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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: 

 

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, Kent, 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!

Join us for our fall kickoff on Saturday, September 9 from 10am-12pm! TTQ participants and their families are invited to join us at either the Lost City or Kangaroo Palace for some free family fun! More information here.

Fall 2017 Information

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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.

  • Nurtuting Parent Program: This program is a family-centered initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills. This 10-week series for parents covers topics such as discipline, communication, child development, and problem solving skills. *Offered in Allegan, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties
  • Strengthening Families Program: This 7-week program is for families with children ages 10-14 and focuses on communication and respect. Each session includes a family-style dinner, free child care for younger siblings, and separate sessions for pre-teens/teens and parents, as well as combined family sessions. *Offered in Muskegon County
  • Love & Logic: Learn simple, practical techniques that can help eliminate stress and arguments often associated with child discipline. LOVE helps children grow through mistakes. LOGIC calls for children to live with the consequences of their choices. Learn how to provide choices that empower children to be responsible and to make better choices.
  • Circle of Parents Support Groups: Parents choose the topics and trained facilitators lead the discussion. Parents can join at any time. A light meal is provded. We are offering two support groups at this time: Just for Dads Holland and Just for Dads Ottawa County Jail.

 

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.

 

Contact the CYD department.