Provides scholarships to GDHS clients to attend summer camp. This program serves children (ages 4-14) and seniors ages 55 and over. Scholarships are paid directly to local day camps and 2 sleep away camps that often offer a discounted rate for recipients. Campership applications are sent to GDHS clients who must meet with a case manager and provide verification of income and assets. Once clients qualify they attend a registration session and choose their camp preference and dates.
Back to School
Back to School Supplies
At the start of the new school year families with Children in Kindergarten -12th grade are provided with Backpacks and School Supplies. Monetary donations as well as backpacks and supplies are greatly appreciated!
Boots and Shoes
Provides vouchers and gift cards for kindergarteners through 9th graders, to purchase footwear.
Provides food assistance through food vouchers or store gift cards during the Thanksgiving and Christmas/ Hanukkah Holidays. This program allows families to purchase the food for a celebratory meal at the holidays. The value is based on family size and total donations received.
BANC Enrichment Program
BANC is a licensed after school program providing education, enrichment and socialization to 80 children from low-income families in kindergarten-3rd grade. Donated funds will help provide enrichment and after school activities such as Second Step (a social/emotional learning program), yoga, chess, sports clinic swim lessons, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and student program t-shirts.
Greenwich Youth Conservation Program
Summer youth employment program serving 112 Greenwich teens (ages 14-15) with opportunity of first job. Students come from Greenwich Middle Schools, High School, and Private Schools. This program allows teens the opportunity to meet other teens and to learn teamwork and practical skills while enhancing the Town’s environment. The donated funds will be used to give stipends of $225 to each teen completing the program.
Greenwich Youth Corp
Provides an additional opportunity for youth ages 16-17. Teens are selected from their work in GYCP and 2 groups of 7 work 30 hours a week for 4 weeks earning minimum wage. This is a partnership with Greenwich Land Trust. Teen salaries are funded through private donations. For more information about the Greenwich Youth Corp contact us at GreenwichDHSfund@gmail.com.
Greenwich Youth Services Bureau (YSB)
The Greenwich Youth Services Bureau partners with schools, community agencies, and Town departments to develop, coordinate, and facilitate a network of resources that support the enrichment and engagement of young people in the Town of Greenwich. This collaboration allows the community to effectively anticipate, identify, respond to, and meet the broad needs of youth and families. The YSB facilitates the Greenwich Juvenile Review Board (JRB) and Greenwich Interagency Team (IAT). The JRB is a community-based diversion process for youth who might otherwise be referred to juvenile court for minor violations of the law. Partnerships with the Greenwich Police Department, Kids-In-Crisis, and Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, Inc. ensure holistic support of young people in this program. The IAT, in collaboration with schools, provides a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to addressing the needs of young people in crisis. Both the JRB and IAT programs are guided by restorative justice principles and a commitment to connect youth to supports and services that will help them to thrive in school, at home, and in the community.
First Selectman’s Youth Commission
The First Selectman’s Youth Commission engages a diverse group of high school students to champion youth concerns for the purpose of improving the quality of life for young people in the Town of Greenwich. Commissioners actively engage in opportunities to create and contribute to community youth initiatives. They partner with Town agencies, neighborhoods, and community organizations to facilitate community conversations and engagement, youth activities, and participate on other Town boards, commissions, and committees in the planning of youth-oriented. Funds raised for the FSYC will be used to support Youth Commission operations and community projects, programs, and events.