CT 4-H Mentoring Project

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The CT 4-H Mentoring Project is a prevention program designed to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, building character, and developing life skills in a fun learning environment.

GROUP MENTORING

Volunteer mentors work with youth to build academic and social skills

4-H ACTIVITIES

Activities serve to enhance social competencies through leadership opportunities, community service, and group projects

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Group activities designed to strengthen family bonds through social interaction and fun activities

The CT 4-H Mentoring Project is a prevention program designed to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, building character, and developing life skills in a fun learning environment. This 12-month mentoring program serves 80 youth, ages 8-14, in the Waterbury community. This program includes three components: Group Mentoring, 4-H Activities and Family Night Out. Tutoring is offered in addition to one of three focus areas: karate, creative arts, or dance. We are a community-based mentoring program, seeking to provide positive role models. CT 4-H Mentoring is one of the many Mentoring Programs conducted by Waterbury Youth Services.

CT 4-H Mentoring Project Goals

Improves academic performance

Increases interpersonal skills

Strengthens family relationships

CREATIVE ARTS

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Creative Arts classes are held weekly for 4-H members during which youth are exposed to a wide variety of mediums and artistic concepts. The projects help develop positive self esteem, imagination and creative expression. The projects are displayed in the Youth Art Gallery at our agency.

DANCE TEAM

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4-H members can join Waterbury Youth Services' Dance Team. Weekly practice promotes fitness, positive youth relationships and team spirit. The Dance Team participates in local parades and events, including marching in the Eastern States Exhibition parade, Waterbury Back to School Rally, 4-H Expressive Arts Day and the Durham Fair.

KARATE CLASS

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Beaudoin Academy of Karate holds a weekly karate class at Waterbury Youth Services for 4-H members. Besides being great exercise, the classes teach the youth self-discipline and respect and shows them the value of hard work and determination. Both boys and girls enjoy competing in local tournaments.

JOIN OUR PROGRAM - BECOME A MENTOR

For more information about how you can join our 4-H Mentoring Project or become a 4-H Mentor please contact Melissa Kirschbaum, 4-H Mentoring Project Coordinator at 203-573-0264 or mkirschbaum@waterburyyouthservices.org. Waterbury Youth Services offers many mentoring opportunities where you can make a difference. Please visit our Mentoring Page for more information.

The CT 4-H Mentoring Project was adapted from the Utah State University Cooperative Extension Service Youth and Families with Promise program and is funded through the National 4-H Council with project support by Award No. 2010-JU-FX-0016 of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs.