Monthly Archives: October 2015

Youth Services Welcomes New Executive Director

Russell Bradbury-CarlinYouth Services’ Board of Directors was pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Bradbury-Carlin as the agency’s new Executive Director in August. Youth Services is a Windham County nonprofit which has been helping young people and families thrive for over 40 years.

Bradbury-Carlin comes to Youth Services from Center for New Americans, an agency that works with immigrants and refugees in Western MA, where he was the Executive Director.  Before joining Center for New Americans, he served as Berkshire Children and Families’ Assistant Director.  In that capacity, he focused on several programs that served families involved with the Department of Children and Families in MA.  Before joining Berkshire Children and Families, Russell served as Associate Director of the Men’s Resource Center in Amherst.  There, he oversaw the MOVE program, a batterer intervention program that was recognized nationally and internationally.

“Russell brings a wealth of experience in social services to our agency with the management background and enthusiasm needed to guide Youth Services into the future. We are excited about Russell’s addition to our already strong leadership team,” said Tom Nunziata, President of the Board of Directors.

Youth Services’ twenty-five employees provide transformative prevention, intervention and development programs from its headquarters on Walnut Street in Brattleboro, a satellite counseling office at Park Place in Bellows Falls, and outreach on the streets and in families’ homes.

Youth Services programs are accessible to all, regardless of one’s ability to pay. They include Case Management, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Intensive Family-Based Services, Youth Development Programs, Street Outreach, Transitional Services, Family Emergency Response/Runaway Program, Counseling, Juvenile and Adult Court Diversion, and Juvenile Restorative Justice. To make an appointment or obtain more information, please call (802) 257-0361.


Restorative Justice Programs Have New Leadership

Rosie of Restorative Justice compressed

Youth Services’ newest employee is Rosalie Nevins-Alderfer,  hired this fall as Director for its Restorative Justice programs which include Court Diversion, Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program, Driver’s License Suspension, Pre-Trial Services, Supervised Visitation, and Child Victim Advocacy Services.

Nevins-Alderfer supervises the staff of these six programs at Youth Services as well as ensures program quality and represents the organization in meetings with state agencies.  Working with staff and the Youth Services board, she is helping develop funding sources to maintain these programs which are core to the organization’s mission.

Joining Youth Services with previous legal and mental health background, Nevins-Alderfer also has experience in project management and social justice. “My interest in youth and community advocacy and particularly restorative justice, stems from my experience working with court-involved young people in both clinical and legal settings,” she explained. Continue reading Restorative Justice Programs Have New Leadership

Fierce Competition Anticipated at Battle of the Bands Nov. 6

The Regulars are an indie-band from Marlboro, Vermont, captured here during a rehearsal session for the Battle of the Bands.
Opening act for Youth Services' Battle of the Bands is the Snaz, past winners in 2012.
Opening act for Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands is the Snaz, past winners in 2012.


The Snaz band will be the opening act for the fierce competition expected between the six area youth bands playing in Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands. Come check it out at the River Garden on Friday, November 6, during Brattleboro’s Gallery Walk night, from 7 to 10 p.m.!

The public is encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite group with their applause. Competing bands to date are: Negative Space, The Regulars, Wicked Thirsty, Raspberry Jam, Sometime Sunday, and Nomad vs. Settler.  Opening the event will be a performance by the indie-rock band Snaz, which helped get their start as winners of the Battle of the Bands in 2012.

Negative Space is a Brattleboro, VT-based band started a year ago playing self-described as electronic-alternative-grunge music. They have already released their first album on-line. The Regulars, an alternative band from Marlboro, VT feature some of the youngest competitors.  Wicked Thirsty is an alternative rock duo from Hindsdale, NH which plays “slightly heavy, slightly indie, slightly progressive music.” Raspberry Jam from Turners Falls and Greenfield, MA will showcase a wide variety of musical tastes, from ska to metal to alternative.

Sometime Sunday, with band members from Keene, NH, Brattleboro and Townshend, VT is “a powerhouse of funky beats, beautiful vocals and tasty guitar hooks,” according to their promotional materials.  Nomad vs. Settler from Brattleboro, VT describes their music as “super fresh, all original, 100% organic”. They claim that their collaboration on “distinctive, often wonderfully complex songs” creates a sound that sets them apart from “your average garage band.”

Masters of Ceremonies will be Mavis Eaton, 17 and Zack James, 15, two members from the local teen indie-rock group Snaz, that has built a significant following regionally, nominated last year as Best New Act by the New England Music Awards and finalists on NPR’s Studio 360 High School Battle of the Bands.

Judging the Battle are musicians Aaron Chesley, Lisa McCormick, Spencer Crispe, and youth judges Dharma Ramirez and Nina Cates.

Aaron Chesley is owner of Headroom Stages, the manager at Maple Leaf Music, music teacher at The Greenwood School and a veteran of the area music scene.  Acoustic singer-songwriter Lisa McCormick described her songs from her debut album, Right Now, as “sketches of our tiny inch of history, with their unique spin on love and sex, science and culture and heroes.” McCormick is also a celebrated on-line guitar instructor. Local attorney Spencer Crispe played in bands for 15 years and was in the first Vermont underground band to tour in Europe and Japan. An avid concert-goer, Crispe has already listened to in excess of 1,000 live concerts.

The youth judges are the Snaz’s singer and song-writer, Dharma Ramirez, age 17 and Nina Cates, aged16, the bass player.  Their music was recently described by the Burlington Free Press as possessing “strong hooks and lyrics that explore teenage turmoil in refreshing ways.”

First prize for Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands is a full day (up to 10 hours) of professional recording time donated by Guilford Sound, valued at $1500. A residential recording studio retreat on 300 private acres in Guilford, Vermont, the high-tech studio is owned by sound engineer David Snyder.  Donated by Pure Green Tees, the 1st place winners will also receive a dozen custom-designed T-shirts of their band logo.

Second prize is two-hour rehearsal and band coaching session at Headroom Stages, a local musical venue at 17 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT.

Third prize is two private vocal lessons with Samirah Evans, a professional jazz and blues vocalist who performs regionally.

“The Battle of the Bands is an exciting event for everyone in the region.  Please come help cheer on the budding young artists in the area,” said Russell Bradbury-Carlin, Youth Services Executive Director. “This event celebrates the entrepreneurial nature of young musicians forming bands and expressing their musical inspiration,” he explained.

“What better way to celebrate youth than to support them as they take steps to make a living out of doing something they love,” stated Bradbury-Carlin. “Some will succeed, and for those who don’t, they will gain experience that will help them to be successful in other careers they enter,” he said.

The cover charge is $4 and includes refreshments and many door prizes. This event is underwritten by Supreme Fitness, Hazel Restaurant and Whetstone Station Restaurant. For more information, contact Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or visit

Tammy Richards wins Catamount Half Marathon

The Catamount Half Marathon & 5K Race was held on a beautiful fall day, Sunday, October 4 in Brattleboro, VT. The race benefiting Youth Services of Windham County. Tammy Richards, 41 of Williamsville, VT was the overall winner with a time of 1:22. In second place was David Foster, 45 of Manchester, NH with a time of 1:26. Third was Mike Adrian, 47 of Newfane, VT with a time of 1:30.  Dana McClelland, 33 of Vernon, VT was fourth at 1:31 with Tom Frost, 50 of Rindge, NH coming in fifth. The race started at the Brattleboro Retreat grounds on Route 30, crossing both the Dummerston Covered Bridge and the historic Rice Farm Road Bridge as well as following Route 30’s scenic West River corridor. Youth Services  recruited several dozen water station volunteers.

Youth Services’ Pacesetter Sponsors are Brattleboro Subaru, GS Precision and TransCanada. Lead race sponsors were Marlboro College & Graduate Center, and Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters. To see other race times, visit  Youth Services has posted additional photos on their Facebook page at




Battle of the Bands


Youth Bands Set to Battle at River Garden on Friday, Nov. 6

Youth bands from every corner of Windham County and surrounding areas are set to compete for top prizes at the Battle of the Bands held Friday, at the River Garden, during Gallery Walk night on November 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission to this substance free event is only $4 which includes refreshments and door prizes.

According to organizers, competition is expected to be fierce, with top area youth bands (at least one member under age 21) playing their best in their effort to win a prize that could greatly aid their musical careers. First prize is up to 10 hours of professional recording time donated by Guilford Sound, a $1,500 value.

This event is organized by Youth Services, a community-based, non-profit organization celebrating 40+ years serving Windham County area residents. Sponsoring the event are Hazel Restaurant, Supreme Fitness and the Whetstone Station. Battle of the Band tickets only sold at the door for $4 and cover includes refreshments and door prizes. For more information on this opportunity to compete, call Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or email

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