Madison Youth and Family Services Programs at Brown Intermediate School
Positive Youth Development (PYD):
Positive youth development is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities in a manner that enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.
This program matches 4th and 5th 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, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.
Source: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Let’s Create Together is a connection group for 5th graders. This group is open to all 5th grade students, and is designed to help create connections and reflect on shared experiences while having fun in a low-stress environment. Each week will focus on a different topic, along with a related hands-on activity or craft. The group will meet weekly for 4 to 6 weeks; all materials will be provided by MYFS.
5th & 4th grade health classes “Making Connections”
The lesson shows how empathy is important when making positive connections with others