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Woodbridge Youth Services – 11/18/22

Woodbridge Youth Services – 11/18/22

Welcome to our New Program Coordinator

Woodbridge Youth Services welcomes new Youth Program Coordinator Jami Joy Gibson. She is a New Haven, CT native who has her bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science from Vassar College, and is presently working towards her master’s in social work at SCSU. She spent her last two years working as a math teacher for a middle school. Jami Joy loves to spend time with her family watching movies and cooking. She also loves to sing in her spare time and is excited to work on programming for youth in the community.  Please feel free to call or email  Youthone@woodbridgect.org to welcome her and share your thoughts for the future of Youth Services and its programs.

Holiday Cookie Decorating and Craft

For Amity Middle School Students: Winter is approaching, so join us to get into the spirit on Friday, December 9, from 2:30 to 4:00 in the AMSB West Cafeteria. Use your creative flow as you decorate yummy cookies, listen to music, and make a fun winter craft. Fee is $5.00 and includes donuts and hot chocolate. Call now to sign up. 203-389-3429. Permission form and advance payment required.

Toys 4 Kids

Youth Services is collecting toys for the TEAM Toys 4 Kids program which benefits several families in our area. Collection boxes are in the Woodbridge Public Library and by the Woodbridge Center Gym. Call Youth Services with questions. Toys are due by 12/7 and will certainly bring some smiles to kids for the holidays.

We Care Kits

Students and community members can help people in need by placing items in large gallon size bags for the homeless. Anything that could create more comfort for someone including warm hats, gloves, mittens, underwear, socks, water bottles, healthy snacks, gift cards for food/coffee, and small toiletries are appreciated. We approve community service hours for students. Donations of items like blankets or pillows will also be accepted for a homeless shelter.

Drop off day is Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 2:15 – 4:15 at Youth Services in Room 12 of the Woodbridge Center Building at 4 Meetinghouse Lane. Please contact Youth Services with questions.

Woodbridge Job Bank Seeks Teens Who Want Work

The Job Bank in Woodbridge offers occasional jobs to teen residents (ages 13 – 18) who would like to work in Woodbridge to earn money. Youth Services provides an opportunity to learn about the interview process, safety on the job, and how to negotiate pay.

Do yard work, babysitting, weeding, dog walking, raking, etc. Call for an interview at 203-389-3464 or e-mail npfund@woodbridgect.org. Masks and social distancing may be required.

Teens Need Jobs

Woodbridge residents who wish to hire someone for odd jobs like babysitting, yard cleanup, weeding, moving boxes, etc. Save your energy and keep teens working to gain experience. Call 203-389-3464 for more information.

Halloween Spooktacular

Over 160 seventh and eighth graders had a blast at the Youth Services Halloween Spooktacular last month. Youth Services wishes to thank all our students, staff, and volunteer parents and high school students who made this such a success. Kids enjoyed a mummy wrap, DJ, games, pizza, a costume contest, and a raffle.

Home Alone Class Teaches Safety

Officer Vincent Lynch assisted Youth Services Director Nancy Pfund offering advice and safety information at the recent Home Alone class. Students learned about answering phone calls and doors, internet safety, house rules, and how to handle emergencies.

Volunteers Needed

The Woodbridge Youth Advisory Board makes recommendations for Youth Services programming and seeks to include a diverse membership to support our diverse population. A few positions remain open for adults and high school students. Community Service hours will be approved. Interested residents may contact Youth Services for information.

BOWDAAC-Let’s Talk Prevention

BOWDAAC (Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge Drug/Alcohol Action Committee) is a grant-funded Local Prevention Council serving the communities of Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. Its mission is to reduce underage drinking and substance use by promoting awareness through educational programs and community collaborations. New members are welcome. For more information or to join our committee, email info.bowdaac@gmail.com or check out our website www.bowdaac.org

Families in Need

Resident families in need should contact Human Services to apply for food, fuel assistance, and holiday toys. Call 203-389-3429 for more information.

Mental Health First Aid Trainings Available

BRIDGES of Milford is providing Mental Health First Aid Trainings for Youth and Adults. To register see website: https://bit.ly/trainings-MHFA

  1. Officer Lynch talks about emergencies with students at the Youth Services Home Alone Class
  2. New Youth Program Coordinator Jami Joy Gibson
  3. Spooktacular Friends

Call 203-389-3429 or email npfund@woodbridgect.org or youthone@woodbridgect.org for information or to sign up for programs. Like us on Facebook:  https://facebook.com/WoodbridgeYouthServices.CT

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