BYA - Bloomfield Youth Assistance
A community-based program created to strengthen Bloomfield Hills youth and families and reduce the incidence of delinquency, neglect and abuse through community involvement.
What is Bloomfield Youth Assistance?
Founded in 1967, Bloomfield Youth Assistance (BYA) provides preventive youth and family services, including caseworker counseling, programming, scholarships, youth recognition and mentorship. We’re powered by municipal and volunteer support. We aim to strengthen Bloomfield Hills’ youth and families through community involvement, reducing the incidence of delinquency, abuse and neglect.
BYA is part of a larger network of 26 Youth Assistance Offices in Oakland County; any child or family that resides in Bloomfield Hills Schools is eligible for our services.
We receive support and sponsorship from:
- The Oakland County Circuit Court - Family Division
- Bloomfield Hills Schools
- Bloomfield Township
- Passionate local volunteers
- Grants and donations
Two components are essential to our success:
We provide confidential casework services and receive referrals for these services from the police, teachers, parents, guidance counselors, social workers and The Family Court Division Intake Unit Typical reasons for referral include retail fraud, school and home problems, assault, alcohol and drug abuse, and violations of local ordinances.
Essential to our vibrancy and success is our ability to respond to community needs. We identify issues that contribute to delinquency, abuse and neglect -- and then mobilize to locate existing community resources to address the challenge. And, if a resource doesn't exist, we develop those programs and initiatives. Please consider joining our organization -- we’re actively recruiting passionate, actionable volunteers. If you have an interest, we have a spot for you!
Counseling /Casework Services
Bloomfield Youth Assistance was formed in 1967 to help strengthen youth and families and prevent delinquency and neglect through community involvement.
Like its Youth Assistance counterparts throughout Oakland County, local volunteers develop and provide prevention-based programs and professional staff offer counseling services that promote positive growth experiences and enhance home and community relationships.
BYA is sponsored by the Bloomfield Hills School District, Bloomfield Township, and the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division with funding supplied through the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
BYA is served by a caseworker, provided by the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division. Professional, family-centered counseling and referral services are offered to Bloomfield Hills School District students and their families. Counseling/casework services are confidential, and are initiated by referrals from schools, police, court officials, as well as parents with concerns about their child. There is a $25.00 processing fee for this service
Each year, Bloomfield Youth Assistance honors students from our community who have proven to be outstanding citizens. 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.
A candidate may be nominated for an award under any of the following five categories: performance of an act of heroism; providing exceptional service to an individual; achievement by an individual based upon overcoming a personal challenge and setting an example in assisting others; initiation of a new program or project to help others.
The winners are honored at our annual Outstanding Youth Citizen Awards Dinner in the spring.
Bloomfield Youth Assistance provides need-based scholarships to assist families with the cost of an enrichment experience, such as camp, or an appropriate skill building activity. BYA offers a limited number of scholarships to students residing within the Bloomfield Hills School District.
We welcome contributions to the enrichment fund from individuals or groups.
Our strength as a community depends on our commitment as individuals.
Volunteer opportunities exist whether you can spare an hour per week, a few hours per month, or help during certain times of the year. To find out more about whether we can match your interests and abilities with serving the needs of Bloomfield's youth, please click the link below to complete and submit a volunteer form and/or contact us at 248.341.5680.
The mission of BYA's Mentors Plus program is to provide the youth of Bloomfield, ages 6 to 16, with a one-on-one meaningful mentoring relationship with a caring adult. The intent is to build a trusting relationship between the adult volunteer and a child that will enrich and benefit a child's life. Volunteers are screened, trained, and interviewed by Oakland County staff. Mentors commit to spending as little as a few hours a week with their mentee doing things they enjoy.
Area Children Need You
As a Mentors Plus volunteer, you'll become a friend and an invaluable role model for a youngster who needs you. Just an hour a week can make a lasting difference in a child's life. Volunteers make a one-year commitment.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Bloomfield Youth Assistance by calling 248.341.5680.
BYA is a 501c3 organization. It is sponsored by Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Township and Oakland County Circuit Court--Family Division. Additional funding is provided by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners as well as through grants, donations and fundraising efforts.
Your tax-deductible donation will help local children and families. All donations go directly to the programs of Bloomfield Youth Assistance.
4174 Dublin Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
- Denise Ullem, President
- Amy German, Vice President
- Paul Kolin, Treaurer
- Jennifer Robertson, Caseworker
- Lisa Kucinski, Secretary