What is BYA?
BYA is a community-based program developed by volunteers who live and/or work in the Birmingham area. Its purpose is to strengthen youth and families and to reduce the incidence of juvenile delinquency, child abuse, and child neglect.
How is BYA different from other agencies?
BYA is the only local agency providing short-term, no-cost counseling services to children 17 years or younger and their families. BYA accepts referrals from the Oakland County Circuit Court Family Division Intake Unit, school counselors, teachers, police departments, and parents with concerns about their child.
Who can use BYA services?
Any family that resides within the geographic boundaries of the Birmingham Public School District is eligible to receive services and participate in BYA activities.
What kinds of programs does BYA provide?
Family education programs and counseling
Summer camp scholarships
Mentors Plus - a volunteer mentoring program
An annual Youth In Service event to recognize exceptional community service efforts
Special annual events for local families and children, including Breakfast with Santa, the Kids' Dog Show, and Touch A Truck
How are BYA programs funded?
The Oakland County Circuit Court Family Division supports the professional staff who provide direct casework services and work with the BYA volunteers. The organization operates under the sponsorship and financial support of Birmingham Public Schools and the City of Birmingham and the Villages of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, and Franklin. Additional funding is obtained through grants, individual donations, and local fundraising efforts.
Who volunteers for BYA?
Anyone interested in improving the lives of children and families in the Birmingham area is welcome to get involved!
How do I learn more about BYA?
Please call (248) 203-4300 for more information, to request a membership application, or to attend an upcoming board meeting. Please note that all meetings are being held remotely until further notice.