Winchester Youth Service Bureau
With goals to assist young people and their families through difficult life experiences; to help improve the quality of life of our constituents; to facilitate families in conflict resolution; to assist families involved in the juvenile justice system; to increase awareness of substance abuse to young people; to keep children safe and to enhance our communities, the Winchester Youth Service Bureau provides services to the youth of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Hartland, New Hartford, Norfolk and Winsted.
Counseling and Case
Free, short term counseling for children and their families in our service area towns of Winsted, Barkhamsted, New Hartford, Colebrook, Hartland and Norfolk. Parenting, behavioral management, social and coping skills, drug, alcohol and violence prevention education.
Counseling Services Include:
Information and referral
Individual, small group, and family services
Specialty groups based upon needs (i.e., parenting)
Specialized Juvenile Justice program
All services are confidential
These are small, age appropriate groups that incorporate cooperative activities which are designed to address a variety of issues facing youth today. Activities are focused on promoting self-awareness, building positive peer relationships, and developing conflict resolution skills. School aged children can benefit from sharing personal experiences in a non-judgmental, structured group setting. WYSB staff collaborates with school personnel and parents to ensure that the group activities meet the needs of the individual participants. Groups are available for youth (grades 1-12) both in and after-school.
Rising Star Camp
Rising Star Camp is a therapeutic day camp especially designed to promote self-esteem, conflict resolution skills, positive interactions and success in its participants. Rising Star Camp is a unique program that accommodates children who may not have had the opportunity to attend day camp. This program is also designed to support children who have struggled with the traditional day camp experience. Rising Star Camp utilizes a reward system in which camp participants earn stickers with good choices/positive participation in camp activities; participants who have earned at least 20 stickers throughout the week are able to attend the weekly field trip on Friday. This camp program operates Monday–Friday and is open to youth ages 6 to 14 years old.
Reach & Rise Mentoring Program
REACH & RISE helps youth develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, academic underachievement and decision-making skills through a positive adult-child relationship. Volunteer mentors meet with mentees once each week to support them with challenges occurring in their lives while engaging in enriching community activities. Mentors don’t need any special skills, just a desire to make a difference!
Additional Services Available
Workshops, radio and cable shows, discussion groups on youth issues
School, court, community
Juvenile Review Board (JRB)
A court diversion program for juvenile first time offenders.
“Stewards of Children”
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
Drug and Alcohol Education Groups
Court Advocacy for Juveniles
Discussion Groups for All Ages