Our outreach program serves as a non-threatening, highly accessible service for youth and families in need of counseling, as a free short-term service. We are able to meet with youth/families at our office location, at their school, or in their home, depending on the need. Counseling goals are set and referrals for more intensive treatment options are made as need arises. We also offer therapeutic groups in schools during students’ free periods and lunch times. We serve youth from kindergarten through high school.
Juvenile Review Board
A diversion program that is offered to first time offending youth who commit a misdemeanor or have been truant from school, or beyond control at home. This program is a joint effort between Court staff, the Torrington Police Department, the Torrington Public School system, and various community agencies. The goal is to have the youth learn from their mistakes and ultimately prevent court involvement.
School Support Groups
The Youth Service Bureau Direct Service staff facilitated 20 various in-school groups, from lunch bunches (social skills development), to peacemaking groups and after school programs for Harwinton, Torrington and Burlington youth. Community Service Program
Through a strong working relationship with Juvenile Court the YSB receives referrals to aid adjudicated youth in finding or creating community service projects to meet the demands of their probation.
Torrington LIST (Local Interagency ServiceTeam)
The purpose of the LIST is to be a resource to the community, court-district and local DCF office specifically relating to juvenile justice issues within our region.
Community Based Life Skills Program
This program incorporates classroom instruction, hands on activities within the community, and individual counseling to teach needed life skills. The curriculum incorporates basic education skills, daily living skills, socialization, self-awareness, and pre-employment skills. This service is the only resource in the area that addresses the unique issues youth in foster care face as they transition into indepenance.
One on One Mentoring Program
The One on One Mentoring Program links an adult volunteer with a youth in DCF care to provide a consistent, positive adult role model and support. The adult mentor is screened, trained, and matched with a youth referred to the program. Please visit the "How to Help" page to learn more about being a volunteer mentor!
Our annual toy and clothing drive starts at the end of September and continues until Christmas. Area banks, businesses, schools, NW CT Transit Stuff-A-Bus, Campion Ambulance, churches, and local residents always provide generously for these needy children with special Christmas gifts. These toys and gifts are distributed to children in foster care, hospitals and economically stressed families in Torrington, Harwinton and Burlington during the holiday season. The toy/clothing drive is coordinated with the Torrington Regional Office of the Department of Children & Families.
Thank you to everyone who donated gifts and their time to make the 2013 toy and clothing drives one of our best years ever! With your help, we were able to distribute over 1,000 gifts to children and families in Torrington and surrounding towns!