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Mission & History

Mission

Providing services “cradle to college” ensuring children grow up in safe, nurturing environments in our community.

Service Area

Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Johnson, Knox, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion & Vigo counties.

History

Community Alliance and Services for Young Children (originally 4-C) began in 1971 to promote quality child care services for pre-school children and their families throughout the Wabash Valley.  Services offered to local child care providers included training workshops and learning activities in early childhood to increase the competence of preschool teachers and providers.  In 1978, the organization received funding for the establishment of child care resource and referral service.  In the early 1990s, the agency expanded to include funding through the Child Care Development Fund Voucher program and Child And Adult Care Food Program.

In the mid 1980s CHANCES for Indiana Youth was developed to provide substance abuse prevention, positive youth development and early-intervention services through the collaborative efforts of local youth serving organizations and governmental agencies.   CHANCES began as a grassroots effort to combat the growing alcohol and drug problems facing Vigo County youth.   The  agency was awarded The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation grant funding to expand services.   In addition,  youth programs were added such Teen Court, Strengthening Families, and Safe Kids.   In 2008, CHANCES for Indiana Youth led a collaborative group of non-profits to be selected to lease and provide programming at the Booker T. Washington Community Center.   In 2011, CHANCES for Indiana Youth became the affiliate for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vigo County.

In April 2013 Community  Alliance and Services for Young Children and CHANCES for Indiana Youth merged to form one agency- Chances And Services for Youth (CASY).  By providing services and investing in our local community, CASY has a unique opportunity to identify and respond to the needs of clients, partnering organizations and the communities we serve.  For the past thirty years, two separate organizations have  been at the forefront of community collaboration.  Now one agency, we have a history of collaborating and networking with local, state, and national non-profit organizations, businesses, and governmental/law enforcement agencies to provide cost effective programs for infants through college age children and their families.