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CAYA - Pinwheels for Prevention

The Clarkston Area Youth Assistance (CAYA) Pinwheels for Prevention Program, started as a springtime Clarktson tradition in April 2016, with joyful blue pinwheels spinning in gardens planted throughout the community, symbolizing that childhood should be filled with hope, happiness, and kindness.  The Pinwheels for Prevention Program began as part of a nationwide campaign and has become more fully aligned with the community’s interest in creating a culture of well-being, where children and youth can thrive.  Now, Clarkston’s blue pinwheels have become more interactive and impactful, reminding each and every one of us, children, youth, and adults alike, that we have a role to play in creating a culture of well-being—understanding that we can positively impact someone’s life by what we say and do.  The blue pinwheel gardens across the Clarkston area reflect community interest and support to help children and youth feel safe, hopeful, and welcomed throughout the community.

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance (CAYA) is a prevention program that is focused on strengthening youth and families through community involvement. CAYA is one of 26 Youth Assistance (YA) offices that are located in every school district throughout Oakland County. Each YA office is sponsored by Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division, local school districts, and local municipalities; in addition to the County Circuit Court, CAYA’s local sponsors include Clarkston Community Schools, Independence Township, Springfield Township, and The City of the Village of Clarkston. CAYA’s programs and services include Casework Services, Family Education, Homework Club, Mentors Plus, Camp Scholarships, Skill Building Scholarships, Youth Recognition, and Pinwheels for Prevention. Visit the CAYA website for more information: