Aronson. However, to accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions, the ceremony was held in a new way, where the three young recipients received hand-delivered awards at their homes and participated in a celebration. with personalized garden signs, gifts and personal congratulations. .
The Youth Recognition Ceremony is just one of many events organized by Ferndale Youth Care to help recognize children in the Town of Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak Township. To receive this award, individuals or groups who are in grades K-12 can be nominated for their volunteer services in the face of adversity.
Ferndale Youth Assistance is a non-profit prevention program that was founded in 1960. Since then, the organization has worked on its mission to strengthen families and reduce and prevent child abuse, neglect and delinquency. children through community participation. Michelle Buckman, co-chair of the Youth Recognition Ceremony and probation officer at Ferndale, said the award furthers the organization’s goal.
“There’s always a place to recognize those kids who excel in academics or in sports, but one of the greatest things about youth recognition night aren’t usually those kids who are at the recognition of young people,” said Baker, “It’s the children [at the Youth Recognition Night] who are facing a roadblock and they managed to circumvent it. They do it with grace and always help each other.
This year’s recipients were Jazlyn Coles, Makayla Johnson and Maggie Strockis. These people were named from a variety of sources and came from University High School, Ferndale High School and Junior Primary. These students have been recognized for their contributions to their community, including leading student organizations, volunteering for those in need, assisting with mental health efforts, and maintaining a positive attitude even in times of difficulty.
Ferndale Youth Assistance social worker Tasha Hanson expressed the impact these people have had on their community, even in the face of adversity, and how these people represent the future of this community.
Hanson said: “It makes you think the world will be fine. Even through all this craziness we’re going through, these kids are going to come out and make this a better place.
Ferndale Youth Aid Programs works actively to provide social assistance services and a host of programs to help local families. Social work provides short-term services to individuals and families in need. Through this effort, they will help people overcome different challenges such as managing anxiety or anger. Also, for longer-term issues such as unemployment, the case processing office will connect individuals to get them the resources they need. Even during the pandemic, FYA has found ways to deliver on its promise to support young people, with Zoom being the main connector, and even reaching out over the phone. And now that the world is recovering, so are children and families.
Community programs are run by volunteers who come together on the board to find resources and what families need. Hanson explained that the organization could not operate without funding through triple sponsorship as well as philanthropic efforts such as those of Jack Aronson, whose youth recognition ceremony is named in memory. Aronson passed away in August, and the awards help push his name forward.
“We receive funding from the Family Division of the Oakland County Circuit Court and we also receive funding and resources from Ferndale Public Schools. They are a huge contributor to us,” Hanson explained, “They not only provide cash but also in-kind needs of office space, internet, photocopier and paper which always add up. And local municipalities such as the City of Ferndale and the Town of Pleasant Ridge.
This funding enables Youth Aid to establish primary programs such as various scholarships ranging from summer camp programs to student enrichment funding to help students achieve their goals. These programs help children take advantage of opportunities that they would not normally be able to seize without this help.
Tasha, “Some kids in Ferndale never even got out of Ferndale. So being able to go out in the woods and have a campfire, or make s’mores, or fish, or go kayaking, that’s something that can open their eyes.
Additional programs are for entire families through the Family Education Committee. This team assesses community needs and offers free programs to parents and families to help them navigate their lives. Also, during the holidays, the organization offers “Adopt a Family” and volunteers can help buy toys and other goods for a family in need.
In order to pursue the mission of Ferndale Youth Assistance, the organization is continually looking for volunteers. Buckman emphasized that the programs have a real impact that “puts smiles on people’s faces” and is rewarding for everyone involved.
Buckman said: “We’re always looking for people, bright ideas, people willing to help, people who want to be part of an organization where you can actually see tangible proof of what you’re volunteering for. .”
Learn more about Ferndale Youth Assistance, including how to volunteer or donate, visit http://ferndaleya.org/