First Selectman’s Youth Award 2022
Winner Ava Shanbrom
First Selectman Beth Heller will present the annual First Selectman’s Youth Award to Ava Shanbrom at the Human Services Volunteer Appreciation Event in June. Ava will also receive a check provided by Peoples United, a division of M&T Bank. Ava was nominated for aiding a widowed resident who was receiving medical treatments. Ava completed chores over a long period of time without accepting payment. Ms. Shanbrom brought kindness and friendship during a difficult and lonely time as Covid created so much isolation. Ava, daughter of Michael and Holli Shanbrom, is a sophomore at Amity High School. She enjoys fencing and recently worked with her scouting troop to complete a project helping seniors.
Woodbridge Teens Work for Residents
The Job Bank is a referral service for teen residents to work in Woodbridge doing odd jobs residents. Teen residents who want paid work should contact Youth Services to schedule an interview. Build your resume and gain skills. Parent permission is required.
Residents are encouraged to call to hire teens to do odd jobs in Woodbridge like yardwork, babysitting, and animal care.
End of Year Party a Huge Success
Local seventh and eighth graders enjoyed their End of Year Party at Amity Middle School-Bethany on May 13th. The outdoor event hosted 119 teens with DJ Mike who had kids dancing all night and Big Daddy’s Car Racing and Krazy Konez Game which created excitement for players and observers. Games including Cornhole, Giant Jenga, and Twister brought some laughs. Pizza, snacks, and great raffle prizes made the party a hit.
Many thanks to a great staff and dedicated volunteers who worked so hard to make this a safe and sensational event. Youth Evening Programs receive sponsorship from Woodbridge Youth Services and the Town of Bethany.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website www.bowdaac.org
Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults
This training is open to all individuals that live or work within the towns of Milford, West Haven, Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge.
May 25th, Wednesday from 10am – 3pm (YOUTH MHFA)
June 2nd & June 9th, Thursday Evening(s) from 6pm – 9 pm (ADULT YMHFA)
June 11th, Saturday from 10am – 3pm (YOUTH MHFA)
Trainings will be held virtually on Zoom. (Trainings will be rescheduled if less than 5 participants register). REGISTER FOR A TRAINING NOW at https://bit.ly/trainings-MHFA. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches Adults how to identify, understand & respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children & adolescents ages 12-18. Participants must complete 2 hours of self-paced, pre-work before attending the interactive, instructor-led portion of the training. Participants must attend the entire virtual training to become certified and will also be required to complete a knowledge check and course evaluation. Course materials and fees are covered through a Mental Health Awareness Training grant and Bridges Healthcare.
Pictured: Middle Schoolers had a festive evening at the Youth Services End of Year Party