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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.
Outdoor Movie Night with Youth Services
Join us for an Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, September 21st. Outdoor Movie Night is for 6th-8th graders and costs $5. Pizza & popcorn at 6:30, movie will start at 7pm. Pick up will be at the Youth Center, located at 40 Norwich Avenue by 9pm. Bring a chair, blanket and some friends for a drive-in style movie right in town! Movie choices are Jurassic World, School of Rock, Shrek or Guardians of the Galaxy. Feel free to cast your vote by e-mail to email@example.com
You’re Invited to Open House at the Youth Center!
Date: Wednesday, October 3rd
Place: 40 Norwich Avenue
All middle school parents & students are invited to come and see what Open Youth Center is all about! This is a perfect opportunity for parents to check out the Youth Center, meet the staff, get registration information and ask questions about the Youth Center. Families can get a tour from Youth Center supervisors and try out some of the most popular Youth Center activities, including: pool, air hockey, WiiU, Xbox, basketball, and crafts! No pre-registration necessary and we’ll be there to answer any questions you have!
“Clearing the Air About Vaping”
October 24, 2018
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Parents, if you don’t know the difference between an e-cigarette, vape pen, or a Juul and you’ve never heard the term “dripping,” you’re not alone. Vaping is all the rage, especially with teens. The CDC reports that nearly one in four high school students are vaping. The number of middle schoolers jumping on the bandwagon is on the rise as well, with nearly 10% of 8th graders admitting that they’ve vaped in the last month.
This is your chance to get educated and ask all your questions regarding vaping and other drug trends. You can’t prevent what you don’t know.
Parents are also invited to walk through the Mock Teen bedroom and experience a hands on search for clues of substance abuse “hidden in plain sight.”
A separate teen vaping program will be held at the same time for students in grades 7 and up and extra credit will be offered by many teachers! FREE PIZZA!!!
Moonlight Madness on Friday, 10/26/18 4:00pm-10:00pm $45
Open to students in grades 7-12
Join us on this spooky nighttime fall adventure! Corn Maze at Lyman Orchards and ziplining at Empower. in Middletown. Must wear sneakers and active wear. Pizza dinner is included.
Flips, Fries & Flicks on Thursday, 11/01/18 9:00am-4:00pm $45
Open to students in grades 6-12
Have you ever wanted to be a ninja warrior? Now's your chance! USA Ninja Challenge in South Windsor, followed by lunch at Five Guys Burgers & Fries, and then a PG/PG-13 movie in Manchester. Active wear required! Extra money for movie snacks is optional.
Strike IT! on Tuesday, 11/06/18 9:00am-4:00pm $33
Open to students in grades 6-12
Do you like adventure? If the answer is yes, come with us to navigate the world's largest indoor ropes course! IT Adventure Park in New Haven, followed by bowling in Wallingford! Active wear, sneakers and socks are required. Must bring lunch money!
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.
Wireless Wanderers is an after-school program that provides youth the opportunity to take part in activities tech-free. Kids can learn what it feels like to have fun without screens! Each week, we will participate in various activities including hiking, letterboxing, yoga, and more! There will be two different groups based on age: a 4th and 5th grade group and a 6th and 7th grade group. This group will run every Thursday from September 13 – October 18, with 4th/5th graders meeting from 3:15-4:45 pm and 6th/7th graders meeting from 2:15-4:00 pm. Students will be picked up after school by Youth Services and parent pick-up will be at the Youth Center.
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.
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