Youth Groups & Programs

The Youth Programing or Positive Youth Development component of Youth Services provides in-school, after-school, evening and weekend adventure based education, service learning, social emotional learning, and intervention programing opportunities for youth.  Programs cover a variety of topics and areas of interest. Youth Services strives to respond to the needs of the East Hartford community and welcomes community members to reach out if they know of an area of need for community youth.  

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Groups & Programs

Drumming Around the World Leadership Program (HS youth): This program is designed to engage high school students in positive self-development by increasing their self-awareness, improving their ability to communicate effectively, and encouraging exploration of their leadership potential.  Students will participate in a variety of training programs throughout the year and work closely with adult mentors and a professional musician. These lessons will be used to build skills needed for high school students to lead drumming circles for younger students and/or students in Special Education programs. Drumming students will also have opportunities to engage in a variety of community based service opportunities. 

Boys Council (10-18 year olds): This is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys' and young men's safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. The program meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships. In this 8 week, 90 minutes per session structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives - individually and collectively!   

Girls Circle (10-18 year olds): This is an 8 week, 90 minutes per session, structured support group for girls from 10-18 years is designed to increase positive connections, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. It aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices. 

Jr. Adventure Club (8-10 year olds): This is an ongoing weekly social emotional play group for boys and girls.  It uses activities to help youth learn about themselves and others.  It will also help them to learn good ways to make friends, talk to others to get tasks done, express how they are feeling or thoughts they are having, and how to work well with others to reach a goal.  

Strong Start (4 to 7year olds): This is a weekly social emotional learning group. The group uses stories, songs, group conversation, writing and drawing exercises to teach kids about feelings. Strong Start Bulletins are sent home with Parents/Guardians, which contain information about weekly lessons and provide helpful hints on how to keep that learning going at home.  Children who participate will learn: 1)How to identify and understand their own and other people's feelings; 2) How to develop self-control and remain calm when stressed; 3) How to express a range of feelings appropriately; 4) The connection between how they think and behave and what they feel; and 5) How to make friends and be a good friend.  

Teen Talk and Drop-In (13-18 year olds): This is a social support group teens.  Topics and activities will vary depending on who attends the group and their interests/needs.  Teens are encouraged to make suggestions for topics or activities they would be interested in.  This is a great chance for teens to build social skills, make friends, learn about themselves, and have a place to just relax and be themselves.  This is a safe and affirming group for all teens.

GOAL LINE (EHMS UCONN teams): GOAL LINE; a Husky Reach Initiative, is a character education and youth mentoring program that brings student athletes from the University of Connecticut to the East Hartford Middle School and serves 70 youth on a monthly basis. Selected youth attend field trips to the UConn campus, Gampel Pavilion, Rentschler Field and the XL Center to support and experience UConn campus life and athletics at its best. Youth Services collaborates with the Savings Bank of Manchester Charitable Foundation, East Hartford ChildPlan, East Hartford Middle School and the University of Connecticut; Division of Athletics on this initiative. For more information, please contact Jen King at (860) 291-7183.