Youth Connect

 Youth Connect is a school-based intervention program that seeks to reduce justice involvement and improve health and wellness outcomes of students from elementary to post-secondary education. This initiative is a collaboration that includes the City of New Haven Youth Department, Board of Education, city social services agencies, mental health professionals, community partners, and parents.  Using a data-driven intervention model, the goal is to improve school engagement and academic performance among program-involved youth. Youth Connect identifies youth and connects them to a network of services that are specifically targeted to their individual needs which is inclusive of but not limited to: Tutoring, Academic Support, Gang Intervention, Mental Health Assessments and Treatment, Employment Matching, and Placement.

Youth Connect Partners
ALIVE | Career Pathways TECH Collaborative | Catholic Charities | Children's Center of Hamden | Clifford Beers Clinic | ConnCAT | Connecticut Junior Republic | Cornell Scott Hill Health Center | Department of Children and Families | Family Centered Services | Gang of Dads | Integrated Wellness Group | Justice Education Center  | New Haven Housing Authority | Phenomenal I Am, Inc. | Juvenile ProbationUniversity of New Haven | VEOCI | Yale Child Study Center Youth@Work | Youth Connect SPED Advocate | NHPD | Juvenile Review Board


Gwendolyn Busch Williams

Director – Youth and Recreation Department

City of New Haven

Gemma Joseph Lumpkin

Chief of Youth, Family and Community Engagement

Office of Youth, Family and Community Engagement

Kermit Carolina

Supervisor of Youth Development and Engagement – New Haven Public Schools

Office of Youth, Family and Community Engagement

Ronald S. Huggins Jr.

Youth Services Specialist – Youth and Recreation Department

City of New Haven

Shaleah Williams

Youth Connect & VEOCI Program Manager

City of New Haven, Board of Education, Grey Wall Software