West Bloomfield Youth Assistance (WBYA) is a non-profit organization that offers professional counseling services and conducts prevention programs for youth and their families who live within the West Bloomfield School District. There is a one-time $25.00 processing fee for all casework services. Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through volunteer involvement. WBYA is one of Oakland County’s 26 community-based non-profit organizations. Our offices are located in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
WBYA started locally in 1969 to be a safety net for youth and families.
West Bloomfield Youth Assistance operates under the sponsorship and financial support of West Bloomfield Schools, the City of Keego Harbor, the City of Orchard Lake Village, West Bloomfield Township, and the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division with funding supplied through the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
Youth Assistance provides confidential, short-term, family-centered counseling and referral services for young people, 16 years of age or younger and their families, who live in Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake Village, or West Bloomfield Township. There is a one-time $25.00 processing fee for all casework services. Referrals are accepted from schools, police, neighbors and parents themselves with concerns about their child. The Family Division’s Intake Unit diverts cases when, in their judgment, Youth Assistance services are most appropriate; there could be additional costs for court diversion agreements. Typical reasons for referral include retail fraud, school and home problems, assault, alcohol and other drug abuse, and violations of local ordinances.
West Bloomfield Youth Assistance recognizes young people from our community for making positive, volunteer contributions every year. Nominations come from schools, hospitals, religious organizations, fire and police departments, and private citizens who have been helped by a youth. Local, county, and state dignitaries participate in making these events very special. We do this because we believe that positive behaviors are often overlooked. These young people serve as role models for their peers; they reassure the community that the future is in good hands. The winners are honored at our annual Youth Recognition Awards Ceremony in the spring.
The mission of WBYA's Mentors Plus program is to provide the youth of West Bloomfield, ages 6 to 16, with a one-on-one meaningful mentoring relationship with a caring adult. Adult applicants are screened and trained prior to placement. Additional training and consultation are provided throughout the match period. Each adult volunteer is asked to commit 1-2 hours per week with a match for at least one year. In addition, group and countywide activities are held. Many matches extend far beyond the initial commitment. For more information, or to volunteer, contact our office.
West Bloomfield Youth Assistance provides need-based scholarships to assist families with the cost of a summer camp enrichment experience. WBYA offers a limited number of scholarships to students residing within the West Bloomfield School District.
We welcome contributions to the enrichment fund from individuals or groups.
Carr Memorial Scholarship Fund
Scholarships are awarded to deserving youth who exhibit motivation and commitment to attend educational, sports, or recreational programs which develop a talent, skill, or academic aptitude. Programs may include, but are not limited to, private lessons, music camps, performing arts programs, art classes, special education programs, sports clinics or camps, workshops or seminars. Priority is given to students who demonstrate a desire to participate in an organized program which enhances the creative spirit of youth.
Oakland County Youth Assistance has Family and Parenting Programs available throughout Oakland County. Please visit Parenting Programs in Oakland County to browse the current programs offered.
Refer to the Contact Information under each program to register.
Please contact our office for further information.