Peer Outreach

"This often hard-to-reach population has shown through their participation in our Drop-In Night that they are hungry for more than the free meal. Local youth are eager for activities that are not only fun, safe, and substance free, but that will support them in realizing their full potential as individuals and community members."

—Youth Development Director

Youth Services endorses a Positive Youth Development approach to peer outreach which understands that the best way to prevent risky behavior is to help young people achieve their full potential. Youth development strategies focus on giving young people the chance to exercise leadership, build skills and become involved in their communities.  Peer Outreach Staff have run the Youth “Tuesday Night Live” Drop-in program at the Brattleboro Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., typically serving between 25-40 youth each week with a hot meal and an activity or workshop.

Services in the program include:

  • education and outreach
  • access to emergency shelter
  • survival aid
  • individual assessments
  • treatment and counseling
  • prevention and education activities
  • information and referrals
  • crisis intervention
  • follow-up support