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Welcome to the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services! Please explore our site to discover opportunities, resources, and assets. Join us in shaping a stronger future for our youth today. We are the heartbeat of Youth Services across all 77 Oklahoma counties. 


Empowering Families and Youth Across Oklahoma

Our Goal, Vision & Commitment

We Value, Harmony, Joy, Integrity, Honesty, Peace, and Excellence

A Culture of Creativity is Life at OAYS

“Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.”

                                                                    – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A Message From Our Executive Director/CEO


"OAYS is driven by a profound commitment to the future of Oklahoma's youth."


Greetings All,

At the heart of America, where the winds sweep across the plains and the spirit of community thrives, the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services (OAYS) stands as a beacon of hope and support for children, youth, and families in every corner of our great state. With 36 member agencies spread across the diverse landscapes of Oklahoma, we are committed to providing a statewide reach that ensures no child or family is left behind.

Our Driving Force

OAYS is driven by a profound commitment to the future of Oklahoma's youth. Our mission is simple yet profound: to empower and uplift children, youth, and families in every demographic by providing a network of support, resources, and opportunities that nurture growth, resilience, and success.

The Strength of 36

With 36 member agencies working collaboratively across Oklahoma, OAYS has created a powerful network of dedicated professionals, passionate advocates, and compassionate caregivers. These agencies serve as the backbone of our Association, forming a united front to address the unique needs of children and families in their respective communities.

Our member agencies are carefully selected based on their unwavering commitment to the well-being of Oklahoma's youth. They are diverse in their approaches yet share a common goal: to ensure that every child, regardless of their background or circumstances, has access to the support and opportunities they need to thrive.

A Statewide Impact

OAYS doesn't just serve urban centers or specific regions; we serve every county, every community, and every demographic in Oklahoma. Our dedication to statewide reach means that whether you live in a bustling city or a quiet rural town, you can count on OAYS to be there when you need us most.

Our commitment to our communities ensures that we understand the unique challenges faced by different communities. By embracing this diversity, we are better equipped to provide tailored solutions that address the specific needs of children, youth, and families in various cultural, social, and economic contexts. Please find a complete listing of our designated Youth Services Agencies below.

Together, we make a difference!

Dr. Peter John A. Messiah

Executive Director/CEO

Oklahoma Association of Youth Services


Empowering  Families &
Youth Across Oklahoma

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