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 holidays for hundreds of local youth and their families in the Greater Waterbury Area!
"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 and their families and distribute Thanksgiving baskets with everything needed to cook a complete turkey dinner to 90 families.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make it possible for all of our families to have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal:
- Ginny Ciochetti and the Marie & Pat Ciochetti Foundation donated 40 turkeys to give out to our families.
- KBE Building Corp in Farmington and their staff collected and delivered 50 boxes full of everything needed for a complete Thanksgiving dinner to our Agency.
- LaBonne’s Market in Watertown allowed Waterbury Youth Services to collect donations for our Thanksgiving food drive at their store.
- The coaches, parents and students of the Sacred Heart Soccer Team cooked and severed dinner to 100 of our youth and their family members.
- Waterbury Youth Services staff, interns and volunteers collected, sorted, packed and gave out donations.
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 students. Our Senior Prep Program attended the Boys & Girls Club College Day and Woodworking and Entrepreneurial Program attended the CJR College Day.These field trips are just one of the many ways our programs help youth work towards a successful future and to accomplish their goals.
Today is a very special day, United Way Day of Action. Thank you to Liberty Bank and Torrco, Inc., and to their very special staff who gave of their time and talents to help Waterbury Youth Services. The group painted our Youth Resource Room and our Computer Lab with bright beautiful colors. What a great group of volunteers and what an awesome job they did! Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in the United Way Day of Caring and for helping to make our community a better place!
Waterbury Youth Services held our annual "End Of The Year Party" for our after-school programs. Our youth did a fantastic job presenting their projects and highlighting their accomplishments from the past year. We are so proud of all our youth!! After the presentations, awards were given out and everyone enjoyed a barbecue. What a great way to end the school year!
We are very excited to have been awarded two grants from Connecticut Community Foundation! Our Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team (CAIT) Program received $10,000 from the Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund and our Young Women's Conference received $5,000 from the Women's Issues Fund. Thank you Connecticut Community Foundation for your continued support. Together we can improve the lives of children and their families in Greater Waterbury.
Thirty-two participants in our POWER Program completed a comprehensive, twenty-six week professional home day care training program here at Waterbury Youth Services. A graduation ceremony was held to celebrate their success! The program assists participants in acquiring the skills and licenses to operate their own business or work in the area of childcare! Congratulation to all of our graduates!!
Parents, teachers and friends, along with Waterbury Youth Services' staff and board members, came together to celebrate excellence in youth! These special young people were recognized for demonstrating outstanding character in one of our four “Character” categories: Citizenship, Community Service, Initiative & Leadership. Congratulations to all of the award recipients and a very special thank you to the American Savings Foundation for making this event possible each year by their generous sponsorship!
It is “Student Success Week” at Waterbury Youth Services! We are hosting a week of activity for the youth in our afterschool programs. Each day will have a theme: Keys To The City, Youth Advisory Board, Public Health Ambassador and College Preparation. What a great way for the youth to stay busy and have fun; while learning life skills during Spring Break!