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Youth Recognition Awards

Each year in April, Clarkston Area Youth Assistance has the privilege of honoring students that have enhanced our community through their willingness to give their time, energy and knowledge to others. These youth are nominated by community members (schools, organizations, churches, neighbors) that have watched these youth exhibit kindness and generosity to others. The Youth Recognition Ceremony is a time that community leaders come together to recognize and say "thank you" to the youth in the community that are making a difference.

The 2018 Clarkston Area Youth Assistance Youth Recognition Event will be held April 25, 2018 and nominations are now being accepted. Click on the link below for more details and a nomination form. Please consider nominating a special student for this wonderful honor.

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance is a non-profit community service organization committed to strengthening youth and families by preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency, child neglect and child abuse through community involvement. Volunteers work with a professional staff to plan and sponsor enriching programs for young people and families in the Clarkston Community Schools district.


Clarkston Coalition

Clarkston Coalition for Youth

Clarkston Coalition for Youth is a community-wide approach to prevent and reduce substance abuse using the strengths and resources of individuals and organizations. Through collaboration and developing partnerships we provide the support and information that our youth need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The Coalition’s programs and partnerships are the building blocks to achieving our desired outcome: helping the youth of our community to abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, so they have the ability to reach their fullest potential.

Optimist Club

Clarkston Optimist Club

The Optimist Creed

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Clarkston Optimists, a member of Optimists International, is a non-profit organization that supports their local community. Our goals are to:

  • Aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self is in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world,
  • Develop optimism as a philosophy of life,
  • Promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs,
  • Inspire respect for the law and,
  • Promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people.

The Clarkston Optimist Club’s activities are focused on the youth of the community, respect for law and promoting patriotism. The club sponsors Junior Optimist Clubs (JOOI) at the elementary, middle school, junior high school and high school levels. Student of the Year recognitions are held at each school in the Clarkston Schools district. A multitude of programs throughout the year are focused on youth - Friendly Forest, Optic Socks, Renaissance Elves project, Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest, grants to youth programs, SCAMP Field Day and the Fourth of July parade sponsorship.

Clarkston for Life

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We're Stronger Together

Clarkston for Life is a community well-being initiative focused on the social, emotional, and physical health of Clarkston’s children, adults, and older residents, with an understanding that well-being is the key to positive life outcomes.

Over the next five years (and beyond), Clarkston will become a model of community well-being as our residents grow in their knowledge and understanding of the research behind achieving wellness.

Clarkston for Life is a collaborative effort created by Clarkston Community Schools, area businesses, health care professionals, counselors and wellness experts. The “red thread” in the Clarkston for Life logo is meaningful. In many cultures, a red thread is a metaphor for uniting and building connections. It is suggested once a person enters our lives and makes an impact, the connection lasts a lifetime.


Clarkston for Life
P: 248.623.5460

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PTA Council

Clarkston PTA Council

The mission of the Clarkston PTA Council is to promote well-being of all Clarkston children through ...
1. Advocacy
2. Family-School Partnerships
3. Support to local units

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Clarkston SCAMP

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Clarkston SCAMP is a five-week summer day camp in Clarkston, Michigan developed and designed for special needs children and young adults. The camp is more than just an exciting place for the SCAMPers; this program provides a growing and learning opportunity for both the young adults hired to be aides for the SCAMPers, as well as the volunteers. It provides the parents of the SCAMPers the calming effect of knowing that their child is in a safe haven and having a good time that they might not be able to experience any other way.

All this is made possible by the hard work and dedication of the board members of the North Oakland SCAMP Funding Corporation and generous donations of the people, like you, who have come to know, appreciate, and love the efforts of SCAMP.

Fundraisers held throughout the year help supplement the cost of the program.

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