Mental Health Intensive Adolescent Opportunity Program (AOP)/ Youth Intervention Services. A positive alternative for our young people that are involved with the youth court systems which mandate training schools. This is one of your programs in George, Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties that work with the courts, youth, families and schools to provide a rounded education about alternatives to negative behaviors and is court-ordered.
The goal of the youth court-referred program is to divert youth from training school. AOP is designed to assist youth with decreasing criminal activity, increasing school attendance, developing goals, seeking and obtaining employment, developing communication and socialization skills, recognizing and implementing alternative methods to dealing with anger, as well as inspiring youth to be more positive and productive citizens. AOP combines daily counseling, daily supervision and activity monitoring, family, and group counseling. The Mental Health Intensive Adolescent Opportunity Program is fund by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
The AOP program has a Program Coordinator, nine counselors, six program assist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Master Social Work, Art Therapist, and intern students.
AOP TRACK RECORD:
- The program began 1995 and has been funded for sixteen years.
- Over 10,000 youth have completed the AOP program on the Gulf Coast.
Youth are able to continue living with family and attending school and receive exposure to various topics and career paths. Involve your business or industry today in touching the life of an at-risk teen.
Community Health: Third Grade Swim
During the school year, the YMCA provides swim lessons and aquatic safety, free of charge to every 3rd grader in Ocean Springs schools.
Community Health: Military Outreach
We offer military discounts to service men and women and their families. Call for more information.
YMCA Christian Values Conference
Held in the beautiful North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Center, the conference takes over 500 teens from across the nation on a life changing journey of self discovery and amazing memories. The MS Gulf Coast YMCA hosts a delegation at the conference. Held from Sunday, July 12 – Friday, July 17, 2015.
Volunteerism & Giving
Financial Support: Annual Support Campaign
For many children, families and adults, the YMCA is the place they turn to for encouragement and support to accomplish their dreams. Make a difference in someone’s life and invest in your Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA. Pairing the YMCA’s resources with community needs allow you to give to programs and services that matter most to you- causes that are close to your heart. Your charitable contribution can impact the life of an underserved pre-school child, an idle teenager, a deserving single parent, or an isolated senior adult. Whether you give to the annual Strong Kids campaign, to a building campaign or another gift, you can make an impact. A little goes a long way to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. We thank our donors for not only believing in the YMCA’s ability to make a difference, but for taking the steps to ensure we can.
Volunteers: Program Volunteers
“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” -Theophrastus
Volunteers are vital to the success of the YMCA. From youth sports coaches and board members to fundraisers, volunteers make the Y what it is today. There is always an exciting event to plan, programs that need talented individuals, and mentoring opportunities