After School achievement program (a.s.A.p.)
After School ACHIEVEMENT Program (formerly Crossroads) is designed to offer after-school enrichment activities to all interested 7th and 8th grade students at Silas Deane Middle School and Corpus Christi School. The goal of a.s.A.p. is to provide this age group with after school leisure time activity exploration and development within the framework of a primary prevention model. Programs include Cooking, Lights, Camera, Action, Robotics, Colorguard, and Sewing. After school media center is also offered for FREE Mondays and Wednesdays. Fall, winter and spring sessions are offered (each session runs for 7 weeks) Mondays – Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Sponsored by the Town of Wethersfield Social and Youth Services, in collaboration with Silas Deane Middle School, Wethersfield Parks and Recreation, the Keane Foundation and the Capitol Area Substance Abuse Council. Financial Aid available.
Thanks to a grant from the Keane Foundation FREE Intramurals is back at Silas Deane Middle School and is open to all 7th and 8th graders! Activities run Monday - Thursday from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. (students be able to take the late bus home). Each week students will participate in a different sport from basketball and soccer to dodgeball and ultimate frisbee.
Friday Night Hangout
A great opportunity for 6th and 7th graders to hang out with friends and meet new ones. Play basketball, dodgeball, kickball, board games and just hang out. Each month two of the Friday nights are reserved for 6th graders and the other two Friday nights are reserved for 7th graders. Program is held at the 9/11 Memorial Sport Center Gym. Financial aid available.
Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training (BLAST) Classes
Twice a year Youth Services, in conjunction with the Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance Association, offers a Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training Course (BLAST). The BLAST course is an exciting and interactive program that provides extensive training in pediatric first aid, household safety, and the fundamentals of childcare and is certified by the American Pediatrics Academy.
Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board is a thirteen-member council appointed board comprised of Wethersfield citizens and town representatives (Board of Education, Wethersfield Police Department, Social and Youth Services, and Town Council). The Board’s purpose is to gather information from youth and adults in town to form youth policies and to develop youth programs in response to town needs. It also serves to advocate for youth issues and disseminate relevant information to the appropriate audiences who have interests or involvement in drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention efforts. The YAB meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 located in the lower level of Town Hall. All meetings are open to the public.
Annual Youth Volunteer Recognition
Each year the Youth Advisory Board recognizes youth within the community of Wethersfield whose spirit of compassion, comradeship, and confidence is witnessed by the volunteer work and services that they provide. Whether it is volunteering in a town school, library, historical society, church or community center or whether youth are helping out with a sport league or special Olympics, everyday the young people in Wethersfield are creating a local character of kindness, fellowship and a belief that good will always persevere over bad.
Minimum volunteer hours required to be eligible for the recognition:
- 5th – 6th grade: 5 hours
- 7th-8th grade: 12 hours
- 9th -12th grade: 20 hours
The 2016 Annual Youth Volunteer Recognition event took place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Pitkin Community Center. Over 250 youth in Wethersfield were recognized for their outstanding community service. Congratulations!
YAB IT! Scholarship Award
One of the goals of the Town of Wethersfield’s Youth Advisory Board is to instill community service in students that will remain with them for a life time. To that end, The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) offers a $1,000 scholarship to any current Wethersfield senior in high school to use towards college expenses. College can include a two year junior college, four year college, and technical or vocational school.
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Various community service opportunities are available throughout the year. Volunteer assistance is generally needed with the Thanksgiving Food and the Holiday Gift Drives. Year 'round assistance is needed with the food and clothing banks.
For information about any of the above programs please contact Social and Youth Services at (860) 721-2977.