Welcome to Danbury Youth Services, Inc. (DYS)

Join us for an Open House on March 7 from 9 A.M. – 7 P.M. at DYS located at 91 West Street.  We will be serving food and refreshments at the event.  Please come and meet our compassionate and caring staff, board of directors, and program participants.  Learn more about DYS programming and why you should support this community organization.

You can learn more about DYS programs by viewing our web-site and joining our Facebook page.  Also, consider giving to DYS through Fairfield County Gives in support of Danbury Youth Services.  Go to www.FCGives.org on March 7 between 12 A.M. – 11:59 P.M. and help DYS give youth and families a safe and comfortable environment to build life skills and become productive members of society.   Thank you for choosing DYS to support!

Julie Schmitter, MPA,  Executive Director, jschmitter@danburyyouthservices.org

DYS Leadership Statement:

The mission of the Center is one that is embraced by Board and staff alike: to strengthen youth and families by supporting and fostering hope and teaching the skills necessary to lead positive and productive lives. Of paramount importance to all is to provide children with the ability to lead successful lives and engaging families in the process. Building life skills, teaching children coping mechanisms, and being a resource for both children and families are some of the ways that the mission is carried out. As important, is creating an environment that is conducive to learning and growing. This is addressed by focusing on both the physical environment (upgrading the facility, providing a welcoming atmosphere, etc.) and by addressing the mental health of the child — learning new treatments and methodologies that will empower children to grow successfully into adulthood.
Excellence, competence, compassion, respect and leadership are the core values that exemplify how the mission of DYS is carried out.
• Excellence — there is a high standard of quality in how the services of DYS are delivered
• Competence – the staff is professional, dedicated and committed to continually utilizing best counseling practices
• Compassion – caring, dedication and concern for children and families are emblematic of the organization.
• Respect – honesty, integrity and recognition of the importance of fostering a sense of independence and hope is critical
• Leadership – exhibiting high ethical standards along with the impetus to provide good role models is inherent in what DYS does.
These core values augment the mission and communicate the principles upon which the organization is based.

DYS TARGET Program – Making a Difference!



What People Are Saying About Danbury Youth Services, Inc.  

“My counselor has shown me a lot about my anger and how I can control it.  I’m so excited that DYS has paid for summer camp – they even gave me the bike I needed for camp.  When I was in a car accident, my DYS counselor helped me get new eye glasses.”

“This is a place where I feel safe to talk about what I want.  I feel listened to and it makes me feel comfortable.  The counselors are helpful and respectful but never push to far.  I am getting to release any pent-up emotion to someone who cares and it feels good.”

“Before GAL’s Club I was smart, fun, secretive, and shy.  Now I am still smart and fun but  am also confident, brave, easy going, and I have friends.”

“As a leaders in GAL’s Club, I help others as much as I can.  Before joining the club, I did not know how to make friends.”

“Coming here has helped my family to understand each other more – it makes us feel closer.”

“Coming to DYS has helped me learn not to be a bully.  My teachers made some changes that my counselor suggested, and its helped me do better at school”