April 12th, 2019
The Friday Five 
The "Friday Five" is intended to be a weekly offering to those interested in the work of Middletown Youth Services Bureau and the Greater Middletown Community Collaborative and contains various news of interest around supporting youth and building community. Enjoy!

1. To Read:
Restorative Justice in Middletown PT. 2

The Middletown Press has released the second part of it's series looking at restorative justice work in Middletown.

As the first part focused on the work happening in diversion programs, the second piece looks at how restorative practices is informing our schools approach to misbehavior. 

2. To Attend: 
Stop Homelessness in Connecticut

Beyond Barriers: Enhancing Access to Housing Solutions
17th Annual Training Institute
May 16th, 2019 | 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Connecticut Convention Center | Hartford, CT

Join your fellow social-impact-minded community members at the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Annual Training Institute.  ATI is Connecticut's premier capacity-building event for organizations, frontline providers, and partners working to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. National and state presenters gather to provide training and information on best practices, promising innovations, and new system-wide initiatives as they relate to ending homelessness. 

With over 400 attendees, this event is the largest gathering of the state's homeless service sector and its partners and has sold-out for the past three years. The ATI is a "highly-visible event that has been attended by the Governor, other key officials, and national leaders." 

Registration ends on May 3rd. 

3. To Read: 
Hartford Reworks Youth Trauma 

"If they have a need they want to be met, you start there and later you make that connection to services."

As a child of the North End of Hartford, Yahaira Escribano learned to always duck at the sound of bullets, an instinct that saved her and her nephews one July day in 2011 during a drive-by shooting in front of her Martin Street home.

Trauma activism in Hartford is being met with a change in policing practices. The Hartford Courant highlights how one woman's experience with trauma has galvanized a community-led change. Escribano witnessed a shooting in her neighborhood as a child and battled with the effects of long term trauma for years following the event. Escribano went on to develop the Rapid Response Protocol: an impact oriented response to traumatic events that will foster a stronger and healthier community. 

 Read the article to learn more about Escribano's work and how we can rework trauma response in our own community  

4. To Attend: 
5th Annual Connecticut JRB/LIST Conference

"It's all about hope. Holding on to hope for our students and their families until they are strong and confident enough to hold it on their own."  - Barry Michelson

Keynote Speaker:  Joe Pedemonti, MS,  Educational Coordinator and Special Education Teacher at The Webb Schools

The hope that is established through our actions and the relationships we forge with our students and their families is their fuel. In turn, their success and happiness becomes ours. Using our motivation, emotional regulation, and relationships to foster healthy habits and routines within our students.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Location:  CCSU's Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD), 
185 Main St, New Britain, CT

Fee: $30 includes validated parking, light breakfast, and lunch

CEUs available, pending approval

Deadline:  Registration Deadline Tuesday, May 14, 2019

5. To Explore: 
Still wanting more? 

1. "Little" Movie Night:
The Middletown Racial Justice Coalition will be hosting a movie night this Sunday, 4/14 at 2:15pm at Berlin! Released TODAY, Little "brings an all new perspective to body swap comedy. Limited free tickets are available upon reservation!

I f you'd like to come, please register ASAP. You can register for up to 3 free tickets using this link: 
Someone from the MRJC will let you know if your spot is confirmed. 

2. Paint your Reality (From CT STRONG)
Middletown teens are invited to come to Middletown High School for a night of painting, raffles, music and conversation about mental health. Dinner will be provided at this FREE event. 

3. A Jury for the 21st Century
Come learn from a panel of experts about the ins and outs of the modern jury system. This talk will focus on two central questions: Can we be better prepared? Can the jury system be improved?

Wesleyan University
Public Affairs Center, room 001
April 18th, 2019

Contact  schakravarti@wesleyan.edu  for more information. 

4.  Explore Your Path Forward
This "gathering for young men" is designed to encourage community building, while helping young men foster inquiry and skills for greater academic success and positive growth. This event welcomes middle and high-school aged (8th-12th grade) young men across Middlesex County and beyond.

Augusta Curtis Cultural Center 
175 East Main Street ⧫ Meriden, CT
Tuesday April 16, 2019 - 12:00pm-4:00pm

⧫ Keynote Speaker: Michelon Dorzin of New York City's Safe Horizons

⧫ Panel Discussion: featuring Beloved, Violence Interrupter and Program Director at the Youth Opportunity Hub of Harlem, Jordan Bonner, Captain of Wesleyan University Men's Basketball Team, and others.

⧫ Workshops: "Your Network is your Networth!" and "Developing Your Game Plan for After High School and Beyond" facilitated by Anthony Price, founder of Be the Change Venture and Clifford Thornton, Wesleyan University Office of Admissions

More details at Wesleyan's ENGAGE page HERE.

5. CT Youth Should Not Be in Adult Prisons Workshop
Why Connecticut Youth Should Not be Housed in Adult Prisons. Local and national experts will join the conversation.

April 15, 2019
10 am- 12 pm
Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT

Sponsored by:
Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate
Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance
Tow Youth Justice Institute
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Center for Children's Advocacy

6. Middletown Rec "Easter Candy Hunt"
Open to Middletown residents 12 and under.
Saturday, April 13 (times below)
Woodrow Wilson Middle School 370 Hunting Hill Avenue

Please arrive thirty minutes before your first age group & have your free instant picture taken with the Easter Bunny!! Participants should bring an Easter Basket with them. Bring your own camera for more photo opportunities.

Easter Candy Hunt in the Gym and Easter Activities in the Cafeteria

Easter Candy Hunt Times:
10:00 am - 0 - 2 years old
10:20 am - 3 - 4 years old
10:40 am - 5 - 6 years old
11:00 am - 7 - 8 years old
11:20 am - 9 - 10 years old
11:40 am - 11 - 12 years old

Have a suggestion?
For suggestions of meeting topics or Friday Five materials, please email Justin Carbonella at justin.carbonella@middletownct.gov or call 860.854.6030.