The Watertown Youth Services Bureau has established the following goals:

  • Provide school-based prevention, intervention, and life skills counseling services (through Wellmore Behavioral Health)
  • After School Programming
  • Developmental Assets Initiative

The role of the Youth Service Bureau is to serve as an advocate for the youth in our community. The YSB is the coordinating unit of community-based services, which provides comprehensive delivery of prevention, intervention, treatment and follow-up services for youth. These services are designed to meet the needs of youth by the provision of opportunities for all youth to function as responsible members of their community. (C.G.S. section 10-19m; see Appendix A).
YSBs have a broader scope of service than most other youth-serving agencies. In addition to providing direct services like other agencies, YSBs are responsible for assessing the needs of youth, identifying gaps in services, and coordinating services for youth in order to fill gaps and avoid duplication of services. Many Youth Service Bureaus also play a special role working with the juvenile justice system to meet the needs of children and youth found to be delinquent for the first time (Juvenile Review Board). An YSB is a non-coercive, independent public agency established to divert children and youth from the justice system by:

  • Mobilizing community resources to solve youth problems
  • Strengthening existing youth resources and developing new ones
  • Promoting positive programs to remedy delinquency breeding conditions