Hidden in Plain Sight- Community Conversation
Join us on Thursday, February 22nd for an amazing and unique opportunity to learn what no one else is going to tell you about teen drug and alcohol trends. Colchester Youth Services and Michele Divine of Southeastern Regional Action Council present a “Mock Teen Bedroom,” and challenge parents to find drug and alcohol related items that most parents would never be able to identify. With this training, parents will learn more about drug trends and signs such as: Concealment areas, hidden containers, Music, Clothing, Logos and more! In this Community Conversation, there will be separate parent and student presentations. Colchester students grades 7-12 will receive a presentation on substance abuse from the Looking In Theater. Participating teachers will be giving
extra credit for students to attend! This event will be held at Bacon Academy on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00p.m.- 7:30p.m. There will be free pizza at 5:45p.m. and babysitting is available upon request only.
Youth Force Group
We are looking for middle school students who have a passion for helping others. If this sounds like you, fill out an application (it can be found here) and submit it today! This group will meet on Tuesdays from 2:15-4:00pm at the Youth Center. It is open to students in grades 6-8.
Snow Tubing @ Powder Ridge
Sign up today for two hours of snowtubing at Powder Ridge Park and lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Everything that you need is included in this trip, just bring your snow gear and get ready to have fun! The trip will run from 10am-3pm, but Open Youth Center will be available for drop off at 9am before the trip and until 4pm (optional). Open to all students in grades 6-8. Registration fee is $40.
Babysitting Safety Course
Colchester Youth & Social Services is offering a Babysitting Safety Course for youth 11 and older. The course will be held at the Colchester Town Hall on the Wednesdays; February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 from 5-6:30pm. Attendance is required for all classes to complete the course. It is also required that a parent attends the graduation program during the last class.
Students will learn the basics of safety baby-sitting including information on home alone safety during the course. This course is designed to give students the time to understand the material and the opportunity to review that information throughout the duration of the course. Each student will receive an age-appropriate folder, a Sitter’s Note Pad and a card stating that they have completed the course. Classes include role-playing and other hands-on activities.
This course is being taught by Mindy Johnston who has been teaching baby-sitting safety throughout the area for the past 35 years, having instructed more than 3400 boys and girls. The cost of the program is $65 per child. Class size is limited. Registration is online only- click on the yellow star above.
Youth Action Council
Youth Action Council is a full school year after school group that focuses on community service, leadership, and making a difference in the world around us.
Students in the group set their own goals and agendas to better our community. This group is full for the 2017-18 school year, but applications will be accepted for limited openings in the Fall.
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 only 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