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Contact Sheila at NYFS for details and reservations.

January 15, 2010

SHANNON HICKS

    Contact Sheila at NYFS for details and reservations.

    *Circle of Parents Group: A parent mutual self-help support program based on a simple and time tested model, Circle of Parents is a new offering from Newtown Youth & Family Services.

    Through peer-to-peer leadership and support at weekly meetings, people in a parenting capacity can, over time, gain self-esteem, overcome isolation and improve their parenting skills by exchanging support and positive parenting suggestions.

    The group will meet on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 pm, beginning January 18, at 17 Church Hill Road. Call Jessi at NYFS for details or to sign up.

    Family Programs & Events

    *Parent Education Program (PEP): Putting Children First is a State of Connecticut program required as a prerequisite to granting a divorce.

    Sessions are designed to help families cope with the effects of divorce on children. Call Sheila at NYFS for more information including the schedule.

    Youth Programs & Activities

    *Yoga: Are you looking for a new way to relax? Try taking yoga, taught by Newtown resident Karen Pierce.

    Never done yoga before? Don’t worry! Beginners are welcome and classes are designed for teens, 7th-12th grade only.

    A new series of classes will begin in early February. Contact Amanda at NYFS for details.

    *Job Bank is now taking applications from qualified 13-17-year-olds who want employment babysitting, pet sitting or performing other household chores.

    Call Monday through Thursday between 3 and 5 pm for an application.

    *NYCAAP (Newtown Youth Creating AIDS Awareness for Peers) meets Wednesdays at Newtown High School from 2 to 3 pm.

    Contact Jessi at NYFS for details.

    Support Groups

    *Alateen meetings are Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm. This program is for youth affected by somebody else’s alcoholism.

    At meetings members share their personal experiences, and learn to find personal happiness, whether or not the alcoholic in their lives is still drinking.

    *Children Of Divorce: This is a special group to help your child heal from the pain caused by a separation or divorce.

    The group meets on Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm, and a new series for ages 10-14 began this month. It will run until February 11, and openings are still available. Call Jessi at NYFS to sign up.

    *Newtown PAC (Parents Advocating for their Children): This group is for parents of children with learning disabilities. The focus will be on assisting parents in finding the resources that they need to help their children become successful.

    The group will meet the second Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 pm.

    Contact Suzanne at 270-9869 for details or registration.

    *Sibshop: This program acknowledges that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between.

    A new series for ages 10-14 will meet on Mondays, January 11 to February 15, from 5 to 6 pm each week.

    Call Jessi at NYFS to sign up.

    *Women Empowering Women is a support group for women to empower and encourage them to reach their fullest potential.

    This group meets at 121 Mount Pleasant, and a new group is currently forming. Contact Thea at NYFS for details.

    Programs take place at NYFS, 17 Church Hill Road, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register call 270-4335.