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.