Fundraiser launched to support Noblesville youth

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Youth Assistance Program is reaching out for help in a way the organization never has before. From now through the end of March, NYAP is launching its first ever fundraising campaign.

“Noblesville area businesses can have a direct impact on improving the lives of youth who are facing some of life’s greatest challenges,” said Matt Nelis, president of the NYAP board of directors. “Our supporters can give hope and encouragement to those in our community who need just a little extra to truly thrive – and funding these critical programs is the key to making this happen.”

The Noblesville Youth Assistance Program’s daily mission is to advocate for at-risk kids ages 3-17 with a holistic approach tapping into all the area’s resources. NYAP coordinates these resources to provide food and clothing, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring as well as camp and other recreational opportunities.

NYAP currently supports 140 students. In 2017, NYAP served 8,000 meals during the summer months in a partnership with Hamilton County Food Bank, provided one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for 105 students and offered summer camp opportunities to 48 students. Its two full-time staff members want to reach more students as the need has grown beyond NYAP’s current funding through Hamilton County, the City of Noblesville and other charitable providers.

“Despite the image of affluence of Hamilton County, the need here is very real,” said Tricia Akers, executive director of the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program, the umbrella organization that oversees all six of its chapters. “Thanks to our partners, we have been able to provide those things that are not accessible to a great number of our youth. Now we want to reach even more kids in need, and we’re asking the business community to step up and help.”

Donors at all amounts are encouraged to give. Sponsors who donate to NYAP at the $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 level will be recognized on social media and at the Noblesville Schools Shining Stars event to be held May 2 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. This annual event honors a student from each of the ten schools from elementary through high school.

Donors can visit youthassistance.org/make-a-donation/Noblesville and click the “donate” button.

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