It has been a challenging year but because of your support, our amazing staff and their perseverance to overcome any challenge given them, Waterbury Youth Services continues to thrive with enthusiasm, impacting youth and families in a positive way. Everyone in the organization works tirelessly each day to create a safe and cheerful environment to those in need, offering various opportunities under the 22 programs we provide. Our After School Linking Academics to Life, Juvenile Justice Programs, helping with homelessness and child abuse, Work Force Innovations, support services for parents and various mentoring programs are just to name a few ways we create brighter futures for our youth and families.
The Board and the organization leadership continue to raise the bar for improving how we do business. We are completing a Strategic Plan effort designed to set realistic and achievable goals for the organization as we look forward. Our focus is to strengthen how we can make the most impact to those who we serve, while being good stewards fiscally with each dollar our donors and funders entrust us with to make the most impact.
Funding of our programs requires fiscal discipline, hard work to secure grants in a very competitive environment, and an increased focus on individual and corporate giving. We can proudly report the organization is sound financially due to the Board of Directors and Executive Team’s fiscal foresight to take control. Our 2018 annual audit again showed positive financial wellness.
Connecticut State budget issues still are real and deep and these uncertain times challenge us each day. So if you are an existing donor, or wish to give for the first time, please visit our website, follow us on Facebook or call to make a donation. There are so many ways your support will help the youth in the community.
The contributions made by donors and volunteers are essential to our mission and we thank you for your generosity. Giving to Waterbury Youth Services offers everyone we serve hope, a meal, a safe place to receive help, skills to secure a job, and a chance for a brighter future.
I enthusiastically thank the Board, all of our donors, volunteers and staff for their unconditional support. It’s only with your help that can we make a positive impact on the lives of many, one life at a time.
Mark E. Lancor
Mark E. Lancor
Youth councils are an effective way to get youth involved in solving local problems and more actively engaged in the community. Join Waterbury Youth Council and find your voice through organizing, advocacy and community leadership. All high school age youth are welcome.
First meeting will be held February 27, 2019 and cover:
- Networking with other students
- Council Projects & Goals
We invite students ages 9-17 and their families to "Swipe Right Night": A Youth Programs Open House on Tuesday, March 12 from 4-pm at 83 Prospect St., Waterbury.
Jointly hosted by Waterbury Youth Services' staf and member students, this event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the agenc's free after-school programs. Youth will have 15 minutes to observe each program. If they like what they see, they can stay for the duration of the class. If they don’t, they can “swipe right” and move down the hall to observe the next after-school program in session.
Enrollment is free and open for “Linking Academics to Life (LAL)” and “Girls Who Code” for high school students.
- Linking Academics to Life: College, career and life-readiness after school program for high school teens.
- Girls Who Code: Based on the nationally acclaimed Girls Who Code program, this new after-school club for high school girls is aimed at closing the gender gap in Information Technology (IT).
- 4-H Mentoring: This is a year long prevention program for youth ages 9-13 designed to assist them in acquiring knowledge, building character, and developing life skills in a fun learning environment. Program activities: dance, creative arts, karate.
Free refreshments, food, and prizes. For more information or to RSVP, contact Marianne Malanaphy at 203-573-0264 x320.