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Woodbridge Youth Services: February 6, 2015

Woodbridge Youth Services Seeks First Selectman’s Youth Award Nominations

Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, is seeking nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award. The annual award will be presented to a deserving young Woodbridge resident at the Human Services Department’s Annual Volunteer Tea on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

The First Selectman’s Youth Award, recognizes any youth (age 18 or under) who, either individually or as a member of a group, has demonstrated positive actions to improve the quality of life in Woodbridge or to assist Woodbridge residents. Volunteer agencies, neighbors, group leaders, teachers, principals, counselors, and fellow students are among those who may nominate a youth for consideration. Parents and relatives may not nominate family members. For nomination forms online, go to www.woodbridgect.org, and see Youth Services under “Departments”, or call 203-389-3429 for more information. Please submit nominations to Woodbridge Youth Services at 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525, by Monday, March 9, 2015.

Parent Support Group

Amity High School, Woodbridge Youth Services, and the Orange Drug and Alcohol Action Committee have teamed up to invite local parents who struggle with children who are, or may be, involved with substance abuse to share experiences and concerns in a confidential setting. The Amity Parent Support Group meets every other Friday morning at 7:45 in the Woodbridge Senior Center Lounge on the lower level at 4 Meetinghouse Lane. Meetings are scheduled for February 13 and February 27. For more information, please contact Gary Lindgren at Amity High School or Nancy Pfund at Woodbridge Youth Services, (203) 389-3429, or e-mail npfund@woodbridgect.org.

Woodbridge Job Bank

Give Yourself a Break – Teens Need Jobs

Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for Woodbridge residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs like snow shoveling, babysitting, party help, cleaning, and tutoring. Please contact Youth Services at 203-389-3429 for more information.

Woodbridge Job Bank Needs Teens Willing to Work

The Woodbridge Job Bank is looking for young residents between the ages of 13 and 17 who are interested in earning some money. Teens willing to do snow shoveling, office work, child care, pet care, housework, tutoring or party help should contact Woodbridge Youth Services at 203-389-3429 to join the Job Bank. It’s a great way to gain work experience close to home.

Bethwood Bash-Glow in the Dark Dance

Woodbridge and Bethany 7th and 8th grade residents are invited to the Glow in the Dark Dance Party sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the Town of Bethany on Friday, February 27th at Amity Middle School (190 Luke Hill Road, Bethany) from 7-9:30pm. Private school residents welcome! Enjoy a great interactive DJ, black laser lights, games, pizza and a glow in the dark message board. Non-toxic, washable highlighters will be provided for decorating white clothing (bring or wear a white t-shirt) or for decorating each other! Admission is just $5.00.

Volunteers are needed. Parents, grandparents, college students, High School juniors and seniors are encouraged to help – please contact us at youthone@woodbridgect.org or 203-389-3449. Watch WTNH-Channel 8 for weather related cancellations.

Digital Photography – Instructor: Former New Haven Register Staff Photographer Melanie Stengel

This is an introductory class on digital photography for students who want to get the most out of their digital cameras and improve their photographic skills as well as for those more experienced students who want to enhance their skills. The class will be offered Thursdays in the computer lab at the Middle School from 2:25pm-3:55pm. Late bus available following class.

The course will cover camera basics while working through creative assignments on composition, natural and artificial light and color. Students will work in Adobe Photoshop in the computer lab learning professional techniques to maximize their photography. Weekly projects will allow plenty of time for experimentation. If a student does not have access to a camera, arrangements may be made. A materials fee of $80.00 per student must be paid in advance. A discount for siblings and financial assistance may be arranged for qualifying families. Class will meet for 10 weeks on Thursdays beginning February 5th after school in the computer lab at AMS-B. For more information, to sign up and complete a permission slip, please call Youth Services at 203-389-3429. We will pro-rate this class if you join after the first week.

Fun Fitness Cooking – Instructor: John Bencivengo Jr.

Learn how to cook in a hands-on, fun environment. This 10 week class will be offered in the Middle School’s kitchen after school Tuesdays from 2:25-3:55pm. Late bus available following class. Class is limited to 12 participants. Recipes will not be repeated from first semester. Students will receive a notebook with recipes, nutrition and food safety information, a glossary of techniques and terms and an apron. We’ll start with basic skills and techniques and enhance the fundamentals to help develop a lifetime of great cooking and creativity.

The materials fee of $100.00 per student must be paid in advance. A discount for siblings and financial assistance may be arranged for qualifying families. Class will begin February 3rd. For more information or to sign up, please call Woodbridge Youth Services at 203-389-3429. We will prorate this class if you join after the first week.

Adult volunteers and raffle prizes are needed. We cannot run these programs without parent or grandparent volunteers. High School juniors and seniors looking for volunteer hours may contact Youth Services. Donations of raffle prizes and event supplies are gratefully accepted. Please call 203-389-3429 or E-mail youthone@woodbridgect.org for more information.

Basic Yoga – Certified Iyengar and Vinyassa Yoga Instructor: Julie Luciani

This twice weekly class will introduce 30 basic yoga poses and breath awareness with an emphasis on optimal alignment and is geared for newcomers to yoga, and for those who wish to practice basics. The class will work toward mastering the postures and then move toward a gentle Vinyassa flow (linking postures). The four week class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Middle School for eight sessions beginning March 3rd and run from 2:30-3:30pm. Location will be announced. The late bus is available following class. Class is limited to 12 participants. Participants must bring a yoga mat and wear appropriate loose clothing. For more information or to sign up please call Woodbridge Youth Services at 203-389-3429.

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