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Bristol Youth Services BuildingOur Mission

Bristol Youth Services is a community-based social service bureau caring for the well-being of the city’s youth through advocacy, resource development and coordination of comprehensive service delivery systems to strengthen the healthy functioning of youth and their families and provide opportunities for youth to act as responsible members of the community.

Service Overview

Bristol Youth Services Bureau holds a commitment to meet the needs of youth and their families by ameliorating conditions leading to teenage pregnancy, suicide, violence, substance abuse, cultural intolerance, anti-social or self-destructive behavior, and the neglect or abuse of children.  The Bureau strives to enhance the networking and support between family, school, peer and community environments, thereby diverting the youth from involvement with the justice system or becoming victims of violence or abuse.  Center-based programs and outreach activities to schools and neighborhoods assist youth in the development of their desires, skills, talents, and goals.  Emphasis is placed on cultivating young people’s sense of responsibility, self-worth and community service and promoting children as valued contributing members of the community.


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.

Services Categories

Two primary service areas, the Administrative Core Unit and the Direct Service Unit, characterize the Youth Service Bureau.

  Administrative Services 

  • Advocacy
  • Research and Community Needs Assessment
  • Resource and Program Development
  • Community Education and Involvement

  Direct Services

  • Information and Referral
  • Positive Youth Development Groups and Youth Employment Training
  • Adventure-based and Experiential Education
  • Cultural Enrichment / Recreational Programs
  • Family Service Needs Assessment, Case management, Advocacy and Service Coordination
  • Outreach Support Services
  • Individual and Family Counseling  


The Bristol Youth Service Bureau is a member of the Connecticut Youth Services Association which is charged with advocating for youth and centrally coordinating the comprehensive delivery of services for youth and their families.  




The Local Prevention Council (LPC) has $5,050 available to develop and implement programs to prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco products and other drugs. The LPC is requesting proposals to be submitted by non-profit or public agencies serving the Bristol community.  Applications must use one or more of the following prevention strategies: environmental, community-based processes or education services, to prevent substance abuse and other addictive behaviors (see Appendix A for definitions).  Secondarily, these programs may also address resistance techniques to mean-spirited behavior, internet or video Gaming or prevention of other risky behaviors. LPC requests that applicants embed cultural competence concepts in all activities sponsored under the grant. Groups who involve youth as resources are encouraged to apply. Projects focused on remedial services such as the provision of ATOD abuse and/or joint behavioral health treatment services demonstrating problems resulting from the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, or the provision of early intervention services displaying symptoms of possible regular use and/or abuse of ATOD will not be considered for funding.

Applicants should be aware that the LPC must ensure that $1,779 or 25% of total funds awarded will support activities to Stop Underage Drinking and an additional $1,779 (25%) will support activities promoted by the Mobilizing Against Tobacco for Children’s Health.  Funding is made available through the Substance Abuse Action Council.

A Review Panel will make recommendations to the LPC which will make the final decision. The LPC is interested in funding two or more proposals whose strategies target various populations by age and reflect the socio-economic diversity of the community.  We encourage groups to collaborate on projects.

Applicants must submit a Mini-Grant Application Form, a Target Population Sheet and an Itemized Budget.  Please be sure to provide all the required information and note that school-based programs need the Superintendent’s endorsement.

Programs must be conducted between the period of December 14, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  An evaluation summary of the program activities, outcomes and actual target population served must be submitted within

30 days of the end of the program, and no later than July 1, 2016.  Include attachments of handouts and an expenditure report showing how the money was used.

Grants can only be awarded to a non-profit organization or public agency.  Please email your intent to submit a proposal as soon as possible to: . For information or questions regarding the application process, contact: Eileen McNulty, Bristol Youth Services at or 860-314-4690 or Donna Osuch, United Way of West Central Connecticut at 860-582-9559.

Six (6) copies of the program proposal must be submitted by Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by 4:30 p.m. to:  Eileen M. McNulty, Bristol Youth Services, 51 High Street, Bristol, CT 06010

Final award decisions will be made available on or about December 11, 2015.

LPC Application


Contact Us

Bristol Youth Services
51 High St.
Bristol, CT 06010

Ph: (860) 314-4690
Fx: (860) 314-4689
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