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:
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BTSCC2016
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.
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.
Please click here to view an overview of the October 15 Press Release and Community Forum.
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.
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