Youth Services

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm 

Phone: 203-630-4225

Contacts: Stephanie Denya, Associate Director of Health  -  203-630-4223 or sdenya@meridenct.gov

                 Tammy Kudla, JAD Coordinator - 203-639-5058 or tkudla@meridenct.gov

 

Meriden youth - learn CPR on your winter break! Click here for class info.

 

 

 

 

 

Free parent workshop - Relationship Building with Our Children - December 4, 5-6:30pm, at Child Guidance Clinic (384 Pratt Street). Dinner provided - call 203-235-5767 to RSVP. Co-sponsored by our Youth Services office.

 

Free parent workshop - Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: Recognizing Signs and Symptoms - December 12, 5-6:30pm at Child Guidance Clinic (384 Pratt Street). Dinner provided - call 203-235-5767 to RSVP. Co-sponsored by our Youth Services office.

 

 

About Youth Services:

The Youth Services office provides programs, activities and services that promote both a positive, healthy community and develop healthy, capable young people and families. Our programming is geared towards adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18.

We are a member of the Connecticut Youth Services Association, which is charged with centrally coordinating the comprehensive delivery of services and advocacy for youth and their families. Our main source of funding for programming is the Youth Service Bureau grant from the State Department of Education

We strive to offer programming based on 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents, developed by the Search Institute to be the building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Current Programming:

 Juvenile Assistance and Diversion Board (JAD): The Juvenile Assistance and Diversion Board, more commonly known as JAD, aims to divert first time juvenile offenders from entering the court system while offering meaningful non-judicial alternatives to the courts. A Board, made up of dedicated community members, meet twice per month and include representatives from the Police Department, Board of Education, Department of Children and Families, Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, and local community organizations. JAD follows the Connecticut Youth Services Association Best Practices delivery model. Click on the video below to learn more about why diversion works.

Diversion Works from Connecticut Youth Services Assoc on Vimeo.

 

Community Mini-Grants - We offer $250 mini grants for youth-developed and youth-led projects that will benefit the Meriden community. Click here for the Spring 2018 report. We offer this opportunity in the spring and fall - applications and due dates will be posted on this webpage. Check back often!   

  

 

 

 

Click here for our 2017 Summer Youth Employment report. This program is now overseen by the Meriden YMCA.

 

 

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