The Oklahoma Association of Youth Services (OAYS) is comprised of 39 “designated” not-for-profit Youth and Family Service Agencies helping communities throughout all 77 counties of Oklahoma. The Association has a board of directors that are elected from the Association’s membership; a local board governs each Youth and Family Services Agency.

Youth Services Agencies are dedicated to providing high quality services to our state’s greatest assets-children, youth and families. There are five core categories of program services provided by Youth Services Agencies: community development and education, prevention, diversion, behavioral outpatient/rehabilitation services and residential programs.

These community-based services can include individual and group counseling, mentoring, parenting classes, first offender programs, shelters, community intervention centers, and school based services. Each Youth Services Agency is required by Oklahoma State law to undergo an annual peer review process. This review process examines areas such as agency operations, agency policy and procedures, board governance, and service delivery. The review is designed to ensure each agency meets standards and provides quality services.

We believe all  communities have within them the seed, that when nurtured, can help them to embrace who they are,
defining their future, and changing our world.

Our Mission

The mission of the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services is to strengthen member agencies as they strive to improve the overall health and well-being of Oklahoma children and families through advocacy, training, and technical assistance.

Our Vision

OAYS is the leader in youth and family services. Realizing the full potential of youth and family services — providing universal access to quality individualized community-based services, positively impacting children, youth and families — to drive a new era of development, growth, and collaborative community productivity.