Youth Services sponsors positive youth development programs including Job Bank, Youth Evening Programs, After School Programs, Community Service opportunities, Babysitter Training and various other classes.
Youth Evening Programs for our middle school students, sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the Town of Bethany, include an Annual 7th Grade Picnic (August), Back to School Bash (September), and a Halloween Costume Party (October) to name a few.
- Annually each spring, Youth Services, in collaboration with Woodbridge’s First Selectman, accepts nominations for the Woodbridge First Selectman’s Youth Award.
Any Woodbridge youth, 18 or under, who is in school, and who, either individually, or as part of a group, has demonstrated positive actions to improve Woodbridge or assist Woodbridge residents is eligible to be nominated for the First Selectman’s Youth Award. Areas of involvement may include group or individual volunteer work aimed at improving the quality of life in the Woodbridge community.
Principals, teachers, fellow students, neighbors, group leaders, clergy, and volunteer agencies are among those who may nominate a youth for consideration. Parents or family members may not nominate a relative.
The First Selectman’s Youth Award recipient is invited as an honored guest at the Human Services Volunteer Tea and is recognized with a citation and commemorative plaque.
- Youth Services is proud to sponsor an annual session of the after school Guided Study program at Beecher Road School. Started in March of 2008 through a Youth Services grant, the program provides small group tutorial academic and organizational support for students. Certified staff members of Beecher Road School provide individualized instruction based on teacher recommendations, parent input, and student need. The program is designed to promote academic competence, increase organizational skills, improve home-school collaboration and support students at risk. A survey of students has shown a positive response to the program and an increase in confidence throughout the years. Resource teachers, specialists and teachers have the opportunity to invite students who they feel will benefit from this program to participate. Interested parents can speak with teachers about participating.
- Baby Sitter Training is a popular program. A Red Cross Instructor covers all the basics to get teens ready to babysit: leadership, basic care, safety and basic first aid. This two-day class is offered to teens, 12-17 years old. Students must attend both days to earn their certificates of attendance, and plan to bring their own lunches on the first day. Healthy snacks are provided. Registration is required and a fee is charged. Sibling discounts are available. Non-residents will be held on a wait list until a week before the class.
- Our one day Home Alone workshop offers students ages 9 -12 the basics on the responsibilities of staying at home alone. Topics include: Answering Phones, Someone at the Door, Fire Safety, Calling 911, Internet Safety, and Nutritious Snacks. We invite representatives from both fire and police departments to reinforce important safety tips. Registration is required and a fee is charged. Sibling discounts are available. Non-residents will be held on a wait list until a week before the class.
Additional After School Programs may include the Kindness Klub, iPhone Photography Workshops and the Job Readiness program. There are new events introduced throughout the year.
For information on any of our programs, please feel free to call Youth Services: 203-389-3429.
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