September is National Literacy Month. Southfield Youth Assistance is committed to promoting literacy to our young people. In the last few years we have encouraged reading by providing books to young people at our Story Time with Santa events.

The best way to encourage positive reading habits in children is to start when they are young. Southfield Public Schools offers a unique reading program aimed at fostering strong reading skills in young students.

The SPS Celebrity Readers Program "was created by the Partnership for Education Council of Southfield Public Schools and gives participants the opportunity to read to students in Head Start through 5th grade during 30 minute, bi-monthly sessions throughout the school year. The program operates in all SPS elementary and K-8 schools, including Bussey Head Start Center."

According to their website, here's how the program works:
  • Reading occurs in the classroom with the teacher present.
  • Reader signs up for a particular day and time to visit a school.
  • Reader selects a book (with assistance if necessary).
  • On the appointed day, bring in a book to share with the class and spend approximately 20 minutes reading the book and engage students in a question & answer session about the story.
  • Spend the last 10 minutes discussing how reading is important in your work and/or life.
  • Go home and savor the experience!

For more information or to volunteer, contact Alise Collier, Celebrity Readers Program Facilitator at or (248) 746-4338.

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September 24, 2016 is Family Health and Fitness Day. Needs some ideas on focusing on health and fitness with your family? Below is a list of activities you can do as a family.
  • Take a walk - Whether you take a stroll through the neighborhood or at the local park, walking with your family can improve your physical and mental health.
  • Cook a healthy meal together - Kids learn their eating habits from watching the adults around them. By cooking a healthy meal together you are teaching them to prepare healthy meals for themselves and having an enjoyable bonding experience.
  • Play a game - Playing a physical game such as basketball can improve your physical health. Playing a board game or card game together can improve your mental health by spending time together.
  • Keep it Fun - Many people like to compete when it comes to health and fitness, but keep it fun and lighthearted. If you make it too much of a competition your kids may become disinterested.
  • Get the kids involved - Ask your kids to suggest a health and fitness activity. Them may have learned a new game at school that they want to share with you.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it. Try to make time in your schedule to work on fitness and health as a family. Make it a priority. What you teach your kids now about health and fitness will stick with them, so plant those seeds now.

We've Moved!


Southfield Youth Assistance has moved to the Southfield Regional Academic Campus.

Our new address is:

Southfield Youth Assistance
21705 Evergreen Rd
Southfield, MI 48075

Please note that our address has changed, however our phone number and fax number remain the same.

Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay, at least for the near future. Social media can be a positive part of your child's life when used responsibly. It can help them connect with friends, stay up-to-date on the issues that matter to them, and allow them to meet a diverse group of people.

However, we are all aware of the dark sides of social media as well. From cyberbullying to online scams, our children are vulnerable when they are online.

But what about what THEY post online? Did you know that the tweets, posts, and shares they make can impact their ability to get into college and to find a job?

In the article, "Students Learn How Colleges Review Social Media Pages," Cari DeLamielleure-Scott from C & G Newspapers writes about the impact of social media posts.

When someone clicks the post button, they are creating a unique digital footprint that can be traced back to them. Some tips to help "clean up their electronic footprint" from the article are:
  • get rid of profanity
  • set privacy controls
  • opt out of tags
  • review posts before posting
  • avoid posts that contain alcohol or that show illegal actions

Check out the article to learn more.

Need help Navigating the World of Social Media with Your Teens? Beaumont Hospital is hosting an event to help you do just that. Click here to learn more.

Are you on social media? Be sure to follow us to stay up-to-date.
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.


It's not always easy to talk about, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't. Suicide can be a very hard topic to discuss. It effects many people in many different ways.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. There are many great resources available about suicide. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has fantastic resources to help you talk about suicide, recognize the warning signs, and how to get help for you or someone you know.

Check out their Risk of Suicide page to learn about the warning signs and risk factors.