Youth Creating Solutions

Peer Advocates


Peer Advocates is a 2-part program that trains willing and qualified high school applicants to listen to and to be resources for their peers.

Peer Helpers


Peer Helpers is for students at Polson and R.H. Brown Middle Schools who are considered trustworthy and helpful to their peers.

Allies


Allies is a 6th grade leadership program for students who want to make a positive change at Brown Middle School through awareness campaigns and serving as role models for their peers. For more information please contact Peg Butler (203) 245-5654.

Safe Rides


Safe Rides is a community-wide, confidential, student-to-student transportation service, which operates most Friday and Saturday nights between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. to provide a safe alternative to driving with or as an inebriated driver by calling (203) 633-0250. Volunteer shifts of 3 to 10 high school students provide passengers confidential and safe ride home within the Madison town limits. A student core group manages much of the nuts and bolts organization of the program. Volunteers do not need to be able to drive. Adult volunteers supervise the shifts. Anyone interested in volunteering please call Derek Cornwell at (203) 245-5656. Download the application (PDF).

Mentoring Matters


Mentoring Matters is a program that matches 5th and 6th graders with highly-motivated, well qualified high school students to provide guidance and positive role modeling. Within the bounds of this positive peer relationship and through mutuality of experience, all young people are given further opportunity to thrive and expand their horizons. Mentoring Matters meets every Monday at Brown Middle School from 2:50 - 4:15 p.m. A Madison Youth and Family Services staff member supervise all meetings. For further information email/phone Kristin Sandler at (203) 245-5645.

Perspectives


Perspectives is a cross-age, student-to-student program developed by an interracial, interfaith group of high school teens to address the ways in which hateful language is used to hurt people. Today Perspectives has developed into a group that discusses current and relevant events as they pertain to high school teen's everyday lives. The group also puts on two performances at the Polson Middle school to address hate language as well as the transition to high school. For further information, contact Derek Cornwell at (203) 245-5656, or by email.

Girls' Group


Girls' Group meets every Monday after school until 3:30 p.m. at Polson Middle School from November through May. This program aims to promote positive self-esteem, body image and good decision making skills while having fun and meeting new people in a safe and supportive environment. Interested 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to an informational meeting in the late fall. Please contact Melissa Balletto at (203) 245-5657 with any questions or concerns.

Boys' Council, Brown Middle School


This club offered at Brown Middle School by Madison Youth and Family Services will serve 5th and 6th grade boys in a manner that will provide them with skills that will help them in school, sports, and home life. These skills should lay the foundation to their maturity into respected young males within their schools and community. View the club's flyer (PDF).

G.A.S.P. (Gay and Straight People)


For further information contact Erin Corbett at (203) 245-5645

W.O.W. (Women of the World)


For further information contact Melissa Balletto at (203) 245-5657.

LIFE Choices


LIFE Choices is the youth affiliate of M.A.D.E. (Madison Alcohol and Drug Education Coalition). We are a group of high school students that promote making good choices throughout the community, as well as bringing an awareness to the dangers of underage substance use to light. In the past, we have been involved in many different activities including workshops with younger children, creating billboards, bringing speakers to the high school, as well as many other activities. For further information contact Derek Cornwell at (203) 245-5656.

Juveline Review Board


This group exists under the auspices of Madison Police Services and has representatives from various other local agencies. Juvenile offenders may accept an alternative to the court process designed by the Juvenile Review Board and coordinated by Madison Youth and Family Services. Please call Derek Cornwell for more information (203) 245-5656.