Youth in Action & SPARK
Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders – but the future isn’t so far away. Everyday, kids are becoming more involved in community activities that not only shape their local environment, but also can have impacts on a state, national or even a global scale. Instilling valuable leadership skills in children today is not just giving them tools for their future careers, but also providing vital assets that will help them through their academic life and into college.
Youth In Action Leadership Program
Community service has proven to be a powerful tool in stopping youth drug use before it starts. Through participation, youths can build self-esteem, enhance their community feeling, learn useful skills and strengthen student relationships – understanding that as individuals, they can make a difference. The Youth In Action program is built on this concept empowering high school students from Haddam and Killingworth through community service and prevention activities.
Groups meet once per week during students’ lunch period and some activities may also take place after school or on weekends. Our staff at YFSHK facilitates the program itself, with permission from parents. Support is generously provided by the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council We thank them for their support. 
To participate in the Youth In Action program, please contact us today to request a schedule and permission slip.
SPARK Leadership Program
At Haddam-Killingworth High School, the youth-based coalition IGNITE uses a model of community well-being to design and execute activities and campaigns for members of HK. On the heel of this success, YFSHK developed the SPARK Leadership Program aimed at middle school students. Activities include a variety of games that create bonds, teach leadership skills and promote positive and healthy lifestyles.
Through participation, youths will learn about “developmental assets” such as creating a call to action, how to construct and disperse a clear message or tools to deal with difficult situations (i.e. a friend being bullied) through evidence-based practices. Students will learn to identify assets and different leadership styles, find their own voice and spark conversation about how they can make a change in the community as well as promoting positive growth in their own schools.
To participate in the SPARK program, please contact us today. If you would like more information about our youth programs or would like to get involved, get in touch with us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.