The role of Youth Service Bureaus is to serve as an advocate for youth and is dictated by state statute "as the coordinating unit of community-based services to provide comprehensive delivery of prevention, intervention, treatment and follow-up services" for children and youth. These services are designed to "meet the needs of youth by the diversion of troubled youth from the justice system as well as by the provision of opportunities for all youth to function as responsible members of their communities" (C.G.S. section 10-19m; see Appendix A).
The Mission Statement for Youth Services in Middletown is to advocate and coordinate all resources for youth in order to overcome participation barriers and promote positive youth development.
The vision for Youth Services in Middletown is to provide a centralized resource committed to serving all children, families, and organizations.
Scope of Service
YSBs have a broader scope of service than most other youth-serving agencies. In addition to providing direct services like other agencies, YSBs are responsible for assessing the needs of youth, identifying gaps in services, and coordinating services for youth in order to fill gaps and avoid duplication of services. MYSB works cooperatively with school personnel, police, community resources, youth and parents to coordinate both systems and services.