Youth Service Bureau
The Shelton Youth Service Bureau was established in 1988 by the City of Shelton to coordinate, plan and develop services for the youth of Shelton and their families. Located in Shelton High School, the SYSB works cooperatively with city and school personnel, police, community resources, youth and parents to provide educational programs and recreational activities that promote positive youth development and strengthen family ties.
The SYSB is a city agency located in Shelton High School. Funding for programs offered comes from the City of Shelton, State Department of Education, Valley United Way, Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and various private donors.
Contact: Julie A. Penry - Director
Location: Shelton High School – Rm215
120 Meadow Street, Shelton
Telephone: (203) 924-7614
FAX (203) 924-1072
Hours: M-F - 8:00AM - 4:00PM
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Programs offered by SYSB throughout the year.
This course is designed to teach young people ages 11-14 the skills to become self-confident and competent sitters or mothers' helpers. The course is offered 4 times a year . Please call 203-924-7614 for schedule and more information. Teen Center
Teen Center offers monthly programs to Shelton youth in grades 7 & 8. Activities include dances, open gyms and swimming. There are also three social nights for 6th graders held in the spring.
Spotlight on Youth
SYSB accepts nominations of Shelton youth who have "given back" to their school or community through volunteer hours or acts of kindness- above and beyond school or civic obligations.. Nomination forms are available online or through the Youth Service Bureau.
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Coalition
In 2003, the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau and Youth Service Bureau worked together to establish a comprehensive fire-safety education program that helps to ensure the safety of children and their families. Referrals are made through the police or fire departments, from schools, parents or the juvenile court system.
Drive In Movies
Shelton celebrates families every Saturday night in July and August at the River Walk – Veterans' Park- on Canal Street by offering FREE movies on a big screen, Bring a blanket or chairs, bug spray and snacks and enjoy a night out on us!
Movie schedule is posted around town or on this website.
Youth Life Skills Classes
Substance abuse prevention education classes are available upon request to students in grades 4-12 in Shelton schools. Each class is 40 minutes long and taught during the school day.
- Conflict Resolution
- Stress and Anger Management
- Alcohol and other drugs
- Decision Making
- Getting Along With Others
- Responsible Behavior and Consequences
Juvenile Review Board
Shelton youth – who are first time offenders, under the age of 18 and admit guilt- may be diverted from the juvenile court system through the Juvenile Review Board. Volunteers from the Shelton community serve as board members and work with SYSB staff and Shelton police to give youth a "second chance". Please call for more information. Youth Speaks Out Contest
This picture/essay contest is offered to students in grades kindergarten through 8th and deals with different issues concerning our young people today.
Shelton Coalition to STOP Underage Drinking
The purpose of the Coalition is to educate the community on issues related to underage drinking. The Coalition has been instrumental in providing off site training for retailers, for changing policy on both the state and local levels, and for reminding youth and families of their responsibilities and liabilities concerning the use of alcohol.
Youth 2 Youth Peer Advocates
High school students who live in Shelton meet weekly to explore youth issues, plan community service projects, learn new life skills and train to become youth mentors/educators. This peer/community service group prepares young people for their roles in society in the areas of personal growth, leadership and community involvement. Application is available online or through the Youth Service Bureau.
Library Resource Centers
Resource centers offer free information on a variety of family and youth issues. These resource centers are located in both Plumb Memorial and Huntington Branch libraries.
Community Alert Program
The Community Alert Program is Shelton's substance abuse prevention council. CAP sponsors many prevention and awareness activities throughout the school year.
Trick or Trunk
Each year, the Youth Service Bureau sponsors this safe Halloween walk in the parking lot of Shelton Intermediate School. Youth and families are invited to "trick or treat" through a line of decorated vehicles as a DJ offers ghoulish and festive music. If you would like to decorate your trunk and be a part of the drug free festivities, please call 203-924-7614 to register.