Carmel announces Youth Assistance Program
The Carmel Youth Assistance Program (CYAP) will focus on preventative services for at-risk youth referred to the program. Joining in the announcement about the creation of CYAP were Mayor Jim Brainard, Hamilton County Superior Court 1 Judge Steven R. Nation, Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Felix, and Superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools Dr. Nicholas D. Wahl.
The goal of CYAP is to help youth and families identify, coordinate, and take advantage of services or programs in Carmel, Hamilton County and surrounding areas. The program is voluntary and youth will be referred to the program by parents, Carmel Clay Schools’ counselors, the Carmel Police and Fire Departments and members of the community or other agencies.
“I look forward to this program adding another positive option for tutoring, mentoring and coordination of services for at-risk youth. It is a great addition to our strong community of volunteers who already work with the youth of our community,” said Mayor Brainard.
“Carmel Clay Schools is proud to partner with the City of Carmel in this proactive initiative that will provide vital early intervention opportunities and resources for families. In CCS, we strive to have no invisible children. This initiative supports that approach and I commend the judges for their visionary approach to working with the youth and families of our community,” added Dr. Wahl.
Judges Nation and Felix issued a joint statement saying, “By providing support for at-risk students at the earliest possible opportunity, we are able to maintain the children in school by decreasing expulsions, suspensions, or referral to the juvenile justice systems. A desired goal is to have at-risk children graduate and to reach the highest potential for their lives by becoming the business and community leaders of tomorrow.”
The program will assist referred youth ages 3 to 17 years old and their families. The youth will be evaluated and referred to programs based on their specific needs. Some examples are mentoring, tutoring, camp and recreational opportunities, counseling and anger management classes.
This program brings together all segments of local governmental, juvenile courts and the community, including citizens, school, business, church, and service organizations so that there is a comprehensive approach for the children and families.
The CYAP is asking for the public to support the program by volunteering in various capacities. There are many different volunteer opportunities available. Adults of any age are needed to tutor, mentor young people and assist at events and fundraisers. Also, behind-the-scenes volunteers are needed to help with office work, to serve on the Carmel Board or committees and assist the Early Intervention Advocate.