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About Youth as Resources Wayne County

Youth As Resources exists to empower youth to realize their potential and positively influence their community. YAR develops responsible, involved, caring citizens through positive youth development, youth/adult partnerships, and youth community involvement.


Youth As Resources began in 1986 as an initiative of the National Crime Prevention Council. In the spring of 1998, as a project of youth involved in the county youth leadership program, Youth As Resources of Wayne County was formed.

Since it’s inception, Youth As Resources of Wayne County has invested over $40,600 in 98 youth projects. Youth-directed projects have involved 2,069 youth volunteers delivering over 20,300 hours of service. Adults working with youth have volunteered 5,502 hours. Over 91,340 people throughout Wayne County have benefited from youth projects.


Today, youth throughout Wayne County, continue to play a major role in YAR by serving as board officers and committee co-chairs, and are actively involved in all areas of board governance. The host agency for YAR is Centerstone of Indiana, Center of Behavioral Health.

Youth As Resources serves junior high and high school students through the programs YES! (Youth Empowered to Serve) and Voice. These programs are present in all five of Wayne County’s school districts. Funds for student-led community service projects are available through Youth As Resources grant program. Student projects can receive amounts up to $500.
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