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Recent News & Highlights

Our Studio Arts Program Honors Black History Month

By Katiana Smith | Mar 6, 2023

A Journey of Self-Love and Empowerment We’re proud to share the stunning works of art our Studio Arts program created during Black History Month. Our talented artists, with their Facilitator Tatiana Ramos, explored the beauty, history, and significance of black hair, and created unique pieces that capture its essence and celebrate its cultural importance. For…

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Get Ready to Shine at Prom with Waterbury Youth Services’ Annual Perfect Prom Project

By Katiana Smith | Mar 3, 2023

Look Your Best Without Breaking the Bank Prom is a night to remember, but finding the perfect outfit can be stressful – and expensive. But on April 22nd and April 23rd from 10am-2pm, high school students can snag their dream prom attire for FREE. That’s right – free dresses, suits, and tuxes! From dresses and…

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Helping Girls Find Their Voice: Join Live Girl Confidence Club at WYS

By Katiana Smith | Feb 22, 2023

Attention all girls in grades 6-9! Are you looking for a safe and supportive space to develop your self-esteem and social emotional intelligence? Look no further than Live Girl Confidence Club, hosted by Waterbury Youth Services. This free program provides a BRAVE SPACE for girls to develop self-esteem, social emotional intelligence, and empathy – the…

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WYS Staff Become CPR Certified

By Katiana Smith | Jan 30, 2023

Waterbury Youth Services staff recently took a vital step in being prepared for emergency situations by completing a CPR certification course. The course, which was taught by Sha’Kenya Whittaker, the owner of Just Breathe CT, LLC, was a combination of online and in-person training. This innovative approach allowed staff to learn the necessary skills and…

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Support WYS Youth while you Shop

By Katiana Smith | Jan 27, 2023

Make A Difference for Waterbury’s Youth with the AmazonSmile Program Every purchase will help support our 16 programs that help youth reach their full potential. DON’T WAIT! Enroll in AmazonSmile NOW with these 4 simple steps: • Visit • Sign in to your Amazon account • Search for and select “Waterbury Youth Services” as…

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Gently Used Winter Coats Available at WYS

By Katiana Smith | Jan 27, 2023

Gently Used Winter Coats Available at Waterbury Youth Services Waterbury Youth Services has some gently used winter coats to give to anyone who needs a coat on a first come first serve basis. Sizes and quantity are limited. Please call Shenquaya Clements to schedule an appointment 203- 573-0264.

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Building a Bright Future with Insights from Thomaston Savings Bank

By Katiana Smith | Jan 25, 2023

Becky from Thomaston Savings Bank recently had the opportunity to speak with a group of LAL youth at Waterbury Youth Services about careers in banking. The presentation was a great success and provided valuable insights for the young adults in attendance. Becky discussed the different types of careers available in the banking industry, including tellers,…

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Felicia Diaz: Waterbury Community Trailblazer – Recognized with Prestigious Award from Dominican Republic President

By Katiana Smith | Jan 20, 2023

WYS Employee Spotlight Mrs. Felicia Diaz, our dedicated and hardworking POWER Facilitator, was recently honored with a prestigious award for her contributions to the Waterbury community. The award ceremony, which took place at the Marriot Hotel, was attended by a wide range of community leaders, politicians, and local residents. Mrs. Diaz has been working as…

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