Scope of Community
The following is a non-exhaustive overview of the wide scope
of services that MYSB offers to the Middletown community.
Facilitation, Coordination, &
Local Implementation Service Team & Greater Middletown Community Collaborative
Chair meeting of on behalf of Connecticut Court Support
Services Division and Department of Children and Families to help develop a
better juvenile justice system for the Middletown Court District. This meeting
was then merged with the mental health collaborative to better inform and
partner the two systems creating a better network of care for kids in crisis or
trending toward crisis. Middletown was the first community to do so and is
becoming a model for broader partnership.
- Middletown High School Family With Service Needs Diversion Team
Meeting created to help bridge work of LIST/GMCC to the schools. Has helped reduce the number of Family With Service Need (status offense such as truancy, defiance, out of control behavior) referrals in Middletown while ensuring that young people are getting services earlier (as opposed to waiting until they hit the point of crisis).
Process built from the GMCC/LIST aimed at giving families a venue to express their needs and be pointed in the direction of services that may assist. Coordinated by UCFS and MYSB staff, the SRT helps convene a group of service provides to sit with a family and collectively come up with a plan to support the youth in need.
Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Council
Co-Chairs meeting of community prevention and youth
development providers to help reduce the numbers of young people who engage is
risk taking behavior, most notably drugs and alcohol.
Youth Services Bureau Advisory Board
Board mandated by state statute and constructed via city
ordinance made of community members and key sector appointments that help guide
the YSB in addressing community issues related to youth and families.
Initiative Based Work
40 Developmental Assets
Middletown’s commitment to making a better community for our
youth to grow up in connects directly to the 40 Developmental Assets as a
framework to monitor and measure our progress working towards that goal. This
is a community-wide initiative that maintains that all sectors have a role and
responsibility to support and engage our youth.
-(Middletown Youth) MY
A new website set to launch in early spring of 2014 will be
a central hub for Middletown youth development and support programs.
A partnership with NoRA Cupcake that looks to link community
leaders with a group of local teens to do strategic planning around a community
issue. The baking of the cupcakes creates a safe and comfortable space for the
youth and adult(s) to engage.
-Asset Builder of the
Year Awards Ceremony
Premiered in the spring of 2013 will be an annual ceremony
to celebrate individuals and groups in Middletown who are doing great things
Challenge Grant Trainings
Mandated trainings for all programs receiving funds through
the city’s Educational Incentive Challenge Grant. Programs are also required to
create a Developmental Assets action plan which focuses on key assets
identified by youth and/or community leaders.
Cross sector team consisting of school, police, community providers, and advocates to address the issue of school based arrests and create policy and programs that will minimize the use of arrests for school behavior issues and support young people who are deemed “chronically behavioral”.
National League of Cities: Engaging Elected Officials in Juvenile Justice Reform
Partnership between NLC and the Connecticut Youth Services Association aimed at improving the juvenile justice system in Middletown.
Direct Service – Programs offered by MYSB are both targeted and non-duplicative.
Juvenile Review Board
Program/process offered to all first time offenders in
Middletown. Requires family to go through a formal assessment and meet in front
of a panel of community members and youth serving professionals. Board looks to
not only hold kids accountable but connect youth to services that will help
assure that another run in with the law does not happen.
Finding Your Way
Offered to all JRB students and co-facilitated by Empower
Action Sports. Program teaches life skills such as self-advocacy, frustration
tolerance, decision making, and problem solving through adventure-based,
experiential learning exercises.
Dragons In Action
Community service and leadership group at Middletown High
School. Also serves as the statutorily mandated student advisory council.
Mayors Youth Cabinet
New partnership with Mayor Drew. Group will meet monthly
with Mayor and will be generating a number of community projects.
Youth in Government
Oversee the placement of young people who are appointed to
boards and commissions throughout local government.
Summer Work Program
Oversee the placement of young people in City Hall for
summer employment within various departments.
Summer Leadership Program
Research based program that builds leadership skills while
working on improving a community issue of the group’s choice.
Freshman Transitional Program (aka The Bridge Program)
Group formed to support the transition into 9th
grade for a group of very at-risk and chronically behavioral females.
Girls Group at Bielefield Elementary
Response to a small group of chronically behavioral girls in
the 4th and 5th grade. Uses elements from Girls Circle
curriculum and Scholars Academy curriculum.
Group formed at WWMS for 7th and 8th
grade females using the Girls Circle curriculum.
Eight session course for 4th and 5th graders to assist in the transition to middle school and run by high school students (with support from YSB staff).
Public Awareness, Education, and Capacity Building - offered out to the community or by request to Middletown groups/organizations
IIRP Restorative Practices Workshop
Two day workshop licensed by the International Institute of Restorative Practices include Intro to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively.
Infusing Restorative Practices into Juvenile Review Boards
One hour presentation on Middletown's path to having a more restorative Juvenile Review Board.
Social Media for Teens
Internet privacy and online identity presentation helping
young people to better differentiate between their individual assessment of
online privacy and that of the real world. Promotes responsible social media
usage and builds skills to better “online citizens”.
Trends in Social Media for Parents/Providers
Presentation helping parents and youth serving individuals
better understand the behaviors and trends of young people who use the
40 Developmental Assets
Presentation explaining the 40 Assets and how any
organization or group of people can become more intentional in their youth
engagement. Presentations can range from 30 minutes up to 3 hours.
Building Youth Voice
Presentation on how to use youth development frameworks to
engage young people in policy decisions and other community conversations.
Peer Mentoring Training
Built to assist high school students hired as peer mentors
in the BOE’s 21st Century Community Learning Center after school
programs. Focus is on Erikson’s Stages of Development and how older peers can
help guide young people through each stage.
Events and Workshops
Films on Foss
A movie series launched in the summer of 2015 in
partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University. The event
itself was the brainchild of the Mayoral Youth Cabinet and built out of our 40
Developmental Assets initiative.
College Life Workshop
Annual workshop features a panel of recent Middletown High
School graduates who return to MHS to discuss the successes and pitfalls of
their freshman year in college to members of the current senior class.
Connect the Dots
Annual event, now hosted at NORA Cupcake, features a “speed
dating” format that connects Middletown teens with the Middlesex United Way’s
Young Leaders Society. The purpose of the connections to help advise the
students on college and career planning using the past experiences and
knowledge of the Young Leaders on how they progressed through their schooling