Torrington Youth Service Bureau

The Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau is a program of the Northwestern Connecticut YMCA

With goals to assist young people and their families through difficult life experiences; to help improve the quality of life of our constituents; to facilitate families in conflict resolution; to assist families involved in the juvenile justice system; to increase awareness of substance abuse to young people; to keep children safe and to enhance our communities, the Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau provides services to the youth of Torrington, Harwinton, Burlington, Litchfield and Goshen, as well as, Summer Youth Employment for youth of Winsted and Region 7 school district.

Our Mission

The Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau seeks to: Provide programs which address the needs of youth and their families. Develop and implement educational/social activities that prevent delinquency and strengthen families. Coordinate special projects that promote positive youth development.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am-5 pm
How to Help:

As a non-profit agency, we appreciate any and all support from our community to continue to provide our services at no cost to our neighbors in need.

Donations:

All donations are used to fund programs to address the needs of youth and their families, develop and implement educational/social activities that prevent delinquency and strengthen families, and coordinate special projects that promote positive youth development.

Please contact Cathy Ohm at 860-496-0356 X7, [email protected].

Toy/Clothing Drive:

Our annual toy and clothing drive starts at the end of September and continues until Christmas. The Torrington Youth Service Bureau collects names, ages, and wish lists from youth throughout the area who come from needy families or are in foster care. Anyone interested can call our office to obtain the name, or several names, of needy youth to donate a specific gift to. Last year, with the help of the community, we were able to distribute over 1,500 gifts to area youth.

 

Summer Youth Employment Program

 

The Torrington Youth Service Bureau is currently making plans for the outreach and recruitment of students for this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program.  The program is funded by the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, which affords eligible youth between the ages of 14-21 an opportunity to gain valuable work experience during the summer months.  The Program will address the vocational development of youth by practicing employable skills such as communication, multi-tasking, dependability, and problem solving.  Students will be working 20 hours per week, $13 a hour, at area sites best suited for their skillset and interests.

All Torrington residents are eligible for the program because all students within the community are now receiving free lunch.  Students in surrounding towns must provide proof of a 504 plan, IEP, free or reduced lunch, or meet certain income criteria.  Applications open Monday, April 19th and can be filled out online at cyepnorthwest.com.  Once the online application is completed and accepted, they will be passed on to myself and an interview with the applicant will be conducted at the Torrington Youth Service Bureau.  Students are required to bring their birth certificate, social security card, and most recent report card for an additional paper application to be completed for the City of Torrington.  This application will be provided by myself and will be completed together with the student after the interview is completed.

The program lasts six weeks and begins July 5th and ends on August 13th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Marc Pruchnicki at [email protected]

SYEP – Year Round Program 

This program is an extension of the summer program allowing youth who had exceptional performance to continue working throughout the school year. The availability, length, hours, and number of youth varies annually based on funding.

Host Worksites

If your business or non-profit would like to host Summer Youth Employment participants next year, please contact our office at (860) 496-0356!

Other Programs and Services

Community Based Life Skills Program 

This program incorporates classroom instruction, hands on activities within the community, and individual counseling to teach needed life skills. The curriculum incorporates basic education skills, daily living skills, socialization, self-awareness, and pre-employment skills. This service is the only resource in the area that addresses the unique issues youth in foster care face as they transition into independence.

Community Service Program 

Through a strong working relationship with Juvenile Court the YSB receives referrals to aid adjudicated youth in finding or creating community service projects to meet the demands of their probation.

Juvenile Review Board 

A diversion program that is offered to first time offending youth who commit a misdemeanor or have been truant from school, or beyond control at home. This program is a joint effort between Court staff, the Torrington Police Department, the Torrington Public School system, and various community agencies.  The goal is to have the youth learn from their mistakes and ultimately prevent court involvement.

Outreach Program 

Our outreach program serves as a non-threatening, highly accessible service for youth and families in need of counseling, as a free short-term service. We are able to meet with youth/families at our office location, at their school, or in their home, depending on the need.  Counseling goals are set and referrals for more intensive treatment options are made as need arises.  We also offer therapeutic groups in schools during students’ free periods and lunch times.  We serve youth from kindergarten through high school.

School Support Groups 

The Youth Service Bureau Direct Service staff facilitated 20 various in-school groups, from lunch bunches (social skills development), to peacemaking groups and after school programs for Harwinton, Torrington and Burlington youth.

Torrington LIST (Local Interagency ServiceTeam)

The purpose of the LIST is to be a resource to the community, court-district and local DCF office specifically relating to juvenile justice issues within our region.

Safe Harbor Youth

Safe Harbor is a satellite office of TAYSB located in Harwinton.

Our History

Safe Harbor was established in August of 2012. The founding members were Ted Shafer, Michael Criss, Tom Donaldson, Matthew Disorbo, Sinclair Bush, Angie O’Donnell, Emily Breakell, Seth Kellogg, and Hannah Doyle.

Services

Counseling, skill building and support groups, Juvenile Review Board, Summer Youth Employment Program, Community Based Life Skills/Mentor program, Positive Youth Development Programs.

Goals

To build a teen center, host events which benefit teens, to reach out to those who are in need of assistance, and build a strong community with teens.

Current Members

Matthew Disorbo, Sinclair Bush, Angie O’Donnell, Emily Breakell, Seth Kellogg, Hannah Doyle.

Community Conversation About Education

A community conversation was held on February 28th at Lewis Mills High School. Below is a summary of the discussion.

For more information on Safe Harbor Youth Services, visit our websites:

http://safeharborbh.webs.com/ and http://www.harwinton.us/safe-harbor-youth-service

PO Box 66

100 Bentley Drive

Harwinton, CT 06791

For referral, assistance, or additional information:

call (860) 485-9051 Ext. 110, fax (860) 482-3084, e-mail: [email protected]

Contact Us

Cathy Ohm
860.496.0356 X 7
Marc Pruchnicki
860.496.0356 X 3