Guiding youth to discover their unique talents and potential for success

– One Life at a Time

Providing Quality Programs & Services For Youth & Families


Waterbury Youth Services empowers youth and families to develop the skills they need to be more successful at home, in school and throughout the community. For over 42 years, our caring, talented staff have been providing a range of innovative programs to youth from ages 4 to 24. On-going program evaluation ensures high quality services are delivered which meet ever-evolving community needs.

Working Together With The Community For A Brighter Future


Waterbury Youth Services believes in strong communities and demonstrates this belief through our many local partnerships. We belong to many coalitions and provide leadership to several collaborations. Together, we have helped children stay in school, strengthened families, and made our communities safer. Together we can improve the lives of children and their families in Greater Waterbury.

Inviting You To Join Us In Making A Difference For Our Youth


Experience one of life's greatest joys - the sharing of your time, talent and resources to invest in our future - our youth. Waterbury Youth Services offers many opportunities for you to get involved: become a mentor, volunteer, or make a donation that will help to support our programs. We have several "friend and fund" raisers throughout the year, we would love for you to join us.

Better CHOICES - Brighter FUTURES

A Heartfelt Thank You

Heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated to Waterbury Youth Services during Give Local sponsored by Connecticut Community Foundation. By supporting WYS, you affirmed your confidence in our efforts to guide youth to discover their unique talents and potential for success. Thank you for being a partner in strengthening our community! We are so grateful…

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Never Give Up

Never give up and pay it forward is the message from CJ, WYS student since 2014. “Kids go through a lot at home, at school. It’s easy to give up. WYS has been a big support system for me. Once you start there, you feel like family. WYS has always given me somewhere to go,…

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National Safe Place Week

Special thanks to the Waterbury Mayor’s Office for proclaiming March 18 – 24, 2018 as National Safe Place Week to bring attention to the programs in place to assist youth in crisis. Safe Place is essential as it connects youth to services when they are in crisis and need help the most. Waterbury has 14…

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Waterbury Youth Services normal hours of operation Monday & Friday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday – 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; and Saturday – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  In the event of inclement weather, Waterbury Youth Services will follow the schedule of the Waterbury School District. If Waterbury District…

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Santa’s Workshop Sponsors

On behalf of Waterbury Youth Services and Santa’s Workshop, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors and to all of our auction item donors. Their generous contribution and continued support helped to make this year’s event a great success! Santa’s Workshop, together with our caring community, help to brighten the…

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Reasons To Be Thankful

  “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”~W.T. Purkiser. We have many reasons to be thankful this holiday season! Because of the generosity of our supporters and our caring community, we were able to provide a Thanksgiving feast for all of our youth…

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Preparing For A Successful Future

Youth from our after school programs attended several college fairs/days this month! Our WIOA (Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act) program attended the Danbury College Fair, where they had the opportunity to learn about the 220 colleges/universities/programs that are available to them. They also were able to spend one on one time with advisors and college…

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Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

The 2017 Connecticut Attendance Awareness Campaign website offers great information for parents and guardians: The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in partnership with Attendance Works and The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, is pleased to announce Connecticut’s Attendance Awareness Campaign, Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. With one voice, Connecticut can improve the attendance of our students, beginning…

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Connecticut Family Preparedness Plan

To assist families who have concerns about immigration enforcement, particularly in regards to the possibility of the deportation or detainment of guardians and the impact that it could have on their children, the State of Connecticut has developed a useful toolkit that people can utilize. There is no cost to utilize any of the documents…

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Connecting Youth To Nature

Through Disney’s “Reverse The Decline, Increase the Time” initiative, youth at our Kiwanis Camp are learning about the magic of nature! Waterbury Youth Services is participating in the 2017 Disney 4-H Connecting Youth to Nature Grant. The grant gives youth the opportunity to increase the time they spend exploring the great outdoors. Through a series…

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You Can Help Ensure A Brighter Future For Our Youth