Monthly Archives: March 2019

Youth Services’ Summer Camp Fair held during April Gallery Walk April 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Youth Services will host their Annual Summer Camp Fair on Friday, April 5, on Gallery Walk Night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro.

Many summer camp providers will supply activities and entertainment for the children. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to arrange a fun-filled summer. There will also be youth entrepreneurs selling their creations. To entice the public to stop in, Youth Services is holding a free drawing for $100 credit toward a camp of the winner’s choice and is giving out free balloons.

“Our Summer Camp Fair gives parents and grandparents the chance to ask questions and register their children for many of the camps listed in our Summer Resources Calendar in one convenient location,” notes Russell Bradbury-Carlin, Youth Services’ Executive Director.

Parents will be able to pick up information about and register their children for nearly two dozen summer camp programs at the Camp Fair. Organizations that have hosted booths in past years include: Bonnyvale Camp Waubanong; River Gallery School; Boys and Girls Club; Brattleboro School of Dance; Brattleboro Music Center; Cub Scouts; Retreat Farm; The Garland School; Education Center; Brattleboro Outing Club/Tennis; Brattleboro Community Television; Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept.; Farm Camp!; New England Center for Circus Arts; The Grammar School Summer Camp; Green Mountain Camp for Girls; Magical Earths Retreat; Meeting Waters YMCA; New England Youth Theatre; Vermont Wilderness School and more!

Copies of Youth Services’ Summer Resources Calendar with information on these programs and many others will be available in the March 30 Reformer and at the fair.  You can also pick up a calendar at area locations, including Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Brooks Memorial Library, and Youth Services after March 30.

The fair is sponsored by Youth Services Pacesetters: The Richards Group, Brattleboro Subaru, and GS Precision. For more information, call Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or visit www.YouthServicesInc.org, where you can download the listing.

Summer Camp Fair Guide

Summer Job Guide

Spring Gala & Dance Show at SIT features local “celebrity” dancers

Our gala is your chance to witness local “celebrities” showcasing their dance skills while supporting a great cause!

If you like Dancing With the Stars-you didn’t want to miss this show!

On Saturday evening, April 27, Youth Services will hold its 2nd Annual Gala & Silent Auction at SIT’s International Center from 5 to 10 pm. The much anticipated event is a twist on television’s hit reality show, Dancing with the Stars. Billed as Can Windham County Dance? tickets are $90 per person ($55 of which is tax deductible).

  

PRESENTED BY:

MUSIC SPONSOR:                        MEDIA PRESENTING SPONSOR:The festive evening of food and drink sponsored by Twombly Wealth Management starts with a silent auction and cash bar from 5-6 p.m.  Click here to see highlights of auction items last year. Beginning at 6 p.m. wait staff will serve A Vermont Table buffet with entrees of Grilled Skirt Steak with Preserve Lemon & Parsley,  Oven Roasted Salmon with Creamed Spinach or Stuffed Delicata Squash (gluten free/vegetarian option). The side dishes are Broccoli with Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes, Green Beans with Toasted Almond Butter, Maple Whipped Butternut Squash, and Fingerling Potatoes with Tarragon & Chive followed by Gourmet Ice Cream and Homemade Cookies

Stay tuned for more information on our local “celebrity” dancers who will be announced shortly. Top prize will be awarded to the dancer who raised the most donations to support Youth Services critical safety net for area young people.

Following the performances, DJ music from BE HEARD  Sound will showcase numerous eras to  liven the dance floor for all attendees.

We are grateful to Twombly Wealth Management as the gala’s Presenting Corporate Sponsor.  Youth Services Pacesetter Sponsors are The Richards Group, G.S. Precision and Brattleboro Subaru. Many thanks to all who attend and those who sponsor individual celebrity dancers!

Make a resolution for 2019: Become a Youth Services volunteer. Learn about it April 1 from 9-noon

Youth Services is offering a Volunteer Training on Monday, April 1 from 9 am-noon at their offices in Brattleboro for community members interested in becoming more involved with the nonprofit. Volunteer opportunities range from helping on an ad hoc basis with transportation, meal prep, sharing parenting and life skills to more formal roles such as volunteering as a mentor for a youth-led screen printing business, sitting on a once-a-month Diversion Panel, or serving as a temporary Host Home.

The first part of the evening will orient prospective volunteers to Youth Services’ philosophy and trauma-informed approach to building communities where young people and families are healthy, empowered and valued. The second half of the evening will provide specifics about each of the volunteer opportunities currently available.

Mentors are sought from Brattleboro’s vibrant small business and art community; adults who can apprentice young people ages 17-24 in bookkeeping, design, sales and marketing and entrepreneurship, among other skills needed to run a business. This commitment is twice a month for 2 hours on a afternoon or evening.

Host Homes are volunteer households who agree to provide shelter, food and include youth in family activities while they can stay up to 21 days during a family crisis. Host home applicants undergo a screening process that includes an interview, home visit and criminal background check. Youth Services provides shelter parents with training, ongoing support, and a small stipend to help cover costs.  Shelter parents also have access to 24-hour on-call services at Youth Services.  Shelter parents aren’t responsible for any type of counseling or case management.

Diversion Boards involve victims, offenders and community members in a constructive restorative justice process that helps offenders made amends to victims and the community while taking responsibility for their unlawful actions. Volunteers as a group meet once a month with individuals referred to Youth Services by the State’s Attorney Office after involvement in delinquency or criminal activities. It is a voluntary alternative to the court process and has been quite successful in reducing repeat offenses, according to Youth Services.

“We’re excited to be offering training opportunities that are integrated across our programs. It means that we can bring many more people into our work, and know that they’ll understand and engage with a wider slice of our community,” explained Emilie Kornheiser, Youth Services’ Director of Workforce Development.

For questions or to register for this informational session on volunteering at Youth Services, contact Michaela Stockwell at (802)257-0361 or email michaela.stockwell@youthservicesinc.org. There will be another volunteer training in the spring.