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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 in September and continuing through the final day of school. This campaign is kicked-off in September as part of the nationally recognized Attendance Awareness Month. However, it is a message that will be repeated throughout the entire school year.
Improving attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism takes commitment, collaboration, and tailored approaches to the challenges and strengths of each school community. Schools, communities, and advocates across Connecticut are taking steps to ensure children are attending school more regularly.
You can visit the 2017 Connecticut Attendance Awareness Campaign to downloaded promotional materials, media outreach materials, parent/guardian handouts as well as many other valuable resources.
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 contained in the toolkit, and neither attorneys nor court action are needed.
If you are worried about what will happen to your children if you are detained or deported, you should make a family preparedness plan. We hope that you never have to use your plan, but having one may help reduce the stress of the unexpected.
You can download the CT Family Preparedness Plan here.
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!
We would like to thank the Ion Bank Foundation for awarding Waterbury Youth Services with a check for $1,000 for our Truancy Case Management Program. Last year this program helped 531 students who were chronically absent by providing case management services. These much needed services included assessment of student and family needs in relation to school attendance, referring students and families to appropriate services, home and school visitation attending Pupil Placement Team (PPT) meetings, and monitoring students’ school attendance, performance and behaviors.
Project Safe Place, an outreach network of Waterbury Youth Services is celebrating National Safe Place Week (NSP). NSP Week takes place March 19-25, 2017. This nationally recognized week highlights Safe Place, an outreach and prevention program which brings together businesses, organizations and volunteers to provide immediate help and safety for all young people. Unfortunately, youth may face a variety of dangers in their young lives, including abuse, neglect, bullying, family struggles, homelessness, and more. NSP Week is a time to raise awareness about Safe Place as a critical connection to supportive resources for young people. It's also an opportunity to recognize the many valued Safe Place partners that are committed to serving youth in crisis and ultimately strengthening the national safety net for youth. To learn more and get involved, please visit www.nationalsafeplace.org.
Waterbury Youth Services normal hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In the event of inclement weather, Waterbury Youth Services will follow the schedule of the Waterbury School District. If Waterbury District closes due to severe weather, all after school programs for that day will be canceled.
You can find the most up to date information regarding Waterbury Youth Services on Channel 3 News-WFSB, Channel 8 News-WTNH, Channel 61 News- FOX 61, Channel 30 News-NBC CT.
Information regarding club closures will also be posted on the our website at www.waterburyyouthservices.org and our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/WaterburyYouthServices .