Youth & Family Services
The NYFS Mission:
We seek to promote the social and emotional health of our youth, families, and community by creating opportunities to engage, educate, and empower all citizens of Norwich.
How do we achieve this?
- Positive Youth Development and Leadership Opportunities
- Juvenile Justice Diversion
- Family Involvement
- Mental Health Services
- Community Outreach
Circle of Security
Zen Kids, Calm Down Crew
Too Good for Drugs
Impact: Teen Driver Training
Children are at increased risk of harm online during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there is so much that parents can do to help their children stay safe when accessing the web. This resource is developed for parents to understand these risks and what steps to take in order to minimize them.
The "When it Builds Up, Talk it Out" campaign provides parents with access to trained professionals who will provide support and resources, if necessary.
The "Talk It Out Line" is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on weekends from 1 pm to 8 pm and has both English and Spanish capacity.
We are doing our part to help the community prevent underage drinking by providing free liquor stickers. 86% of underage drinkers report consuming alcohol in their home or someone else’s. These stickers will help prevent that from happening. Learn more or obtain stickers by emailing Rayallen Bergman
Every May, the City Of Norwich celebrates National Youth Service Day. The day is intended to recognize the importance of youth leadership as an important asset to our City. There are over 113 National Partners who support this initiative, as well as other year-round opportunities for youth.
National Youth Service Day has three primary goals:
1. Mobilize youth as leaders to identify and address the needs of their communities through service and learning
2. Support youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement
3. Educate the public, media, and policymakers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 event was recorded for those who were not able to attend in person.
We have many videos for parents and youth on managing challenges, virtual touch-a-truck videos, self-care techniques, wellness, and our staff Story Time readings!
We post updates, resources, and information on our Facebook page regularly!
We post updates, resources, and information on our Instagram page regularly!
We have several videos on our Tik Tok, providing information about underage drinking and coping strategies for youth and adults!