Youth Services within the Human Services Department provides programming for youth that promotes positive development and safe, leisure time activities. In our complex society, there are many issues facing youth. Cheshire Youth Services works cooperatively with schools, police, parents and other community resources to encourage youth to strive for their own potential. The Yellow House is home to many of these programs and activities.
provide supervised, positive after school and weekend activities for high school, middle school, and 6th grade Cheshire residents. Cheshire Youth Services collaborates with Cheshire Parks and Recreation, Cheshire Public Schools, and the Cheshire Police Department to determine community needs and to provide high quality programming; programs are detailed below.
The Cheshire Youth Advisory Council, made up of approximately 20 high school students, serves as an advisory board to Cheshire Youth Services.
Cheshire Youth Services also coordinates Community Service opportunities for young people who have either been assigned community service hours by the court or by their school as an alternative to suspension or who have chosen to volunteer to give back to their community.
Many of our programs are held at The Yellow House, the Youth Services facility across the street from Cheshire High School.
through Cheshire Youth Services include staff coordination of and financial support for school-wide assembly programs at the middle school and high school level, support and collaboration with school-based prevention programs including the Peer Health Educators Program and Project Graduation, the publication of the Youth Yellow Pages Information Directory, and the publication of the biannual Youth Services Newsletter which is mailed home to each 6th through 12th grade Cheshire student.
provides a listing of middle and high school aged young people who are available to do a variety of jobs ranging from babysitting, lawn work, animal care, office work, tutoring, and odd jobs, to employment opportunities with local commercial businesses. Annual sign-ups are conducted at both the middle school and high school in the fall.
provides “elected” members of the Cheshire High School junior class the opportunity to serve as a Town official for a day to learn about the general operation of our municipal services. This day is the culmination of a process in which U.S. History students learn about the Town Manager/Town Council form of government and the electoral process, and participate in a real election. Eligible students within the high school are also encouraged to take the opportunity to register to vote during this program.
have been established by the Cheshire Town Council to assist them in setting policy for the Town and advising the Director of Human Services. The Human Services Committee is a group of eleven citizens who focus on topical social service issues rather than targeted populations. The Youth Service Committee which is composed of five young people and seven adults discusses issues pertaining to middle and high school aged young people and their families.
The Yellow House is Cheshire Youth Services’ Program Facility located at 554 South Main Street (across the street from the high school in Bartlem Park). The house, previously a hair salon, was renovated in the spring of 2002 by Youth Services staff, a crew of high school volunteers and Cheshire Public Works, to create a safe, comfortable, fun environment for the youth of Cheshire to enjoy. Programs and activities held at The Yellow House are designed by Youth Services Staff in conjunction with Cheshire Youth and the Cheshire Youth Advisory Council. The Yellow House has programs that are both recreational and educational and include weekday programs including various club activities and leadership training workshops. Friday and Saturday nights include themed activities such as movie nights, karoake, make your own ice cream sundae, scavenger hunts and much more. There are also a variety of volunteer opportunities available at the Yellow House through many of the programs we run. We are always looking for new and fun ideas to incorporate into our programming and activities, please let us know if you have an idea and we might just use it.
All 8th – 10th grade Cheshire residents are welcome to attend events at the Yellow House, on the third Thursday of the month from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. in fall and spring. All events are supervised by Cheshire Youth Service staff. All activities are free and held at the Yellow House unless otherwise stated on the Registration/Permission form. Please check our Thursday night activity schedule to see what we have going on this month!
All 6th - 8th grade Cheshire residents are welcome to attend the our weekend events at the Yellow House. All events are supervised by Cheshire Youth Service staff. All activities are free and held at the Yellow House unless otherwise stated on the Registration/Permission form. Pre-registration is required for all students who want to participate in an activity to ensure that they will be able to attend a particular night.
The program is designed to promote reading among Kindergarten through second graders through working one-on-one with a high school mentor, demonstrating the importance of reading and the part literacy will play in their lives as they get older. Each session consist of a one-on-one reading experience for each K -2nd grader paired with a high school volunteer followed by hands-on activities related to the reading of the day. There is a Community Helper series (K-1st) and Reading comprehension and writing series (2nd grade).