Youth Advancement Through Athletics

 

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What is Youth Advancement Through Athletics?

Youth Advancement Through Athletics is a multi-faceted youth development program which serves a population of court-involved Lansing youth. The program combines ecological and strength-based philosophies to magnify the talents of the participants. With the support of Michigan State University faculty, Dr. William Davidson and Sean Hankins, MSW, and a strong partnership with Family Division of the Ingham County Circuit Court, we provide a 6-month program which incorporates mentorship, community service, career building events, and athletics to students who attend a court-run high school. The project also provides intensive training to Michigan State University undergraduate students, who serve as mentors, and a team of talented student staff members.

 

Mission

Our mission is to reduce truancy and improve academic achievement among delinquent populations through the strategic implementation of strength-based interventions.

 


Program History

 

Ingham County Board of Commissioners Resolution Ceremony

2011

YATA partners with 30th Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division and completes its 1st     year of service

  Pictured left to right: Scott Leroy (Ingham County Juvenile Programs Director), Jayme Danzig (YATA Founder/Director), Maureen Winslow (Ingham County Deputy Court Administrator), Marva Goodson (YATA Founder/Director), and Sean Hankins (YATA Consultant/Adolescent Diversion Project Director)  

 

Pictured left to right: Scott Leroy (Ingham County Juvenile Programs Director), Jayme Danzig (YATA Founder/Director), Maureen Winslow (Ingham County Deputy Court Administrator), Marva Goodson (YATA Founder/Director), and Sean Hankins (YATA Consultant/Adolescent Diversion Project Director)

 

2012

Community outreach and career enrichment activities become key components of  the  YATA model

2013

Capital Region Community Foundation awards YATA with funding to support athletic materials for participating boys

2014

Ingham County Board of Commissioners awards YATA with a resolution in  acknowledgement of its positive community impact

 

 

2015

YATA basketball team wins Runner-Up at the State basketball tournament 


Would you Like to Become A Mentor?

CONTACT US!

Requirements:

Must be a Michigan State University Undergraduate student 

Access to a vehicle 

Ability to pass a background check 

A passion for serving your community 

*All mentors earn Psychology - 490 (Independent Study) credit  

 

For more information about YATI's work in the community, check out this website!

www.YataMission.org