Novi Youth Assistance
- 2021 Back To School Shopping
- Yoga & Mindfulness Program to Families
- Novi Public Safety Mentorship Program
Six selected youth from the Novi community went on a shopping extravaganza with Novi Public Safety Team on Wednesday, August 11th. The annual event took place at Kohl’s department store located in West Oaks mall, who provided a generous 20% discount to each of our shoppers. All of the shoppers left Kohl’s with shopping bags full of new apparel. Novi Youth Assistance’s Back to School Shopping program intends to help students get excited and prepared for the upcoming school year.
A special thank you to our Novi Public Safety Team volunteers: Lieutenant Kulikowski, Sergeant Meier, Officer Moulik, Officer McGee, Captain Seog, FF Copeland, FF Barratt, FF Marken, FF Takla, and FF Porter.
Youth Assistance is a community-based program whose mission is to strengthen youth and families and to prevent and reduce delinquency, neglect, and abuse through community involvement. Youth Assistance initiatives are supported by a unique tri-sponsorship agreement between the Circuit Court, Novi Public Schools, and the City of Novi. For more information about Novi Youth Assistance, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or visit www.cityofnovi.org/nya.
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Novi Youth Assistance is a community-based program whose mission is to strengthen youth and families and to prevent and reduce delinquency, neglect, and abuse through community involvement. Novi Youth Assistance initiatives are supported by a unique tri-sponsorship agreement between Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division,
the Novi Public School District, and the City of Novi. For more information about Novi Youth Assistance, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or visit www.cityofnovi.org/nya
Sandy Fisher, Treasurer
Maria Castrodale, Office Administrator
Novi Youth Assistance volunteers may serve program needs at the following levels:
Member of the Board of Directors
General Citizen's Committee
Summer Teen Center
Novi Youth Assistance.
How are the sponsors connected?
All local offices of Oakland County Youth Assistance were formed with a unique tri-sponsorship agreement between the municipalities, the Board of Education contained within the school district, and the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division. Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division provides council, consultation, and our local caseworker to provide professional counseling and referral services and to work with the volunteers. The City of Novi and the Novi Community School District are responsible for NYA operation and programmatic expenses, and both entities are also represented on our Board of Directors.
Are your programs free?
Participation in the vast majority of our programs is free. We do not collect money in the office for any of our programs or services. There is a one-time $25 processing fee for casework services, which is paid after the first appointment through the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division over the phone or by mail. Our summer teen center requires a registration fee to help cover the cost of staffing, field trips, transportation, supplies, snacks, and vendors.
What ages do you serve?
There are different age/grade restrictions for each of our programs. Programs that are not listed below do not have specific age restrictions.
Casework services: ages 5-16
Scholarships: ages 5-18
Summer Teen Center: 6th-10th grade
Youth Recognition: 7th-12th grade
Silver Lining Mentoring: Kindergarten and up
Mentors Plus Mentoring: ages 5-15
Casework service eligibility is determined based on school district boundaries, as opposed to city address. Students must be a Novi Community School District student in order to receive casework services.
Why do you have to collect documentation to verify my income?
Some of our programs, such as the Scholarship program, require the collection of income information in order to verify the need for assistance. Some programs are grant funded, and we must ensure compliance with the guidelines set by the funder. Please be aware that any personal information received by NYA is always kept confidential.
What is the casework referral process?
A student is referred to NYA through submission of a referral form to the caseworker. Once a student is referred to our office, the caseworker contacts the student’s parent through an appointment letter to set up an initial meeting. Casework services are completely voluntary for families, so the family determines their participation in the process. The caseworker updates the referral source periodically by copying them on correspondence with the family, indicating program completion, case closures, etc.
What are your hours of operation?
General office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. While efforts are made to ensure that someone is always in the office during these hours, on rare occasion, office staff may need to step out for outside meetings or community events. You are always welcome to call the office before you plan to stop in to make sure someone will be here to assist you.
Is there an after-hours/emergency number?
If you need immediate counseling services, please contact Common Ground at (800) 231-1127. Otherwise, please feel free to leave us a message on our office phone (248) 347-0410 or email our general mailbox at email@example.com and we will get back to you during office hours as soon as we can.
How do I attend a meeting?
Board meetings are generally held at 6:00pm on the first Tuesday of every month at the Novi Civic Center and are open to the public. Date and time may vary based on the school calendar. You can always call the office to confirm the date and time of the next board meeting. Board meetings are not held in June, July, November, or December.
How can I volunteer?
Visit our volunteer page to learn about the importance our volunteers have on our program structure, as well as current volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering with NYA, please contact the office to set up a meeting with our case worker. Thank you for your interest in making a difference to the youth of the Novi community!
How do I donate?
Monetary donations are graciously accepted through PayPal or by check mailed to or dropped off at our office at 45175 Ten Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375. We also accept in-kind donations for programs, special events, raffles, and prizes. You will receive a receipt for documentation purposes. Click here to learn more about ways to help support NYA’s mission. Thank you for your generosity!
- Jeanne Clarke Summer Teen Center
- Professional Counseling & Referral Services
- Family Education
- Skill Building Scholarships
- Youth Recognition
- Seasonal Programs
Novi Youth Assistance has decided to cancel 2021 Teen Center Camp due to low enrollment and the expanded K-8 summer school support programming that is being conducted due to the pandemic.
We realize that many students and parents are focused on the additional academic support for their students this summer.Novi Youth Assistance Jeanne Clarke Teen Center invites incoming 6th-10th grade students for six weeks of Teen Center. Teen Center will keep your child engaged in exciting weekly field trips, activities, games, community visits, recreational activities, and community service projects to help promote positive social development. NYA will provide a snack each day but, we ask for each teen to provide their own non-refrigerated sack lunch.
Date: June 21 - July 29
Time: Mon - Thur, 12 - 5:30pm
Grades: 6 - 10 Students
Location: Novi High School Cafeteria
About Teen Center
Sign-In and Sign-Out
Food & Drink
- Removal from activity
- 1:1 meeting with staff
- Parent meeting
- Suspension from program, without refund
- Permanent removal from program, without refund
Absence and Illness
Who can be a Silver Lining Mentor?
Over 18 years old
Responsible, flexible, and reliable
Interest in working with young people
Willingness to complete the application packet and screening process, including a background investigation and reference check
Willingness to adhere to all program policies and procedures and to sign program agreement
Dependable and consistent in meeting time commitments
Attendance at mentor training sessions as necessary
Willingness to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and to receive feedback regarding mentoring activities
Access to transportation, auto insurance, and a good driving record
No criminal record
No illicit drug use
Mentors Plus... Plus What?
Plus SHARING. Sure, you'll be strangers at first. But before long, you'll be surprised at what you can share. Thoughts, and ideas, and likes and dislikes. And, most importantly, you'll be sharing a bit of yourself with someone who can benefit from your responsible example.
Plus FRIENDS. You'll not only gain one very special young friend, you'll also have opportunities to meet other volunteers and their matches, as well as members of your own local Mentors Plus volunteer advisory committee. They share your concern for kids, and they'll welcome you warmly into their ongoing efforts to help make childhood and the teen years secure and positive.
Plus RESULTS. You know that mentoring sounds like a great idea. But did you know that it actually works? Reliable statistics from a long-term mentoring program say that, after only 18 months, youngsters who met with their mentors an average of three times per month were 46 percent less likely than a control group to start using drugs, 27 percent less likely to start drinking, 53 percent less likely to skip school, and 37 percent less likely to skip a class. They also were more confident in their schoolwork, less likely to hit someone, and doing better within their families.
Just think... Only a few hours each month can have an impact that dramatic. Can you think of a better way to spend time?
Oakland County Circuit Court – Family Division, Youth Assistance Mentors Plus
1200 N Telegraph Road Bldg 14 East, Pontiac MI 48341-0452
To be eligible, these criteria must be met:
Age 18 and under
Must have been a resident of Novi for 1+ years
Income eligible according to current HUD guidelines (see chart on page 2 of application)
The following documentation must be submitted:
Proof of residency with copies of 3 of the following 5 pieces of identification:
Property tax statement
City of Novi water bill
Proof of income eligibility showing dependents
Copy of Federal Tax Form 1040 from previous year
Flyer/brochure for the activity showing cost, location, and dates
Once eligibility is verified, the scholarship request must be approved by NYA’s scholarship committee.
If approved, the parent will receive an acceptance letter and a check will be mailed directly to the activity sponsor.
It is best to apply for a scholarship at least three weeks prior to when program payment is needed.
If approved, scholarship is generally 50% of the program cost. The scholarship will be valid for one month from the date of approval.
Scholarship may be rescinded and restitution of any fees paid will be collected if scholarship information is falsified.
Transportation to and from programs/classes and events, as well as any additional fees associated with the program/class are the responsibility for the scholarship recipient.
Scholarship funds are limited.
Congratulations to our 2019 Award Recipients:
- Ajay Arora
- Allison Bailey
- Aishani Bajpai
- Anusha Bajpai
- Krithin Bheemineni
- Samhita Bolisetty
- Somi Bollavaram
- Neerav Chapalamadugu
- Areena Chavda
- Yujung (Hanna) Cho
- Brian Cromwell
- Nikita Daniel
- Sanjana Doshi
- Vishwaas Reddy Gangeddula
- Aliyah Hirji
- Raveena Joshi
- Sumukh Kallur
- Jooho Lee
- Rishi Menon
- Maansi Nema
- Ashrit Ramesh
- Shreya Sampath
- Aakash (Neil) Sinha
- Makayla Stewart
- Lahari Vavilala
- Ayush Venkannagart
- Nav Warraich
- Neil Warraich
- Jessica Wu
- Henry Xu