Youth Services Director
165 Church St.
(203) 946 - 7585
(203) 946 - 5750 (fax)
The City’s youth department seeks to ensure that all New Haven youth are aware of and haveaccess to positive opportunities to meet their basic needs to (1) be safe, feel cared for, be valued and be independent; and (2) build skills and competencies that allow them to function and contribute to society. More specifically, the department advocates for supportive policy, facilitates enriching experiences, develops and maintains information databases and websites; and regularly assesses how well the City and other local youth-serving organization are doing in achieving the following citywide intended outcomes for youth:
- Academic Success (academically prepared for post-secondary opportunities for education);
- Good Health (Physical, Mental, Emotional/Social);
- Strong Character (Shared values);
- Informed Decision Making;
- Civic Engagement;
- Developmentally Appropriate Levels of Independence;
- Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity (Educated and exposed to their own and other cultures
Youth@Work targets in-school youth, ages 14-21, who are New Haven residents and/or attend a New Haven Public School. The program is aimed at providing young people with workplace exposure, mentoring and school and community-based enrichment activities. Early work experiences serve as the foundation for the future success in the workplace. Youth@Work facilitates:
- Summer Work Based Learning Experience provides 600-700 young persons a five (5) week employment experience. Youth are able to work up to a maximum of twenty five (25) hours a week at the State of Connecticut minimum wage rate.
- Year Round Work Based Learning Experience provides a twenty (20) week work experience during the school year. High school students are able to work up to ten (10) hours a week at the State of Connecticut minimum wage rate.
- New Haven Leaders is a collaborative effort with the Human Resource Office. We sponsor internships for 8-10 college, City intern applicants.Â Each intern receives an 8 week summer internship in a City department. In addition, professional development is provided via weekly in-services.
Under the Youth Service Bureau there will come connections to the Youth Commission which is comprised of both youth and adults who offer their insight regarding the direction of the department and feedback regarding current program.Â The Youth Service Bureau facilitates:
- Mayor's Youth Council (MYC) which serves as an opportunity for the city's youth who are currently in high school and opportunity to realize their leadership potential via their participation. MYC meets weekly throughout the academic year and takes leadership roles in youth-driven workshops, discussions and service-learning projects. This program is co-facilitated with Youth@Work.
- Mayor's Youth Guide which is an active guide of agencies providing programming for youth during the summer months.
- Summer Bussing which provides New Haven agencies with funding for summer bussing so that they may provide cultural and educational trips for youth participants.
- YSB News Letter a quarterly newsletter that encompasses events of the Youth Services Department as well as highlight activities of youth agencies in the city.
- Bike Program provides new bicycles to inner city youth who are middle school and/or high school attendees. Plans on future collaboration with the New Haven Police department. Currently we are giving over 100 bicycles for this FY.
- Community Development Block Grant program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is important tools for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. YSB monitors youth servicing agencies that have been granted funds via the City of New Haven under CDBG.
The City of New Haven, with funding through the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division is pleased to have announced its Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grants program (YVPI), which is funding not-for-profit, community-based or community-serving organizations that work directly with youth who reside and/or attend school in New Haven, for the purpose of providing innovative and effective programming to reduce the risk factors associated with youth violence. YVPI funds programs which focus on 1) Youth Job Training and Readiness and 2)Youth Leadership, Mentorship and Peer Mediation; and 3) Pro-social interventions including but not limited to: literacy, physical health and wellness, social, emotional and behavioral health, mental health, sexual health, homeless youth, special needs youth, youth job readiness, youth leadership, youth mentorship and youth mediation.
Building upon existing programs and partnerships the City of New Haven's YVPI Grants program will focus on enhancing the capacity of existing prevention and intervention strategies. Specifically, the initiative will focus on the expansion of economic opportunities for youth and improved access to positive social activities.
Grantees: Big Brothers/Big Sister, Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Children's Community Programs, Citywide Youth Coalition, Community Mediation, EIR Boxing, Higher Heights, JUNTA, LEAP, Marrakech Inc., New Haven Family Alliance, New Haven Reads, New Haven Youth Tennis and Education, Solar Youth, Squash Haven, The Consultation Center.
If you have questions pertaining to summer employment or how to become a summer worksite for Youth@Work, please contact the Youth@Work office, 203-946-7582. Thank you, Tomi Veale, Program Coordinator and Gwendolyn Busch Williams, Program Manager.
If you have questions pertaining to summer bussing or the Mayor's Youth Guide to summer activities, please contact Stephen Driffin, Youth Services Specialist at 203-946-7173.