Youth & Family Services Committee

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Board Members

  • Ann GuaySchool Committee Liaison
  • Marge HeckmanChair, At-Large
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Susan SchwartzBoard of Health Liaison
    Term Expires: 2025
  • Amy HamiltonRecreation Liaison
  • Shirley Fan-ChanAt-Large
    Term Expires:2023
  • Matthew DermanAt-Large
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Sarah SjostromAt Large
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Ed PierceSelect Board Member
  • Jim Hunt, Police Department Liaison

Overview

Mission

Identify and address the social, emotional, and developmental needs of children, youth, adults, and families in Bedford through programs and services that support and nurture.

Purpose

The purpose of the Youth and Family Services Committee is to advise the Town about programs and services in support of its mission, which is to identify and address the social, emotional, and developmental needs of children, youths, adults, and families in Bedford through programs and services that support and nurture.

Responsibilities

The Youth and Family Services Committee shall provide advice related to its primary functions:

  • Develop and implement counseling services for residents, coordinating with other Town departments and the schools, as well as other area resources.
  • Initiate educational programs for the public at-large about issues and choices related to healthy family life, including the hazards of alcohol and drug use.
  • Provide information about linkage to area resources, as well as entitlement programs such as veterans' benefits, fuel assistance, and medical assistance.
  • Promote youth empowerment through programs designed to educate in collaboration with Schools, Police, and other youth-serving organizations.