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.
Teens in Action
We are looking for a few creative, artistic, and motivated kids in grades 7-12 to help us redesign bulletin boards at the middle and high schools. We will gather after school from 12-3:30pm on March 8th (the ½ day) at the Youth Center where we can combine all of our ideas and create our displays. We will then travel over to the schools to install them. This is a free program and space is limited, so don’t wait to register!
Skys the Limit
No School? How about a fun trip?! Students in grades 6-8 are welcome to join Youth Services for a day of fun on Friday, March 9th 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.
Community Conversation- Screenagers, March 14th
We welcome all parents and their children to join us on Wednesday, March 14th in the Bacon Academy Auditorium from 6-8pm for a presentation of the film Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, followed by a discussion led by Melanie Hathaway, LCSW and teen parent. Screenagers is an award winning film that displays the struggles of technology and family relationships and offers solutions to help our kids navigate the digital world. Pizza will be served at 5:45pm and childcare is available for kids under 10 with advanced registration only. To see a preview and for more information, click here.
Community Wellness Fair- March 25th
Join Colchester Youth and Social Services and the Colchester Farmers Market as we promote wellness in our community. On Sunday, March 25th from 10am -2pm at Colchester Elementary School, we will have an indoor winter farmer’s market, vendors, and educational opportunities for every age group. There will be a free bounce house and face painting for the kids, free hands-on diy stress relief products, self-care resources including free chair massages, and substance abuse education. A community Narcan training will be available from 12-1pm. Come out to this free event to keep Colchester and our surrounding communities healthy!
Monday, April 16th- Fields of Fire 9:00a-4:00p Grades 7-12 $52
Tree top fun at Fields of Fire in Mystic followed by lunch at Ruby Tuesdays. Includes 3 hours of climbing plus training, and lunch. Bring a snack to have while climbing and wear sneakers.
Tuesday, April 17th- Fun, Food & a Film 9:00a-4:00p Grades 6-12 $41
Laser Tag at Laser Quest in Newington, Five Guys Burgers & Fries for lunch, and movies at Metro Movies in Middletown. Activities and lunch are included, bring extra money for movie snacks.
Wednesday, April 18th- Six Flags 10:00a-6:00p Grades 7-12 $50/ $15 with season pass
Spend a day at Six Flags New England. Park admission is included, bring money for lunch and additional spending.
Thursday, April 19th- Sky’s the Limit 9:00a-4:00p Grades 6-12 $48
Launch Trampoline Park in Hartford and Dave & Busters in Manchester. Trip fee includes 90 minutes of jumping, buffet lunch, $20 power card, and unlimited video game play.
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