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Financial Literacy Workshop

Last month, WYS partnered with Liberty Bank to teach our youth about Financial Literacy.

Our Linking Academics to Life (LAL) youth joined Rosa Carrero, AVP Community Outreach Officer, from Liberty Bank to complete 9 sessions of the banks custom Financial Literacy virtual platform.

The platform provided a personalized approach and focused on quality of life, personal priorities, and decision making. The youth left with priceless knowledge about life, life's choices, and how money plays a role.

Thank You again Liberty Bank for providing invaluable financial literacy that is vital for our youth to learn so they have the tools to achieve financial stability.

Trivia Night Fundraiser Recap

Our Trivia Night w/Rob Dibble was a SUCCESS! We'd like to once again thank our sponsors (listed below) for partnering with us and supporting this event. We want to extend a gracious thank you to Black Hog Brewing Co. and their staff, Rob Dibble, and our Fund Development team for coming together, and working collaboratively to organize Waterbury Youth Service's Annual Spring Fundraiser.

Sponsors:
• George & Elaine McCabe

• Better Homes and Gardens Bannon and Hebert

• BHB Education Consulting

• Golden Technology Services Inc

• Dr. Robert Matusz, Naugatuck Podiatry Associates

• Black Hog Brewing Co

• Rob Dibble

Prize Winners

1st Place: Rob Dibble and Rob Dibble's Smash Factory took the win in sports trivia and generously donated the prize money to Waterbury Youth Services.

2nd Place: Lisa Chiara Monty and her team won 2nd place and generously donated the prize money back to Waterbury Youth Services.

Raffle: Kelly Mannix Pinho generously donated her half of the 50/50 raffle prize.

A special thank you to each of you for giving back and supporting our mission.

Sponsor Our Spring Fundraiser

Help Sponsor our Trivia Night Event with Rob Dibble!

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On May 14th, 2022, from 6-9pm, Waterbury Youth Services, Black Hog Brewing Co, and Rob Dibble are hosting a Sports Trivia Event and encourage you to become one of our sponsors. Join our guests in a game of trivia, food and fun, while enjoying sponsor perks.

Be recognized as a sponsor and help our non-profit raise funds for vital programing benefiting Waterbury's Youth.

To become a Sponsor, please email jperrin@waterburyyouthservices.org

$1000

Includes 10 free trivia tickets, an introduction to guests to say a few words, name and logo prominently displayed on the presentation which will be projected on the Brewery's screen, name and logo on Constant Contact email blasts, Facebook, Instagram, and on our website..

$500

Includes 5 free trivia tickets, name on the presentation which will be projected on the Brewery's screen, name and logo on Constant Contact email blasts, Facebook, Instagram, and on our website.

$250

Includes 2 free trivia tickets, name on the presentation which will be projected on the Brewery's screen, name and logo on Constant Contact email blasts, Facebook, Instagram, and on our website.

Commemorating Child Abuse Awareness Month

On April 21, 2022, the Greater Waterbury Child Advocacy Center (CAC) planted 100 pinwheels at their headquarters at Waterbury Youth Services to raise awareness that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to remind residents that services are available for victims.

“The pinwheel is a national symbol of childhood,” says CAC Director Stacey Rubinfeld. “Each year, we review approximately 100 cases of alleged child abuse so we planted 100 pinwheels to honor each one. Every child deserves a great childhood. Unfortunately, they are sometimes exposed to extreme trauma like child abuse and neglect. Our goal is to support the healthy development of these children and to ensure they are not further victimized by the interventions and systems designed to protect them.”

The CAC team protects children in the Greater Waterbury area by responding to allegations of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and serious neglect, as well as domestic minor sex trafficking. The CAC draws its strength from the combined knowledge of multiple disciplines brought by team members working co-operatively. Partners include: the states attorney’s office (both Adult and Juvenile), the Dept. of Children and Families, local police departments and State Troop A, trained medical personnel, mental health professionals, victim advocates from Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury and court-appointed by the Office of Victim Services, the Office of Juvenile and Adult Probation and Love 146.

If you have concerns or suspicions that a child is being abused, please call the Department of Children and Families hotline 1-800-842-2288 or your local police department.

The Greater Waterbury CAC is accredited as a Children’s Advocacy Center by the National Children’s Alliance. All forensic interviews and medical examinations are conducted free of charge.

To donate to the Waterbury CAC contact Stacey Rubinfeld srubinfeld@waterburyyouthservices.org or directly on our website.

SMART Recovery Family and Friends

SMART Recovery Family and Friends

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Join us Thursdays 5pm - 6:30pm at Waterbury Youth Services.

Do you have a loved one struggling with unhealthy behaviors such as substance use? SMART Recovery Family and Friends group helps you to develop skills to help you cope and encourage your loved one to choose recovery. Group is free and open to any friends and family (no age requirement).

For more information contact:
Yamilet Castillo
(203) 573-0264
ycastillo@waterburyyouthservices.org

SMART Recovery Teen Group

SMART Recovery Teen Group

Ages 18-24

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BE EMPOWERED • MAKE NEW FRIENDS • FEEL UNDERSTOOD

Tuesdays 5pm - 6:30pm at Waterbury Youth Services

Join us for a judgement free mutual support group as we learn to live a balanced life by maintaining motivation and coping with urges. Group is free for young adults ages 18-24 years old, no matter what your addiction is SMART Recovery can help you move towards change.

You will learn to:
• Build and maintain motivation
• Cope with urges
• Deal with thoughts, feelings and behaviors
• Live a balanced life

What it's like:
• Judgement-free
• Friends helping friends
• Fun social gatherings
• Learn skills to take control of your life and be happier!

For more information please contact:
Yamilet Castillo
(203) 573-0264 Ext 316
ycastillo@waterburyyouthservices.org

Waterbury Youth Services’ New Out-Of-School-Program

REBOOT

Waterbury Youth Services New Out-Of-School Suspension (OSS) Program

What is Reboot:

Reboot is a Pilot Program for Waterbury Public Schools Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) Middle School Students. The program is facilitated in a safe, pro-social, pro-educational, positive youth development setting. The program also provides a chance for youth in out of school suspension to reboot in a structured environment.

Program is from 7:30am - 2:30pm
Pick up from 7am - 7:20am
Drop-Off is from 2:30pm - 3pm

Youth Will:

• Be provided with breakfast and lunch during the day
• Be required to wear their school uniforms in program
• Complete school work
• Explore creative outlets
• Learn life Skills
• Explore cultural humility
• Learn healthy behaviors

Activities:

• Healthy Communication
• Building Relationships
• Handling Conflict
• Finding and sharing their voice
• Our Circle programming
• Team building

For more information contact: Amanda Augeri at (203) 573-0264 / aaugeri@waterburyyouthservices.org

Perfect Prom Project

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A wide selection of free prom dresses, men's formal wear and accessories.

APPOINTMENTS ENCOURAGED, BUT WALK -INS WELCOME. FOR TEENS UNABLE TO ATTEND THE ARPRIL 23RD EVENT, PLEASE CONTACT WATERBURY YOUTH SERVICES TO SCHEDULE AN ALTERNATIVE DATE AND TIME.

Contact Waterbury Youth Services at (203) 573-0264

Local Foundations Boost After School Program

Peoples’ United Foundation, Elisha Leavenworth Foundation,
Thomaston Savings Bank

Boost After School Program

EDUCATION

Empowering afterschool program for high school students gets
boost from community Foundations.  

For many Waterbury students, the end of the school day means the start of an afternoon without direction, without productive activities, and sometimes without supervision.

Afterschool programs provide essential services like a safe and supervised learning environment, enriching activities, snacks, and caring and inspiring mentors.

For youth and families in need, Waterbury Youth Services’  Linking Academics to Life has filled the gap for high-quality, engaging afterschool programs for high school students in the city for more than 10 years.

“Each year, 50 youth come through the Linking Academics to Life (LAL) program,” says Kathi M. Crowe, Waterbury Youth Services’ Executive Director. “Youth not only have access to a range of academic supports, but they are also paired with mentors who track their development as they navigate through their tricky high school years.  The growth and development we see month to month is amazing.”

In a survey issued by the Connecticut Youth Association Services Survey, youth in LAL reported: 96% felt safe in the program, 90% learned new skills and can use the skills when they leave the program, 92% got the help they needed, and 88% trusted the staff.

LAL, which costs approximately $172,000 to run each year, is funded 100% by donations from private foundations, local businesses and individuals. Most recently, Waterbury Youth Services received support for LAL from the following organizations:

Peoples’ United Foundation: $3,000 for stipends, program supplies and materials
Elisha Leavenworth Foundation:  $12,850 for personnel costs, supplies and materials
Thomaston Savings Bank:  $2,500 for LAL’s Senior Prep component.
Other key funders include American Savings Foundation, The United Way of Greater Waterbury, and MacDermid.

“We always have a waiting list for LAL,” says Crowe. “We work hard to grow this program each year. The community has been incredibly supportive, but this program could always use more funding.”

To learn more about LAL, contact Olivia Dudley at (203)573-0264.  Waterbury Youth Services is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity serving 1,000 youth and their families each year through 22 programs including: Juvenile Justice, Mentoring, Truancy Prevention, Homeless Youth Resource Center, Youth & Family Emergency Services, Afterschool Programs, and Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team. For more information, visit www.waterburyyouthservices.org.

"Youth not only have access to a range of academic supports, but they are also paired with mentors who track their development as they navigate through their tricky high school years.  The growth and development we see month to month is amazing.”

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— Kathi M. Crowe, Executive Director
Waterbury Youth Services