Novi Youth Assistance
A local branch of Oakland County Youth Assistance
, Novi Youth Assistance is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, made up of a community of volunteers, assisted by a professional staff, whose programs are designed to provide support and positive growth experiences for Novi youth and their families.
To strengthen youth and families and to prevent and reduce the incidence of delinquency, neglect, and abuse through community involvement.
Novi Youth Assistance is supported by a unique tri-sponsorship agreement between Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division, the City of Novi
, and the Novi Community School District
NYA Executive Committee
Linda Cianferra, Chair
Tom Smith, Vice Chair
Andrea Smith, Secretary
Sandy Fisher, Treasurer
NYA General Citizens Committee
Julie Farkas, Past Chair
NYA Office Staff
Lisa Shields, Caseworker
Rebecca DuBois, Administrative Assistant
Youth Assistance History
Youth Assistance (YA) began in 1953 with a group of Hazel Park citizens and Juvenile Court Judge Arthur E. Moore. Together they developed a program to assist troubled youth within their own communities rather than referring them to Juvenile Court. The YA program has expanded over the past 60+ years and is now a unit of the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division with caseworkers placed in 26 offices throughout Oakland County school districts to provide counseling sources to youth and their families. These programs exist due to a unique tri-sponsorship with the local government, the local school district and the Oakland County Circuit Court.
Investing in Prevention - Youth Assistance Now, Or Pay More Later!
$475 buys you one day at a state juvenile facility
(Average stay is 660 days, for a total cost of $313,500)*
$315 buys you one day at a private institution/residential
(Average stay is 180 days, for a total cost of $56,700)*
$169 buys you one day at Children’s Village
(Average stay is 180 days, for a total of $30,420)*
$15 buys you one day of Intensive Probation
(Average probation period is 180 days, for a total of $2,700)*
$9 buys you one day of Standard Probation
(Average probation period is 240 days, for a total of $2,160)*
*None of the above figures includes the cost of processing a case from complaint through disposition that typically costs between $3,000 -$5,000 dollars.
For $2.50, you buy one day of Youth Assistance Casework Services.
(Average service period is 120 days for a total of $300)
Which one will it be, a long weekend at Children’s Village or four months of family-focused counseling services with a 92% success rate of preventing involvement with any of the above?
Youth Assistance does not Cost . . . . it Pays!