Collaborative Problem Solving Parenting Workshop
Are you parenting a behaviorally challenging kid? At your wits end? Maybe you’ve tried it all and you’re still struggling?
Join us for a 4-part workshop that will introduce Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), a strengths-based approach that brings new ideas and new hope for helping kids with behavioral challenges. Challenging kids typically lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. The CPS approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching skills by teaching parents and kids how to resolve chronic problems collaboratively.
This program will be facilitated by Think:Kids certified parent mentor Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed.
Wednesdays, October 18,25 and November 1,8,15*(*optional support) from 6-8 pm at the Colchester Youth Center. There is no cost to attend and will include free dinner and childcare.
Sky’s The Limit
No School? How about a fun trip?! Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to join Youth Services for a day of fun on Thursday, October 19th from 9:00am-4:00pm. We will bounce around at Launch and then have lunch and play games at Dave and Busters. Jumping, buffet lunch, $20 power card, and unlimited video games are included for the $48 registration fee. Register online today!
The Mask You Live In
October 24, 2017 6:00-8:00pm Cragin Library
Please join Colchester Youth Services, Safe Futures, and Cragin Library, for a free screening of the award winning documentary, The Mask You Live In. The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. We invite all young men (ages 12 and up), with their Dad or other significant man in their lives, to attend the movie screening and discussion. Pre-registration is preferred but not required, by contacting Youth Services at (860)537-7255 or email@example.com. Dinner will be provided by Plum Tomato.
SHARP- Home Alone Safety for Kids
Kids age 10 and up $35
November 6, 13*, 20 from 5:00-6:30 (4:30-6:00 on 11/13) Town Hall- Meeting Room 1
Provide your child with valuable safety information whether they are left home alone for a few minutes or a few hours! The S.H.A.R.P. program helps prepare children to be safe when staying home alone by providing valuable safety information and correcting common misconceptions that both children and parents have. Through role playing and hands-on activities, children will learn basics of fire, medical and personal safety tips. This 3 session program is taught by Mindy Johnston, who has a BS Degree in Nursing and has been an Emergency Medical Technician and Auxiliary State Trooper for more than 27 years.
Fun, Food, & A Film
Join Youth Services for a day of fun on Tuesday, November 7th. We will be playing laser tag at Laser Quest, lunch at Five Guys Burgers & Fries, and going to a PG-13 movie at Metro Movies!! There is no better way to spend a day off from school! The trip will leave Town Hall at 9:00am and return at 4:00pm. This trip is for students in grades 6-12 and costs $41. (You'll want to bring a little extra spending money if you want snacks at the movies.)
Teens in Action- Food Bank
Every Tuesday during the school year from 2:30-3:30pm Grades 7-12 FREE
Students will sign up for a one month commitment, please only sign up for one month during the school year so that others are able to participate.
This volunteer opportunity gives youth the chance to sort food donations, stock the shelves, and clean and organize the food bank. Volunteers will report to the Town Hall directly after school. Snack will be provided. Space is limited for this group and pre-registration is required, so don’t wait to sign up!
Open Youth Center
Open Youth Center provides a safe, drug and alcohol free drop-in center for middle school aged kids. The Youth Center is a great space where kids feel safe and comfortable and have the opportunity to “just be kids” for a while. While at the Youth Center, we hope that they feel connected to one or more of our staff members and look to us as role models and sounding boards, should they need that. Open Youth Center is staffed by our full-time program coordinators as well as 4 part time youth center supervisors.
During Open Youth Center, kids can have a snack, play pool, air hockey, video games, basketball and more. We also have crafts, spaces to relax, and a reading/homework area. Weather permitting, we offer organized activities on the Green.
While at the Youth Center, we expect all participants to:~
- Be Honest
- Be kind: no name calling, teasing or bullying
- Sign in and out
- Clean up after themselves
- Be Respectful: respect YOURSELF,
respect others and treat our things
as if they were your own~
Please remember, attending the Youth Center is a privilege and not meeting behavioral expectations will have consequences. Repeated or severe violations may result in a suspension from the Youth Center.
Pre-registration is not required, but is highly preferred for the safety and well-being of all participants. On-line registration must be completed within one week after the first time the youth attends the Youth Center.
The hours for Open Youth Center are:
Grades 7 & 8: Mondays
Grades 6: Wednesdays
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm