BTS Community Messenger Volunteer Opening
Applications due by Oct. 4


Are you interested in providing face-to-face communication and resource materials to members of the community?  By becoming a BTS Community Messenger, you can help us keep Waterbury families informed about what is happening in the city.  Whether you are in the grocery store, in the doctor's office, in your child's school, or in the park, you can use this opportunity to help keep community members in the know!  We are currently looking for ONE (1) Community Messenger at this time, to join the other nine currently in the program.
As a Community Messenger, you will receive a toolkit of information to help and refer parents and their children prepare for kindergarten, improve reading skills, develop positive and health mental health, eat healthy meals, obtain legal and health services, health insurance, participate in after school and youth development programs, gain necessary job skills, and learn about job placement resources.  The Messenger will also receive the electronic BTS newsletter that will provide up-to-date community information from 80 community partners.
Monthly evening meetings are held for Messengers to share information, receive toolkit updates and participate in professional development.  Stipends, a light dinner and child care are provided at monthly meetings.  A T-shirt and tote bag will be provided to identify the Messenger as an individual who knows how to find the right resources to help families raise their children and assure they are successful in school, work and life.
It is required that the applicant be a current Waterbury resident.  All applicants will be interviewed by a team of community partners and final selection is contingent upon passing a background check.
Click here for the electronic application or click here for a printable copy of the application. Deadline for submission is October 4, 2016.  For more information contact Kris Durante or call 203-754-0040.





2016 Community Youth Resource Guide now Available


2016 Community Youth Resource Guide is now available on BTS Resources Page - click here to view the guide.  You will find Basic Needs, Child Care Providers, Youth Enrichment and Mental Health resources tailored to the Waterbury community in the guide.


The following BTS Community Council seats are now open:


  • Business - someone who owns or works for a for-profit business in Waterbury.
  • Youth - A youth aged 18-24 who is active in the community and lives in Waterbury.
  • Youth Serving Provider - someone who works for an organization whose primary mission is serving youth in the Waterbury community.
  • Parent/caregiver - a Waterbury resident who provides care to a child/youth who attends school in Waterbury

Nominees represent the category for which their seat is named and volunteer Council members are elected for up to three (3) year terms of office. 


Link to online nomination form: 


The BTS Community Council is intended to be a reflection of Waterbury and strives to do its work in an open and transparent manner with public participation and collaboration.  People of all ethnicities, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  




BTS Community Report Card

85 passionate Waterbury partners developed a Community Report Card to outline child and youth data. Stories demonstrate what the community is doing to ensure success of the city’s children and youth. This report card is one of Waterbury’s first steps at taking a clear, transparent look at child and youth data, and unpacking it by gender, race/ethnicity, and economic status. It shines light on the areas where we can do better for the city’s youth given the significant economic, gender or race/ethnicity disparities that exist across child and youth outcomes.  It acknowledges that no single organization can take responsibility for the existence of these community challenges, just as no one organization alone can ensure every child’s success.  The data in the Community Report Card shows us that we can no longer do business as usual if we are to see better results for our city’s youngest citizens.  This Community Partnership is needed to ensure youth succeed in school, work and life. 89 public and private partners are now working closely with parents and youth to improve youth outcomes. 


  • Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette: "By joining forces, we ensure the City’s youth, from cradle to career, have access to the quality healthcare, education and support they need to become successful adults.”
  • Rubis Collado: “Hope has replaced frustration, by developing volunteers and creating unity in the community. When we hold hands together, it’s amazing what we can accomplish.” 
  • Mayor Neil M. O’Leary: “Waterbury’s Bridge to Success Community Partnership is to be commended for keeping the focus on the City’s children and youth.”  

The city’s public and private partners agree that it’s time for all partners to unite and change the way we do business to ensure the city’s youth, from cradle to career, have access to necessary quality education and environmental support. 



BTS News:


Please click here to view an overview of the October 15 Press Release and Community Forum.

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Please click here to view Waterbury Republican American newspaper article about David Burgos, Chair of Positive Youth Development workgroup honored as Waterbury Mayor of the Day July 24, 2015

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Click here to view the Community Report Card


 April 3, 2015 - BTS partners were honored by a visit from Deborah S. Delisle, US Department of Education Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education!


Assistant Secretary Delisle was pleased to hear about the important partnerships enhancing the lives of Waterbury's children and youth including the Bridge to Success Community Partnership, the Waterbury Public Schools and Taft School Global Leadership Institute, and the Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership.  Ms. Delisle noted the importance of educational partnerships and the collective impact framework, and the BTS affiliation with StriveTogether.

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In photo from left to right: Jamella Lee - The Taft School, Lori Hart - Bridge to Success Community Partnership, Anne Marie Cullinan - Waterbury Public Schools, Deborah Delisle - US Department of Education, and Cynthia Vitone - Waterbury Department of Health




BTS Partners attend the 7/10/2014 BTS Mayoral Press Conference at City Hall to celebrate Waterbury being named one of

only 49 communities in the whole country

to meet StriveTogether quality benchmarks








We invite you to join us in continuing to help Waterbury’s youth succeed in school, work and life - join us today!


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