Youth as Resources

Youth As Resources (YAR) utilizes the creative minds of our community’s youth to improve our local counties. YAR gives youth a voice and creates a better community for all through volunteering.

  • Challenges youth to channel their creative energy and skills into design projects that will help the community.
  • Awards grants to youth volunteer groups for youth-led service projects. Grant workshops are conducted before each grant deadline to advise youth on how to apply.
  • Gives youth a voice through action boards in each of our six counties. Youth and adult board members work in partnership to make all funding decisions.

Together we can change society’s outlook on youth from trouble-makers to problem-solvers! YAR serves Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

Upcoming events

A youth lead event that was partially funded by Youth as Resources, a program of United Way and executed by Youth Leaders of DJ Center for Youth, Inc. and the Student Union of Bishop Chatard. The Youth Health Summit will focus on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Human Trafficking and Substance Abuse and Use on Friday, April 22, 2016. The event will also have vendors onsite to provide additional resources regarding public health, college readiness, trainings, scholarships, upcoming opportunities and more. The event is open to all Junior High and High Schools. It will take place at the University of Indianapolis from 8:30am to 3pm. Transportation stipends are available for up to $100. For more information, follow us on Instagram @djcenter4youth and Facebook or email





Global Youth Service Day:

The 2016 date for Global Youth Service Day is April 15-17. Read about GYSD 2015 including a couple of the projects completed. 


Program Contacts:

Marion County (Main): Annie Smith
Boone County: Amy Hammerle
Hamilton County: Jill Troha
Hancock County: Jeannie Roberts
Hendricks County: Amy Boyles
Morgan County: Janet McGaha