Health, Wellness & Positive Youth Development Advisory Committee
The Health, Wellness and Positive Youth Development Advisory Committee is a partnership between Westport Public Schools (WPS), the Westport PTA and the Westport Department of Human Services (WDHS), which includes Westport Together a community alliance and resource for Westport families that aims to strengthen the health & well-being of youth (see bottom of page). The committee includes parent representatives from each school, along with representatives from the WPS administration, the WDHS, WPS food service/Chartwells, as well as student outreach counselors.
The mission is to promote the positive development of children and youth in families, in schools, among peers and in the community. The group also serves as an advisory group by providing guidance and recommendations as it relates to health, wellness, parent education and student achievement.
A coordinated approach to school health is utilized to address the physical, social and emotional health of the school and broader community, which includes students, families, staff and community. The theme of “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child” is used as an approach to address educational attainment and healthy development for the entire community.
DISTRICT LINKS, CONTACTS & RESOURCES
Coordinator of Psychological Services, Valerie Babich 203-341-1237
Physical Education and Health Education
Coordinator of Health and Physical Education, Christine Wanner 203-341-2429
Supervisor of Health Services, Suzanne Levasseur 203-341-1251
WESTPORT TOGETHER: Great Resource for Parents!
Westport Together is an alliance of youth-serving agencies that partners with Westport Public Schools and aims to strengthen the health and well-being of youth within our families, schools and community and nurtures positive youth development through advocacy, education, and enhanced community connections. It provides up-to-date information, activities and resources for families of school-aged children. To learn more and/or to sign up to receive email updates to be informed about programs and resources, please go to westporttogether.org and follow on Facebook and Instagram.
Youth Services Director, WDHS/Westport Together, Kevin Godburn