Youth Initiative Update September 2005
I would like to update you on the work of the Youth
Initiative. We are starting up some exciting projects
this fall in an effort to engage every young person
in meaningful activities outside of school and empower
young people to take a leadership role in their community.
Also check out the announcements that follow - there
are some great opportunities for people to volunteer,
providers to network and teens to have their voices
An Out of School Time Activities Coordinator is being
hired to reach out to students at Leland and Gray Middle/High
School that are not currently involved in activities
and develop programming to meet those students interests.
An outreach position is being supported through Wings
Community Program and the school district to connect
with 4th graders who are truant and engaging them in
their learning and in after school activities.
A community effort is underway to create a Boys &
Girls Club unit and the Youth Initiative is supporting
the effort in any way it can. The Youth Initiative is
also funding two Peer Outreach Workers through Youth
Services to reach out to teens providing resource and
activity information as well as support services.
The second year of the Boys & Girls Club @ BAMS
after school program, now called Links, begins September
26th. The Youth Initiative, as part of the Leadership
Team, is helping to oversee the program, its evaluation
Windham County Wide:
- The Youth Initiative's web site, www.HelpEmpowerYouth.com,
continues to be a great resource for families, teens
and professionals around Windham County to find activities
and resources for young people.
**This Fall we are creating a printed resource guide
- WCYC (Windham County Youth Council) will plan another
Youth Summit to be held in the Spring of 2006. Any teens
interested in being a part of this planning please contact
- The H.E.Y.! Help Empower Youth campaign continues
with monthly news articles giving practical information
about how community members can better support young
**We also have fabulous new bumper stickers - give me
a call if you would like one.
United Way is hosting its annual Day of Caring Saturday
September 24th starting at 9:00am in the Marlboro Technology
Center parking lot.
Bring some friends and donate your time to help local
agencies with projects like painting indoors, gardening,
cleaning up and more.
Hey Teens! Its a great way for you to earn your community
WHAT: Brattleboro Area Child and Adolescent Provider
WHEN: Wednesday September 28th from 7:30 - 9am
WHERE: Retreat Healthcare, Educational Conference Room,
1st floor of the administration building.
WHY: To meet and greet one another and share resource
and ideas as we collaborate in our efforts to provide
quality care for the children and families we serve.
PLEASE RSVP: Becky Green-Reynolds at 1-800-RETREAT ext.
4359 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Voices Project & What
The Voices Project is a unique initiative created
to explore the identity, hopes, courage and concerns
of Vermont youth through the creation of:
• a multimedia collection featuring poetry, art,
music and film created by Vermont teens
• the statewide tour of an original music inspired,
written and performed by Vermont teens
The Voices Project will be performing in Brattleboro
at the Latches Theater on Friday September 30th at 7:00pm.
Log onto http://www.bcbsvt.com/pages/voices/index.html
for more information and to buy tickets.
What About Teens? will provide the community
with the opportunity to dialogue about issues that impact
teens, young adults and the community. The goal of this
meeting, along with others that will happen around the
state, is to develop key policy solutions that will
be presented to the Legislator in March.
This dialogue will be held on Thursday, October 6th
from 7:00-9pm at the Marlboro Technology Center. Please
RSVP by calling 1-800-639-3351 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Teens can help Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
Youth Service America has a great web site that now
has a list of organizations that are mobilizing to support
the relief effort.
Check it out at: http://www.ysa.org/.
Also available at this website are project planning
tools and resources. They will find a downloadable project
planning tool kit and easy to use tip sheets. These
will help young people think through the steps needed
to plan and implement a successful project.