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Community Youth Development

The Community Youth Development (CYD) Department of Pathways of Arbor Circle focuses on building strong and resilient communities. The department takes a three-pronged approach by providing community development and coalition services, offering a number of parent education and support classes and through engaging volunteers to provide prevention programs for youth. The services of the CYD Department include: 


Community Coalitions

Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP)

OSAP is a group of community members, human service professionals, businesses, law enforcement, government officials, schools and school personnel who are working together to create change regarding youth substance use. The coalition includes a number of initiatives, subcommittees and taskforces, including:

  • Building Resilient Youth (BRY): BRY is a suicide prevention committee. The mission of BRY is to support teens in getting help for depression and suicide in order to build resilient youth and prevent teen suicide.
  • Reducing Ottawa Area Drunk Driving Taskforce (ROADD): ROADD works to prevent high-risk drinking and the consequences of drinking and driving in Ottawa County.
  • Quadrant-Based Subcommittees: Find your local quadrant subcommittee.

Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN)

SCAN is a community-based effort to prevent child abuse and neglect in Ottawa County through the Michigan Children's Trust Fund. SCAN helps to coordinate child abuse prevention efforts to ensure we work together as a community to protect children. We work to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse in Ottawa County.

Student Leaders Initiating Change (SLIC)

SLIC is a youth coalition in Ottawa County in which leadership skills are developed to encourage our peers to make decisions that have a positive impact on themselves and the community. Students can get involved in the following ways:

  • Join our SLIC Core: SLIC Core meets the third Thursday of every month at our Holland office. At these meetings, we plan leadership events and campaigns to educate high school students that most of their peers don't use alcohol or drugs.
  • Join your local school SLIC: Many of the local high schools in Ottawa County have either a SLIC or SADD group and partner with SLIC Core to encourage students to make healthy choices. Contact Leah to find your local SLIC/SADD group.
  • Raise Your Voice: Raise Your Voice trains high school students on peer refusal skills and how to teach those skills to middle school students.
  • Just Be Here: Just Be Here is a social media presence offering a safe and positive voice online. Follow @justbeheremi for updates on the positive things you can get involved with in Ottawa County.

Family Support and Education

Parenting is hard work and we all need more tools in our toolbox! We offer a wide range of parenting groups, classes, and workshops to strengthen parenting skills and create stronger families. Classes are offered in Allegan, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties.

Total Trek Quest (TTQ)

TTQ is a fun, highly interactive 9-week program that uses running and curriculum-based activities to promote positive mental and physical health and wellness while preventing high-risk behaviors. The program is designed for boys in grades 3-5 and is offered in Allegan, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties in the fall and spring. The program recruits volunteers in each of these communities to serve as coaches. Each season starts with a family-friendly kickoff event and ends with a 5k run. Volunteer with TTQ!

Information About Fall 2017

Register for Fall 2017


Contact the CYD department.