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Youth Services’ Community Conversation – December 5th
Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness
Join us on Wednesday, December 5th for a presentation by Connecticut State Trooper, Katherine Cummings. Trooper Cummings is a School Resource Officer, social media liaison and the statewide DARE coordinator. She will present on Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness, including social media trends, adolescent behavior online and resources for keeping your family safe. This event will be held at William J. Johnston Middle School from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Black Box Theater. Free pizza is served at 5:45pm. This event is for parents and adult community members only and is a free event. For more information, please contact Colchester Youth Services at (860) 537-7255 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colchester Youth Services’ 2019 Resolution Run 5K
Start the New Year off on the right foot! Colchester Youth Services 2019 Resolution Run will kick off at a reasonable 10:00 AM on New Year’s Day at Colchester Town Hall. This event welcomes families and participants of all ages to come run, walk or crawl their way to the finish line! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to “run into” 2019!
Medals will be awarded in the following age categories for men and women: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.
Early bird registration through December 31, 2018 (4:30 PM) is only $20 and $15 for students. Same day registration is $25 for all. Grab a friend or start a team to participate in the New Year’s Day 5K walk/run to support Colchester Youth Services. All proceeds benefit our scholarship fund and Youth Center improvements. Registration is quick and easy at www.lightboxreg.com. Participants are encouraged to register in advance to receive early bird rates. Start 2018 off with a bang!
Hartford Wolf Pack Trip
Join Youth Services on a trip to see the Hartford Wolf Pack hockey team play against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday, January 18th. Dinner at Chili’s is included. This trip runs from 5 pm-10 pm and pick-up and drop-off are at the Town Hall. Registration fee is $28.00.
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 Tuesdays; January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12 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 36 years, having instructed more than 3500 boys and girls. The cost of the program is $68 per child. Class size is limited. For more information or to register your child contact youth services at 860 537-7255 or email@example.com
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.
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