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
Lunch group that provides skills that will students in school, sports, and home life. These skills contribute to their development into respected young people within their school and community. Topics covered include healthy competition, active listening, emotions, technology and more.
5th & 4th grade health classes “Making Connections”
The lesson shows how empathy is important when making positive connections with others
The goal of the program is to provide a space to deepen connection between students, student and MYFS staff, and help enrich the Polson After School Culture through play. The programming is light on curriculum, but structured in a way that provides a positive community building experience through play. Students will connect with MYFS staff and participate in weekly activities like Mario Kart Tournament, Pumpkin Carving, and other age appropriate activities. If you are interested in this program please contact Justin Zeigler