Teams sought for BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE benefit April 4

Families, friends and teams from work are invited to celebrate the 34th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Saturday, April 4 to benefit Youth ServicesBig Brothers Big Sisters program.  The fundraising event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with teams signing up for a one-hour time slot to play at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road. 

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the primary fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a Youth Services’ program that matches youth in Windham County in need of a one-to-one relationships with caring adult mentors. TransCanada is a presenting sponsor of all Youth Services’ events in 2015.

Brattleboro Subaru is again the top Bowl for Kids’ Sake sponsor this year with People’s United Bank and the Windham Southwest Teachers’ Association continuing as lead sponsors.  The goal of the event is to raise $55,000 in pledge money to help cover the cost of running the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Read more: Forming a team is a blast for April 4 bowlathon

PRESS RELEASE: February 25, 2015

Client testified in Montpelier on need for regulation of Rent-to-Own industry

Montpelier, VT--Youth Services’ client Ashlyn Murano, a 20-year-old single mom who recently transitioned from the organization’s youth shelter in Brattleboro to her own apartment, headed to the Vermont capitol last Thursday to advocate for legislation to tighten regulations of the rent-to-own industry. 

Accompanying her was Danielle Southwell, Youth Services Youth Development Director, who says that providing the mentoring needed for clients to speak up for themselves is a hallmark of the Youth Services Transitional Living program she directs, and that Ashlyn is a role model for other young people finding their voice.

Read more: Youth Services Client Speaks with Legislators


PRESS RELEASE: February 1, 2015

Rachel Henry Joins Youth Services Board of Directors

Rachel Henry of Brattleboro, recently joined 15 other community members in serving on Youth Services’ board of directors. Through 10 programs ranging from Court Diversion to mentoring, the nonprofit agency helps Windham County children, youth, and families thrive.

Henry has worked in human resources at the nonprofit international educational organization, World Learning for nine years and today is its Vice President for Global Human Resources.   With degrees from the University of Vermont in Sociology and English, Henry has already put her education and skills to work in the community in other ways including chairing the Brattleboro Area Human Resources Network, sitting on the SEVEDS Workforce Planning Committee, and serving on the Winston Prouty Board.

Already the organization is tapping Henry’s background in organizational development and employee relations and Henry will continue her involvement on the Big Brothers Big Sisters advisory committee, where she has served for the past three years. The board and staff are looking forward to her expertise as it aims to provide more workforce development for area youth.

Read more: New Board Member Join Youth Services

PRESS RELEASE: February 25, 2015

Youth Services Now Providing Sexual Abuse Victims with Advocacy Case Management

Together with Windham County Safe Place, Youth Services recently began a project to provide victims advocacy case management services for children (and their families) who are victims of sexual violence.  

When a criminal investigation is initiated regarding child sexual abuse cases, Youth Services responds by providing case management services. This service is funded with a Children’s Justice Grant through the Vermont Department of Children and Families.

Read more: Sexual Abuse Victims Receive Case Management

PRESS RELEASE: January 26, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates National Mentoring Month with Lunchtime Match Push

Brattleboro—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County is making a special effort to recruit volunteers during January’s National Mentoring Month, with an emphasis on finding lunch-hour mentors throughout Windham County but especially in Bellows Falls, where a new partnership with Rockingham Central Elementary School has started. 

“In addition to our Big and Little matches who get together on their own schedules, we are recruiting mentors for several dozen elementary students, between the ages of 5 and 12, identified by their teachers or parents as children who could benefit from the weekly one-on-one mentoring during the school day,” explained Kimberley Diemond, director of mentoring at Youth Services.

Read more: Can you volunteer one lunch hour weekly?

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Current Job Openings

Supervised Visitation Monitor

Youth Services is looking for a part time (20 hours/week) Supervised Visitation Monitor.  The Monitor will be responsible for supervising visits between non-custodial parents and their children for cases in which a court has determined that supervision is needed for those visits. 


Residential Adviser

Youth Services is seeking a Live-In Residential Adviser for our Bellows Falls Youth Shelter. While this is an unpaid position, it would help provide a valuable need for homeless youth. Free rent is included! This is a live-in roommate-type of arrangement to monitor the shelter space during very flexible evening and overnight hours. 


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