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Volunteer opportunity for grades 7-12
Teens in Action is a service learning program with the goal of having teens take pride in their community and acknowledging the things that they can do to make change in the world around them. Colchester Youth Services provides several different activities throughout the school year and during school breaks. One of our ongoing projects is taking care of the Colchester Food Bank, which serves residents right here in our own town. Each Tuesday during the school year, we will have students come to the Town Hall after school from 2:30-3:30 to help stock the shelves, clean, and organize the space so that it is ready for shopping days. Students will sign up with the commitment of attending each Tuesday during a 2 month period.
SHARP (Safe Home Alone Readiness Program)
Kids age 10 and up $35
November 13, 20, 27 from 5:00-6:30 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 28 years.
Youth Action Council
Youth Action Council (Y.A.C.) is a community service group for passionate and hard-working high school students. The group’s mission is to provide students an opportunity to develop leadership qualities while participating in volunteer activities. Members decide what goals they would like to accomplish and work together during the year to plan and complete them. Y.A.C. meets Tuesdays after school throughout the school year at the Youth Center from 2:15-3:30pm regularly, with some fluctuating days and times if a project requires. Y.A.C. will begin on Tuesday, September 11th. Transportation is provided from Bacon Academy to the Youth Center. Regular attendance in required. Please fill out an application, found on www.colchesterct.gov/youth, and return to Youth Services by September 4th. Limited spots available.
Youth Force Group
Youth Force Group is a community service group for middle school students. Youth will decide at the beginning of the session what causes they are most passionate about, and from there, they will form the projects they want to work on throughout the group. Members will have fun working together to make a positive change in their community. Additionally, this year, Youth Force Group will have the responsibility of helping Youth Services plan activities for Open Youth Center, sharing ideas for Community Conversations, and being the overall voice for their peers. Meetings will be held on Tuesdays, from September 11 – January 15, from 2:15-4:00 pm at the Youth Center. Regular attendance is required. Please fill out an application, found on www.colchesterct.gov/youth, and return to Youth Services by September 7th.
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 5 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 – 4:30pm