PRESS RELEASE: January 26, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month with Lunchtime Match Push

Brattleboro—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County is making a special effort to recruit volunteers during January’s National Mentoring Month, with an emphasis on finding lunch-hour mentors throughout Windham County but especially in Bellows Falls, where a new partnership with Rockingham Central Elementary School has started. 

“In addition to our Big and Little matches who get together on their own schedules, we are recruiting mentors for several dozen elementary students, between the ages of 5 and 12, identified by their teachers or parents as children who could benefit from the weekly one-on-one mentoring during the school day,” explained Kimberley Diemond, director of mentoring at Youth Services.

Read more: Can you volunteer one lunch hour weekly?

PRESS RELEASE: January 25, 2015

June 28 is Date for Catamount Half Marathon and 5K Races


Brattleboro, VT—The Catamount Half Marathon, presented by 3 C Race Productions on Sunday, June 28 is Vermont’s newest half marathon, now in its second year and they are taking registrations. 

According to its organizers it will run a very scenic course through rural Vermont crossing both the Dummerston Covered Bridge and the historic Rice Farm Road Bridge in Brattleboro, VT as well as along Route 30’s scenic West River corridor.  The accompanying 5 K race will give family and friends of the half marathoners their chance to compete as well.

In addition to runners, Youth Services is recruiting 20-30 volunteers to staff each of the six water stations and help direct racers on the race course from approximately 7:30 a.m. to noon the day of the event. As a result of manning water stops and handling course marshal duties, twenty percent of all entry fees will go directly to support Youth Services.

Read more: Half-Marathon and 5K Race Date Announced for June


Keith Clark wins Vermont's 'Big of the Year' Award

Brattleboro—Keith Clark of Westminster, Vermont is one busy man. He is the Sheriff of Windham County, President of the Rotary Club of Bellows Falls, HCRS board member, husband, father of two adult children and a grandfather.  Clark is also in his third year of mentoring 11-year-old Austin Powers through Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program of Youth Services.

According to Power’s adoptive father, Christopher Wallace, Sheriff Keith Clark is the model of what a Big Brother can and should be; the very embodiment of the difference that just a few hours a month can make to an at-risk child. “Despite a full plate balancing dual careers, Keith has demonstrated that there is always still time that can be found to mentor and nurture the youngest and most vulnerable among us,” Wallace stated.

Read more: Clark wins Vermont’s ‘Big of the Year’ Award for 2014

Welcome to Youth Services

Since 1972 we have been dedicated to helping families thrive. Our mission is to strengthen relationships and support systems to advance the health development of children, youth and families.

Assisting individuals living in Windham County, Vermont and neighboring towns in New Hampshire, Youth Services can help with problems ranging from the challenges associated with growing up to homelessness, to substance abuse or trouble with the law.

Each year, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and partially funded through individual and foundation donations, this private nonprofit works with an average of 2,000 children, young people and adults. We strive to ensure all clients receive services, regardless of their ability to pay.


How can you make a significant difference in the lives of area youth? 

By contributing to Youth Services financially in a variety of ways. All gifts big and small are greatly appreciated and help underwrite the agency's programs which promote the healthy development of local youth and families and help them gain the skills necessary to lead constructive lives within the community.

Read more: Ways to Give

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Current Job Openings

Residential Adviser

Youth Services is seeking a Live-In Residential Adviser for our Bellows Falls Youth Shelter. While this is an unpaid position, it would help provide a valuable need for homeless youth. Free rent is included! This is a live-in roommate-type of arrangement to monitor the shelter space during very flexible evening and overnight hours.