Youth Advancement Through Athletics
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.
Our mission is to reduce truancy and improve academic achievement among delinquent populations through the strategic implementation of strength-based interventions.
Ingham County Board of Commissioners Resolution Ceremony
YATA partners with 30th Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division and completes its 1st year of service
Community outreach and career enrichment activities become key components of the YATA model
Capital Region Community Foundation awards YATA with funding to support athletic materials for participating boys
Ingham County Board of Commissioners awards YATA with a resolution in acknowledgement of its positive community impact
YATA basketball team wins Runner-Up at the State basketball tournament
Would you Like to Become A Mentor?
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!