Positive Youth Development Team

After School Programs

Linking Academics to Life:  Unparalleled college, career and life-readiness after school program for high school youth with focus areas in Senior Prep, Entrepreneurialism, Journalism and Woodworking. >more

LGBTQ Support Group: Gives LGBTQ-identified and questioning youth a safe and supportive place to discuss topics they feel are relevant to their experiences and identities.

Youth Empowerment Team: Consists of youth interested in taking on a leadership role at Waterbury Youth Services and in their communities.  >more


Employment Programs

Youth Employment: Serves youth ages 14-21. Encourages the development of job skills, provides real life work experience, and helps to build the resumes of our young people. A partnership with Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (NRWIB). >more

Career Builders in Health: Jump starting careers in health care for young adults ages 18-24 by training, certifying and placing young adults into Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) jobs, followed by supports that help participants pursue a post secondary education.  A partnership with NRWIB.>more

Support For Self Determination/POWER: Comprehensive, 26 week professional home day care training program to assist participants in acquiring the skills enabling them to work in and/or operate their own business in the area of childcare. Conducted entirely in Spanish.


Summer Programs

Serves children ages 4-13. Provides children the chance to develop life long skills and friendships, build character, grow more independent, discover new interests, spend the day being physically active, and reconnect with nature in the structured and fun Kiwanis Camp facility in Wolcott, CT. Activities include arts and crafts, swimming, sports, hiking, bike riding, field trips and games. A partnership with Kiwanis Club of Waterbury and Waterbury Police Activity League. >more


Community Housing Assistance Program & Community Housing Employment Enrichment Program. (CHAP/CHEER) serves youth ages 18-23 who are “aging out” of foster care. A partnership with CT Dept. of Children & Families that helps youth set goals, pursue higher education, find a career, develop life skills and establish independence. >more

Clinical Team


Crisis Intervention

  • Youth & Family Emergency Services (YFES): Provides crisis intervention for approx. 55 youth ages 6-24 and their families experiencing severe conflict or crisis warranting immediate intervention through:
  • Homeless Youth Resource Center: Youth ages 13-24 are connected to housing and provided ongoing case management until needs are met.
  • Project Safe Place: outreach network for youth in crisis.
  • Supervised Visitations: Provides non-custodial parents with a safe, supervised environment to visit their children free from conflict.
  • Crisis Counseling for youth and their families 6-24.



Family Integrated Treatment

Short Term Family Integrated Treatment (S-FIT) This is a short-term (15 day) residential treatment option providing crisis stabilization and assessment, with rapid reintegration and transition back home for youth ages 12-17. A partnership with the Connecticut Dept. of Children & Families. >more


Child Abuse

Child Advocacy Center of Greater Waterbury (formerly Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team): Works to investigate and prosecute cases where child sexual abuse or serious physical abuse is alleged or suspected. Coordinates efforts of all professionals involved in the investigation and prosecution process of child abuse.  >more

Juvenile Justice Team


Diversion & Mentoring Programs

Juvenile Review Board: A community-based diversion process offered to youth who have committed minor delinquent acts or youth who are displaying at risk behaviors at home or school that could result in an arrest or a referral to the juvenile court. A partnership with the State of Connecticut. >more

Mentoring NOW: Individualized mentoring programs for Juvenile Justice involved youth. Model emphasizes connecting youth with a mentor within their naturally occurring support system.  >more

4-H Mentoring: The CT 4-H Mentoring Project 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, and coding. >more



Truancy Prevention Program: Goal is to reduce unexcused absences, which will encourage completion in school and furthering education. Includes home visitation, supportive counseling, referral, advocacy, parental involvement, and case management to assist youth in reaching their full potential. >more



Local Interagency Service Team Meeting (LIST):  LIST is a communitywide meeting facilitated monthly by WYS that provides information and training about juvenile justice issues in the Greater Waterbury area.

Racial & Ethnic Disparities/ Disproportionate Minority Contact: A community-wide meeting facilitated by WYS that analyzes data on the demographics of youth involved with the juvenile justice system and with school disciplinary practices. The team monitors the disproportionate effects of local systemic practices on youth of color and looks for ways to decrease the effects on youth in our community.