Positive Youth Development Programs at Daniel Hand High School
This program trains students to be a resource to their fellow classmates. The 11 week training focuses on self-awareness, understanding, communication skills and knowledge of available resources. Trainings take place Oct-Dec and Feb-April. Look for applications in Sept and Jan. during lunch waves. You have to apply and go through an interview process before being trained; freshmen can only apply in the winter (January). Email Melissa Balletto at firstname.lastname@example.org or Derek Cornwell at email@example.com for more information.
G.A.S.P (Gender and Sexualities Program)
Dedicated to providing a forum for confidential conversations about a variety of issues including homophobia, family, sexual identity, how to support friends, where to find information, and raise awareness of issues faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Email Erin Corbett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Summer Youth Employment
We partner with Town and local businesses to help some Madison teens overcome barriers to employment opportunities! Summer Youth Employment Program will match a teenager with a local employer. A participant would be matched to a job and commit to working six weeks between July and August, between 15-20 hours per week. The Town of Madison will pay all the wages (through a grant from Workforce Alliance) and provide support to the participant through an orientation and ongoing contact.
“Reach Out” is a welcome/orientation program run by Madison Youth & Family Services’ Peer Advocates in collaboration with the Daniel Hand High School Department of Guidance and Counseling. “Reach Out” is a student-to-student project conceived of and organized to ease the transition to a new school for students coming to DHHS from other towns, other schools and other school systems.
A student led volunteer program that provides safe rides home to fellow students during Friday and Saturdays from 10pm-1:30am. A student Core Group helps to manage this program. You DO NOT have to have a license to volunteer; you can be a rider or dispatch! So yes 9th graders can volunteer!
This program matches 5th and 6th 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 Matters weekly at Brown Middle School from 2:50 - 4:15 PM. Madison Youth & Family Services staff member supervise all meetings.
Email Katie Volz at email@example.com for more information.
Community Service Training (Summer Program)
This training is available to students in 7th-12th grade that are interested in becoming more involved in and connected to their community. Once the training is complete, students will have the opportunity to volunteer at various locations.
Email Derek Cornwell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.