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

                 Tammy Kudla, JAD Coordinator - 203-639-5058 or


Youth Services Mini-Grants are now available for youth-led projects that will benefit the Meriden community. Click here for the application - they are due February 2, 2018 by 4:30pm!



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

Future programming in 2018 will be 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.


Summer Youth Employment: This program runs from July to August each year, although planning starts in March! The Summer Youth Employment 2017 Program Report is now available.