Virtual Groups (2020-2021)

Spring 2021 Elementary and Middle School After School Virtual Social Groups with UConn Mentors

Mansfield Youth Services, in partnership with UConn’s Office of Community Outreach, are coming together to bring Mansfield youth some exciting special interest after school group opportunities for participants to interact with UConn volunteers and other Mansfield youth! An elementary school session and middle school session of each of the interests groups will be run to keep your kids connected with their peers in exciting and engaging ways.

“A Whole Lotta Games” Does your child LOVE games, including video games? Well this might just be the group for them! Youth are invited to discuss their successes and pitfalls during their video games endeavors, discuss/share strategies, and engage in non -video game activities/games. Maximum of 10 participants. Must be able to attend 5 out of 7 group meetings.

  • Groups will meet virtually on the following Mondays: 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, and 4/5.
  • Elementary School (3:45pm - 4:30pm) & Middle School (3:30pm - 4:15pm) editions!

“Arts & Crafts Galore” If your child has the arts & crafts bug, this is the perfect group for them! Group members will enjoy a different craft project each week that they’ll complete along with UConn volunteers and fellow group members during this weekly group. Crafts include: creating a talking stick, origami, “Paint by Sticker”, learning to draw, and much more! Maximum of 10 participants. Youth must be able to attend 5 out of 7 group meetings.

  • Groups will meet virtually on the following Wednesdays: 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, and 4/7.
  • **Parents/guardians will be asked to pick-up craft supplies at Mansfield Town Hall on February 17th (more details to come).
  • Elementary School (3:45pm - 4:30pm) & Middle School (3:30pm - 4:15pm) editions!

Year Long Middle School Youth Groups (grades 5-8)

MY Pride Logo

Mansfield Youth Pride (MY Pride) is open to Mansfield residents in grades 5-8 who are part of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow (and allies are welcome too). MY Pride emphasizes self-empowerment, positive youth development, and building strong peer and community connections to validate and celebrate our diverse identities. Group members are encouraged to brainstorm and choose from a wide variety of activities and discussion topics that are most meaningful to them.

MY Voice Logo

Mansfield Youth Voice (MY Voice)  is funded by the Local Prevention Council grant through SERAC (Supporting and Engaging Resources for Action and Change) and gives our young people in grades 5-8 a platform and skills to learn how to amplify their message to the community. This could include writing, filming, and editing a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video/sound byte, creating social media ready graphics, designing shirts/pins/masks or other swag with vaping prevention messages, learning about digital citizenship and their own digital footprints, and strategizing a plan to reach as many young people as possible. They might even have to teach us how Tik Tok works.

Questions? Contact Mansfield Youth Services: