To strengthen youth and families, and to reduce the incidence of delinquency, abuse and neglect through volunteer involvement.
Oakland County Youth Assistance has been matching adult mentors with young people from communities in Oakland County since 1973. Adult volunteer mentors, who have been screened and trained, are matched with a local youth, aged 5-16, on a one-on-one basis. Each adult volunteer mentor is asked to commit 1-2 hours per week with their mentee for at least one year. Program support is offered throughout the duration of the match by both Oakland County Youth Assistance and Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance.
Many mentor-mentee matches extend far beyond the initial commitment because of the positive impact the match has on the youth and the adult mentor. Studies show that youth who have been paired with an adult mentor are more productive and less likely to engage in undesirable or at-risk behaviors.
Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance provides confidential, short-term family-centered counseling and referral services for young people, 16 years of age or younger, who reside in the Berkley School District (Berkley, Huntington Woods, and part of Oak Park MI). Referrals are accepted from schools, police, neighbors and parents.
Additionally, the Oakland County Circuit Court - Family Division's Intake Unit diverts/refers cases when, in their judgment, local Youth Assistance services are most appropriate. Typical reasons for referral include difficulties at school, at home, with peers, or as a result of police contact (e.g. retail fraud, assault, alcohol/drug abuse, incorrigibility, or other violations of local ordinances).
Please contact the Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance caseworker, Brittany Kalso, at 248.837.8229 if you have questions or if you are interested in referring a youth from the Berkley School District for casework services.
Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance offers a variety of family education programs aimed at improving communications between parents and their children, improving parental understanding of child development, and improving and enhancing parenting skills. By offering a variety of programs, families can choose the program that meets their needs at the time. These programs are frequently co-sponsored by other community groups libraries and/or local schools.
All Family Education Programs are generally FREE to registrants but pre-registration is requested by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When registering, please provide your name, telephone number, address, and the number of adults who will be attending. No emails will be returned unless you ask a specific question that needs to be answered.
MEL ROSS SCHOLARSHIP
Each year, Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance awards the Mel Ross Memorial Scholarship to a deserving Berkley High School graduating senior. The scholarship, named after Mr. Mel Ross, commemorates Mr. Ross’ distinguished service to our community.
Mr. Ross exemplified the true meaning of unselfishness. He dedicated most of his adult life volunteering for community, school, and benevolent organizations. Mr. Ross was unwavering in his effort to help those who most needed his assistance. He gave generously of his time, energy, expertise and spirit.
The Mel Ross Memorial Scholarship will be a living testimonial to a man who never turned away from helping others.
The 2021 Scholarship has been awarded to Liam Sarris.
Liam Sarris with the Ross family
Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance sponsors Camp Scholarships for youth in the Berkley School District who may not be able to afford a camp experience. Our camp committee gives special care in matching kids with camp experiences that best meet their needs. Through camp, youth broaden skills, develop independence and resourcefulness, and enhance positive social interactions in fun, guided settings that promote awareness, self worth and acceptance.
Applications are given out in mid-Winter to school administrators, counselors, social workers, teachers, and directly to parents. With each completed application, parents are asked to submit copies of their most recent tax documents in order to qualify for a scholarship. Parents are able to submit applications for any, or all, of their children as long as each child lives within the Berkley School District boundaries.
In 2019, Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance awarded 70 camp scholarships to youth from the Berkley School District.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation and very limited availaility of 2021 summer camps,
Berkley-Huntington Woods Youth Assistance has limited camp scholarships this summer.
Other options are being planned - stay tuned