Programs that create a partnership between youths and adults can be highly effective in building young peoples’ skills, knowledge and reducing risk-taking behaviors. Through our youth programs, Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth (YFSHK) is committed to promoting the physical, social and academic well-being of children and families in the community.
We provide parent workshops, play groups and resources aimed at empowering children and families. New learning and a variety of social practices enhance the experience, providing a new perspective and encouraging making positive choices and enhancing lives.
Benefits Of Youth Programs
Youth programs provide an abundance of benefits for children that participate as well as their families and the community. These may include boosting academic performance, learning new skills or experiences, reducing risky behaviors such as drug use or sexual activity, promoting physical health through exercise, promoting healthy eating and more. They also provide a safe, structured environment for children to spend time daily after school – taking a burden off of working parents.
Building a partnership between young people and adults also shakes up the “cultural norm” and allows both parties to benefit from the attributes of the other. Often youth may expect their ideas to be ignored or not valued, simply due to their age and inexperience. Adults however, can benefit from the fresh ideas of youth – that haven’t been morphed by decades following the societal rules. This is especially valuable in partnerships that involve working in the community or solving local programs.
YFSHK provides a number of youth programs for members of the Haddam, Haddam Neck and Killingworth community. We aim to fulfill the needs of various target populations through these endeavors by involving members of the local communities in a mutual beneficial way.
Our current outreach programs include:
If you would like to know more about our youth programs or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.