#CCHACares: Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program

POST DATE: 11.17.20

As the year winds down, our thoughts typically shift toward what matters the most. At CCHA, that certainly includes the children in our communities. As part of our #CCHACares initiative, we are proud to recognize Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program as our organization of focus in November.

Hamilton County Youth Assistance (HCYA) serves as an early intervention advocate for youth ages 3-17 who are facing challenging life circumstances. They take a holistic approach to coordinating the community’s vast array of talents, services and resources to help youth and empower parents and caregivers. With six locations throughout Hamilton County, there isn’t a child whose life can’t be touched and improved upon by this amazing organization and friend to CCHA. At its core, the organization matches at-risk kids with local programs and activities that break cycles of misbehavior.

Their small-but-devoted staff is supported by more than three hundred volunteers who help programming run smoothly and families remain engaged. With locations in Carmel, Fishers, Hamilton Heights, Noblesville, Sheridan and Westfield, families are always within reach of services like:

- Referral to services for mental health counseling, medication management and parenting support classes for youth and families
- Coordination with mentoring programs
- Family/youth case management
- Food, clothing and financial assistance
- Camp and recreation opportunities
- Tutoring assistance
- Attendance and truancy support

The Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program was developed in the fall of 2009, as a pilot program in Westfield, Indiana. With such positive response from community stakeholders, Youth Assistance expanded to Noblesville in 2012 and Fishers in 2014. Hamilton Heights was quick to follow Fishers in 2014, with Carmel and Sheridan opening offices in 2015. The Early Intervention Advocates in each community work under the appointment of Judge Paul Felix, Hamilton County Circuit Court and Judge Michael Casati, Hamilton County Superior Court 1. CCHA was delighted to play a part in the initial organization of this program and several CCHA attorneys have served and continue to serve on YAP boards.

We are also proud to select Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program as our monthly charitable feature in the November issue of Indianapolis Monthly, to shine an even brighter light on their amazing work and commitment to our communities. Keep an eye out for their ads and be sure to connect with them on Facebook.

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If end-of-year giving is on your to-do list, CCHA wholeheartedly recommends giving to your local Youth Assistance Program, which you can do by visiting their website and navigating to your local chapter.