NM Youth Agency November Newsletter

"November is a month where we can begin to look back at the year and reflect on what we are thankful for and to remember what we are still striving to achieve. This year surely has not been easy, and it can be convenient to blame the obvious negative and unfortunate events that face us everyday for our believed shortcomings. But I challenge you, to instead, reflect and think of those individuals or events in your life that you are thankful for, rather than only looking at the negatives and the "who" or "what" that are causing you your hardship. It is far more positive and healthier to reframe our perspective in this way, and to acknowledge that even when times are tough, there are aways places where we can find gratitude."
The Youth Agency's Child Care Program has taken on a new challenge with New Milford's hybrid start to school. Our program is now providing both Before and After School Care and Full Day Care for 125 children every week. Our staff is now facilitating distance learning along with providing a fun, safe environment for the children of New Milford. We are also excited to announce that we have received generous grant funding from the United Way. Thanks to them, we are now able to provide partial scholarships for families struggling to meet their child care needs. For more information about the program or how to apply for scholarships, please contact Brian at bhembrook@newmilford.org.

YA Media: The Youth Agency's Video and Podcast Program continues our mission to educate, entertain, and encourage our youth and families. We invite you to listen to our Podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Pandora or check us out on youthagency.org and the Youth Agency Facebook page. If you are interested in creating a PSA, hosting a Podcast, or other ideas, please contact Stacey via the email embedded in the title!

PARENTING TIPS FOR ANXIOUS KIDS- Sara Wells, LMSW

Tip #1. BUILD YOUR CHILD'S EMOTIONAL STRENGTH :

It’s important to praise your child for facing challenges, trying something new, or exhibiting brave behavior. Some children like big, loud, exuberant praises, while others like a quiet pat on the back. There is a lot you can do to help build your child’s competence. Search to find avenues where your child can show that they are good at something (music, art, sports). Also, be sure your child has jobs around the house that show your child contributes to the family. These things can significantly help boost your child’s self-esteem and self-worth. Give it a try!


Also, here are some current programs available:


Parent 2 Parent Support Group

Join us for a welcoming support group, facilitated by Sara Wells, LMSW, along with parents of our community who are working and learning together.


Meet others in similar situations at this FREE and informal support group. This group will allow parents to provide dialogue, share their experiences, tools, and learn from other parents about raising their children.


Join us to discuss a variety of issues, challenges, and concerns that parents may face.


Peace, Love, & Stand up to Hate Workshop

This ongoing workshop is designed for High School students to promote inclusion, diversity, friendship, team building, and kindness. The purpose is to celebrate differences, practice self-care, create a safe space for communication, and show that progress is possible.


Girl Power Workshop

An ongoing workshop designed for High School women to promote female empowerment for high school students to boost self-esteem. A safe place for teenage women to come together, discuss important topics, share advice, and be kinder to each other and ourselves.

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CYSA Zoom Conference

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Over three-hundred Connecticut youth agency professionals met through Zoom to discuss anti-racism goals within Connecticut youth agencies and children’s services. They explored the multitude of realities in the American experience. Our youth advocate, counselor, intervention manager, and director logged in and participated in a group debrief on promoting more inclusivity and acceptance of others within the Youth Agency. We will continue this advocacy within New Milford Schools.
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