Bristol Youth Services is a member of the Connecticut Youth Service Association,which is charged with centrally coordinating the comprehensive delivery of services and advocacy for youth and their families. Youth Services strives to enhance the networking and support between family, school, peer, and community environments.
Programs assist youth in the development of their desires, skills, talents, and goals, and view children as valued and contributing members of the community. Center-based activities and outreach activities to schools and neighborhoods cultivate young people's sense of responsibility and self-worth, and encourage community service.
The department holds a commitment to protecting young people from becoming victims of inequity and ameliorating conditions leading to teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, peer violence, cultural intolerance, anti-social or self-destructive behavior, suicidality, and neglect or abuse. Services offer opportunities to resolve situations influencing youth's behaviors thereby diverting juveniles from involvement with the justice system.
Two primary service areas, the Administrative Core Unit and the Direct Service Unit, characterize the Youth Service Bureau.
Mini-grants for Prevention
The Local Prevention Council of Bristol (LPC) is requesting proposals from organizations serving the Bristol community to implement programs or initiatives that prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco products and other drugs. Proposals shall address one of the following prevention strategies: Environmental Change, Education, Information Dissemination, Problem Identification and Referral, and Healthy Alternatives with a message that clearly discourages substance use. Programs may also address other risky behaviors. The LPC mini-grant shall request that applicants demonstrate cultural competence concepts and responsiveness to diverse populations in all activities sponsored under the grant.
A total of $5,400 is available to be awarded. The mini-grant applications, with detailed instructions, are available on the websites of United Way of West Central Connecticut and Bristol Youth Services Department (http://www.ci.bristol.ct.us). To request an application please call Cindy at Bristol Youth Services (860) 314-4690. Applications must be received by Monday, November 4, 2013. Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2014.
Funding is being made available through the Substance Abuse Action Council.
LPC Mini-Grant Application