As a non-profit agency, we appreciate any and all support from our community to continue to provide our services at no cost to our neighbors in need.

All donations are used to fund programs to address the needs of youth and their families, develop and implement educational/social activities that prevent delinquency and strengthen families, and coordinate special projects that promote positive youth development.

Please contact Tom Donaldson at (860) 496-0356 ext.7,, P.O. Box 204, Torrington, CT 06790 to donate.

Our annual toy and clothing drive starts at the end of September and continues until Christmas. The Torrington Youth Service Bureau collects names, ages, and wish lists from youth throughout the area who come from needy families or are in foster care. Anyone interested can call our office to obtain the name, or several names, of needy youth to donate a specific gift to. Last year, with the help of the community, we were able to distribute over 1,500 gifts to area youth.

Invest in the future.  Mentor a youth!

Our One on One Mentoring Program specifically targets youth in foster care between the ages of 14-21.  These teens are in need of mentors to help them in shaping a successful future and to become productive citizens of our community.  They are looking for positive role models and supportive adults who they can call a friend.  They need someone who will be able to open the doors to new experiences, show them the road to opportunities, and most importantly, someone to encourage them and help them realize that they can overcome the stigma of being “a foster kid” and prove all the statistics wrong. 

Research has shown that mentoring works!  The presence of a mentor is associated with better outcomes for youth, such as fewer depressive symptoms, less stress, greater satisfaction with life at age 18, better overall health, educational attainment, and a reduction in risky behaviors.Just a few hours a month can make an enormous difference! 

You can help to guide a youth who might not have the proper support they need to make it in the world.  Teach them daily living skills they don’t always learn in school and that they may not be taught at home, such as: applying to colleges and being successful students, how to manage their money, how to write a resume or apply for jobs, how to communicate effectively, be professional, learn a new hobby, make positive healthy lifestyle choices, and become established in the community so that they can learn to help and make a difference too!

About Mentoring

We want mentoring to be a positive experience for everyone involved!
All volunteer mentors receive training before being matched with a youth and throughout the mentoring relationship. The mentoring program coordinator is always available for guidance, support, and to help come up with ideas for both the mentor and the youth they are matched with. We also provide fun group events throughout the year for the mentors and youth to meet other matches and have a good time.

Requirements and Qualifications

We have mentors from all walks of life. You must be 21 years or older to mentor and pass a DCF and criminal background check. You do not need to have prior experience working with youth or youth in foster care. The most important thing is that you would like to help a young person in your community succeed.

Because the mentoring program is designed to foster consistent adult relationships for youth in foster care, we do ask for a one year minimum commitment. Mentors usually meet with their mentees about 3 hours a month.

If you are interested in learning more about being a volunteer mentor, please contact Rebecca Cavallo at (860) 496-0356 ext.9 or

You can also fill out our application and release and mail it to Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau, Attn: Rebecca Cavallo, P.O. Box 204, Torrington, CT 06790.

Thank you!

Application Packet

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