UTP VIII Beneficiaries

The Character Development Learning Institute program is being delivered through the West St. Tammany YMCA’s Leaders Club.  This program encourages parent/teen involvement through weekly training and activities designed to develop character traits such as: Empathy, Responsibility, Relationship Building, Emotion Management and Personal Development.  This program promotes building stronger family units and assists in filling in the gaps that today’s young people face in their development. 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a program provided by the Youth Service Bureau that trains and supervises community volunteers from all walks of life to be a voice in Court for abused and neglected children, to help judges find them safe and permanent homes. CASA assists the Court in its determination of the best interest of children by providing a first-hand, independent perspective.  CASA benefits our community by working to help end the cycle of child abuse and helps children have what all children deserve - safe, permanent homes.