Then join the League of Extraordinary Youth - Angels In Action
An 8-week week adventure that is active, engaging and allows participants to take a peek into what is possible, every other Friday evening from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 

Southfield Parks and Recreation 
26000 Evergreen Road
Southfield, MI 48076

Friday, February 10, 2017.

The program is FREE and is open to students ages 8-13.

A normal evening will include:
  • a snack
  • a topic of the day
  • an Interactive activity that makes fun part of every session! 

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a community activity and learn how to work as a team to make a powerful statement!

The League of Extraordinary Youth-Angels In Action will be facilitated by Ms. Pat Wiley of Inform Yourself Youth Development Company, and it is sponsored by Southfield Youth Assistance, a division of Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division, in partnership with Southfield Public Schools and the City of Southfield.

If you are interested in joining the League of Extraordinary Youth-Angels In Action please contact Ms. Wiley at 248-866-8428 for additional information or visit the Southfield Youth Assistance website at www.southfieldya.org for an enrollment application (see below).

Hurry, Enrollment is limited.
We are looking forward to having fun with you!

Do you want to receive a Carson's Community Days coupon booklet with your $5 donation and save on great products while supporting your community?

Southfield Youth Assistance is selling Carson's Community Days coupon booklets for $5. 100% of the proceeds will benefits Southfield Youth Assistance.
Simply click here to connect to the Carson's website.

Receive a Community Days coupon booklet with your $5 donation and save on great products while supporting your community! Plus, use your coupons on 100s of Bonus Buys Thursday, February 23 - Saturday, February 25. While supplies last. 

Your donation of $5 will get you over $500 in exclusive coupon savings, including:

  • $10 off a regular or sale price item of $10 or more. Valid in-store only.
  • Up to 30% off a regular or sale price purchase.
  • Up to 30% off a Yellow or Black Dot purchase.
  • Over 30 exclusive merchandise offers.
  • And more!

Exclusions apply; see booklet for details. 100% of booklet sales benefit local school groups and nonprofit organizations.

Thank you for your continued support of Southfield Youth Assistance.

March 16, 2017
4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

at the Panera Bread bakery-cafe at:

23719 Greenfield Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Bring the flyer below when you dine with us and we'll donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase. Please hand in a hard copy or show an electronic version of this flyer upon placing your order. Purchases of gift cards are not counted towards the event. It's a great way to combine great taste and great fun - for a great cause. 

Learn more about Fundraising Nights at Panera Bread at: www.PaneraBread.com/fundraiser
Families, join us for an afternoon of ice skating food, crafts, prizes, and more! Parents, we will have information and resources on health, prevention and safety, and recreation scholarships! 

This is a family friendly and FREE event ($3 for skate rentals). The first 25 participants will be automatically entered into a raffle for a big prize! 
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Southfield Sports Arena
26000 Evergreen Road
Southfield, MI 48076

Register you and your family on Eventbrite to be entered in an additonal raffle!

From our friends at Southfield Parks and Recreation and City of Southfield:

Skate for a Cause

Start the New Year off right by continuing to give back to the community!

Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to the Southfield Sports Arena on January 3. For each donated item, guests will receive free admission and skate rental. Rental skates are available on a first come, first served basis.

All food donations will be made available to those in need in the community via the Southfield Human Services Department.

Tuesday, January 3 

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Free admission and skate rental with each non-perishable food donation.

Southfield Sports Arena, 26000 Evergreen Road

Call (248) 796-4603 for more information concerning Skate for a Cause.

If you are interested in helping or learning more about the services offered by the Southfield Human Services Department, please call Rhonda Terry (248) 796-4542.

It's the holiday season! You need to buy holiday gifts and Amazon is a great place for holiday shopping. 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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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 way to support Southfield Youth Assistance, whether you are shopping for holiday gifts or items for your home. 

Please consider supporting us when you shop for the holidays. #StartWithaSmile at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-4738185 and Amazon donates.
Our friends at Avondale Youth Assistance are hosting a FREE event, "Drugs 101: What Parents Want to Know."

The event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 6:30-8:30pm, at Avondale Meadows Media Center, 1435 W Auburn Road, Rochester Hills. A highlight of this program is a mock teenager's bedroom set-up for adults to observe and attempt to identify drug related paraphernalia.
During the program you will learn:
  • Facts and trends about teen drug usage
  • Skills to identify potential teen drug usage
  • Next steps to take if concerned and
  • Skills to engage kids in conversation

The program is open for all adults: Parents, Grand Parents, Guardians, Teachers, Administrators, Coaches, Scout Leaders, Religious Leaders - any adult concerned about youth.

Register online at stjoeshealth.org/classes.
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Halloween Safety


As you get candy and costumes prepared for tomorrow, be sure to prepare for safety as well.

Halloween is an exciting day for kids. They are focused on their costumes and candy, and may forget their basic safety knowledge, like checking both ways before crossing the street.

Taking a few minutes to talk to your kids about Halloween safety can ensure that everyone has a fun, safe night.

Safe Kids Worldwide has some great tips to keep the kiddos safe this Halloween. Some of the tips they mention are:
  • Walk Safely
  • Trick of Treat with an Adult
  • Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
  • Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

They go into detail on all of these tips, which you can learn more about at their website, or see their tip sheet below.

Take some time to talk to your kids about Halloween safety. Be safe and have fun!

Can't see the list? Click here.
October 22 is Make a Difference Day. Started in 1992, Make a Difference Day has evolved into "one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Volunteers from around the nation come together with a common mission: to improve the lives of others."

According to their website, "Make A Difference Day shows that anyone, no matter of age or background, can make an impact on their community. Thousands of projects take place every October. Some large, many small. But each effort makes an important difference to our communities."
Having a strong community is vital to the fabric of our society and to the fabric of who we are as individuals. Strong communities help each other. Strong communities are there when others aren't. Here at Southfield Youth Assistance our mantra is Strengthening Families Through Community Involvement

The old adage goes, "it takes a village to raise a child." When you think of all of the people who influence a child's upbringing, you realize the old adage is true. Think of all the people who influenced you as a young person. From parents, grandparents, family, friends, teachers, coaches, counselors; this list could go on and on. The importance of that village, that community, is vital to the positive growth and development of each and every young person. 

You may be thinking to yourself, "what can I do? I am just one person in this big world." One of our SYA board members, Ollie Colvard, said it best at our 2015 Youth Recognition Breakfast when she said, "...be a part of the village..." and "...jump in where you fit in." The smallest act of service can have a major impact on your community.

Southfield Youth Assistance is always seeking volunteers and board members to help fulfill our mission of preventing delinquency and neglect of our youth. From joining our board, assisting at our events throughout the year, or making a financial contribution, we cannot do what we do without our dedicated community.

For another way to help out in our community, check out our blog post about the Celebrity Readers Program through Southfield Public Schools.
Today marks the first day of Fire Prevention Week. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), "Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871."

This years theme is "Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." There are many things we can do to prevent fires. Checking your Smoke Alarms is a very important step in fire prevention. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following tips: 
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

You can learn more about Fire Prevention on the NSPA website, http://www.nfpa.org/.

If you don't have smoke alarms, you should install them immediately. If you need assistance with smoke alarms at your home, you can contact the American Red Cross of Southeast Michigan.
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