August is Back to School Safety Month. As summer break comes to a close and school starts back up soon, it is important to talk to your kids about school safety.

School safety doesn't have to be a scary subject. Basic safety tips can keep your kids safe.

The National Safety Council gives the following advice about school safety:

Visit National Safety Council Back to School Safety website to learn more and be safe out there.
It's school supply season! Your child needs supplies for school and Amazon is a great place to shop for school supplies. If you shop with Amazon Smile, Amazon donates money to Southfield Youth Assistance.

You can learn more about Amazon Smile by visiting their Frequently Asked Questions page, but here is a brief run down about the program:

  • AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. 
  • When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

Shopping with Amazon Smile is a simple was to support Southfield Youth Assistance, whether you are shopping for school supplies, holiday gifts, or items for your home. 

Please consider supporting us when you shop for back-to-school items. #StartWithaSmile at and Amazon donates.
Incidences of cyberbullying are all too common in the digital age. According to, a site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 7-15 % of middle and high school students are victims of cyberbullying during the school year. Even kindergartners have access to a world of information in the palm of their hands thanks to smartphones and other mobile devices.

While schools and communities across the nation are implementing programs to curb in-school and online harassment, prevention ultimately starts at home. 

In an effort to help parents better understand how their children are using social media and to equip them with tools to keep kids safe online, the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) is partnering with Facebook to host a free workshop.

Karuna Nain, Facebook global safety manager, will present “Navigating the Social World with Your Teens — Insights from Facebook,” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

“Informed parents are empowered parents,” said IBPA President Patti Agatston, Ph.D. “This event is designed for any adult who wants to help the children in their homes, schools or communities be safe and smart online.”

The event is sponsored by Beaumont Children’s and will be held on the hospital’s Royal Oak, Michigan campus. Space is limited. Visit for more information and to register.

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Did you know you can support Southfield Youth Assistance just by shopping at Kroger

It's easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards®! 

To get started, sign up with your Plus Card at, and select Southfield Youth Assistance. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for Southfield Youth Assistance every time you shop and use your Plus Card!

Visit Kroger Community Rewards® to learn more.

Have questions? Visit the Kroger Community Rewards Frequently Asked Questions page.

PLEASE NOTE - You must re-enroll each year in August.

August 12 is International Youth Day. Started in 1999, International Youth Day "gives an opportunity to celebrate young peoples' views and initiatives."

This years theme is "The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production."

To learn more, visit the UN International Youth Day 2016 website.


Southfield Youth Assistance provides services to youth and their families within the Southfield/Lathrup Village area.

Want to learn more about how Southfield Youth Assistance helps the youth in our community? Visit our Programs and Services page.

Want to get involved as a volunteer with Southfield Youth Assistance? Visit our Volunteer page.
Friendships are important to a teens development. As parents we want our children to be happy and healthy, so talking to our children about healthy friendships will lay an important foundation in their development.

Michigan State University Extension offers some great tips and advice on positive friendships for teens.

In their article, Helping Teens Develop Positive Friendships, they discuss characteristics of healthy relationships and destructive relationships as well as what teens learn in their friendships and relationships. 

For example, a healthy relationship is a two way street:
  • where both parties care about each other and 
  • communicate openly and honestly. 

A destructive relationship can be based in:

  • negative attitudes,
  • dishonesty, and 
  • manipulation.

Click here to read the full article, and also check out their Building Strong Adolescents program.

Want to learn more about the programs and services we offer at Southfield Youth Assistance? Click here.

Happy International Friendship Day!
SPS-TV, Southfield Public Schools' Educational Access Television, has posted the video of the 2016 Youth Recognition Event to their YouTube channel.

Youth Recognition 2016 was held May 5, 2016 at the Lathrup Village Community Room. Southfield Youth Assistance hosts this annual event to recognize youth in the community for their outstanding community service, personal and/or academic achievement, and their commitment to a positive future.

In honor of World Wide Web Day, Southfield Youth Assistance is officially launching a blog. We will be blogging a couple times a month about upcoming events and about topics affecting our youth and community.

We will still have a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us to stay in the loop.

We have topics in mind, but we want to hear from you. What do you want to see on the SYA blog?