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Youth Services Bureau Coordinator: Bob Petrucelli, MPA

Location: 595 Thompson Ave. East Haven, CT 06512
Contact: 203–468–3297 Ext. 14 Fax: 203–468–3334
Email: Bob Petrucelli at Youth Services
Hours: Monday – Friday 9a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Evening appointments available.

The Town of East Haven Youth Service Bureau is committed to enhancing the lives of East Haven youth and their families through quality education, prevention, and positive youth development programs.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.

Margaret Mead.

The Youth Service Bureau Coordinator serves as the Municipal Agent for Children and on the following boards and commissions:

The Youth Services Commission was established by the East Haven Town Council to advise and make recommendations on policy and program direction for the Youth Services Bureau. The Youth Services Commission also serves as the Town’s Local Prevention Council.

The Youth Services Commission is comprised of 9 members, 5 adults and 4 teens, who serve three year terms appointed by the Mayor. The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month 7:00P.M. at the Teen Center 78 Frontage Road.

The Youth Service Commission members are: Al Camera, Chair, CJ Cofrancesco, Amanda Hopkins, Chuck Licata, Dominic Milano, Bianca Pappacoda, Adam Perrotti, Mary Varunes, and Ed Wajdowicz.

Summer Art is Back!!!

Summer Art returns for the 4th year in a row for teens ages 13–17 starting on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
The program will run from 6:00–8:00 and feature a variety of art projects featuring painting and drawing. Light refreshment provided.

Schedule for Summer Art Program @ the Teen Center:
Thursday July 31, Tuesday August 5, Wednesday August 6, Thursday August 7, Tuesday August 12, Wednesday August 13, Thursday August 14, and Monday, August 18.

There is NO COST for the program. View the program dates and program flyer. For more information or to register contact Bob Petrucelli, 203–468–3297; Ext 14 or by email ehc.bob@snet.net. We look forward to seeing you at the Teen Center!!!

Leadership Program 2014

View the Leadership program 2013 photo album for highlights of last years program.

• The CT Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry is now serving the East Haven community the first Tuesday of each month from 9:00 AM to 10:00AM at the St. Clare Parish, 234 Coe Avenue. A variety of free fresh products will be distributed. Please bring your own bags. View the program flyer for more information.

• The Old Stone Church Food Ministry program provides access to high–quality food at a 50% savings over the grocery store. The program is open to everyone, with no income guidelines or limits. And now the program will be accepting food stamps, so those who receive assistance can stretch their food budgets even further. A new menu is available every month. You can view the menu online, and place orders on the following website: https://familytablefoodministries.com/users/menu/48. Please call the Old Stone Church, 251 Main Street, 203–467–2907 for more information.

• The East Haven Food pantry located at the Christ and the Epiphany Church, 39 Park Place, remains open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00AM to 11:00AM and on Saturdays from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. Please call 203–467–4668 for more information.

Youth Services is pleased to be part of the new MIECHV program designed to support first time and non first time parents with education, support, home visits and connections to community resources. Services are free. For more information please contact YSB Coordinator Bob Petrucelli or MIECHV Clinical Supervisor Alison Tyliszczak at 203–466–1958. View the program brochure, in English and Español, program flyer, February 2014 Newsletter and March 2014 Newsletter.

Youth Service Commissioner CJ received the Connecticut Youth Services Association 2013 Youth leadership Award recently at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cromwell. Selected from over 100 teens throughout the state CJ was honored for his activities in the East Haven community and at Notre Dame High School. YSB Coordinator Bob Petrucelli proudly introduced CJ and presented him with his award. View the photos in the East Haven People album.

Boy and Girl Scouting in East Haven

There is a long and successful history of scouting in East Haven. Please visit www.easthaventroop408.org for information on Boy Scout Troop 408 in town.
• The Girl Scouts of CT, www.gsofct.org.

View photos from the Fall Festival & Back to School Event.

East Haven PRYD worked with the Pita Marketing Group to create two videos for parents on how to have a conversation with your children on alcohol and other drugs. These are only one example of a way to start the conversation -- It doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to start. Use these videos to help start the conversation with your child The videos can be viewed at http://www.ehpryd.org or on the following HD links:
View the Preventive video and the Interventive video.

COMMUNITTY REPORT & SURVEY:
The Town of East Haven Youth Service Bureau and the Youth Services Commission have partnered with The Connection, Inc. a statewide non profit human service and community development agency in receiving federal grant funds to combat underage drinking in East Haven. To date this group has developed a strategic plan, view the East Haven Strategic Plan ,with Board of Education approval and support conducted a survey of over 1400 students in grades 6– 12, view East Haven Fact Sheet 2011 and created a community report, view the Community Report Scanned Copy.


IMPORTANT INFO:
• On February 28, 2013 a parent presentation was taped at ETV providing a recipe for raising drug free kids. Read the presentation titled "FIVE REASONS TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR KIDS’ ALCOHOL & MARIJUANA USE AND A RECIPE FOR RASING DRUG–FREE KIDS" and watch ETV for the taped show coming soon.

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Resource To Teach Students About the Law

The Play By The Rules CT web site can be used by parents and educators to simply explain the law. It can also help to answer common questions about downloading music, internet safety and copyright issues. Check it out today!

The visit the new TEEN CENTER page to get the latest information about this program.

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The Youth Service Bureau Coordinator chairs the East Haven Early Childhood Collaborative.

The Collaborative mission is that every child in East Haven will be healthy and ready to learn by age five and achieve developmental success by age nine.

Increasing community awareness regarding the importance of all children having the chance to enter kindergarten well prepared to learn.

Collaborative initiatives include People Empowering People Leadership Training, Week of the Young Child events and dialogues between public schools and early education providers.

East Haven School Readiness Council

Family, school and community play an integral role in helping children get ready for school and life. The East Haven School Readiness Council is a collaboration of people and organizations that have made a commitment to support the development of East Haven children.

The School Readiness Council is tasked with compliance with the State of Connecticut’s school readiness grant policies, oversee program implementation and make recommendations to the Mayor and Superintendent of Schools on issues relating to early childhood. The council meets regularly. For more information on the school readiness council contact YSB coordinator Bob Petrucelli at ehc.bob@snet.net.

EAST HAVEN 2014 KINDER PREP SERIES

If you have a child entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2014 the Kinder Prep Series is for you! Three free workshops are designed to caregivers to learn skills that children need to be successful learners. The topics are social/emotional skills, math/science skills and literacy/reading skills. Light snack provided and attend all three sessions and receive a $20 Stop and Shop gift card. Workshop dates are February 25, March 25 and April 22. Registration is limited to 25 families per session.
• Free books for children entering Kindergarten in 2014 and a light snack will be provided.

To register call or email:
Old Stone Church Playschool at 203–467–0661 or email oscongregational@snet.net
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East Haven family Resource Center at 203–468–3898 or email Marissa Velazquez at mvelazquez@east-haven.k12.ct.us.

• For session schedule and additional information view the printable 2014 Kinder Prep flyer.

Download the free Adobe Reader to open and print the pdf files above.

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