On the whole, Greater New Haven is a place of great opportunity for children and youth. The proportion of youth disconnectedness — that is, teenagers who are not in school and not working at a job — is one of the lowest in the United States. Most adults in the Greater New Haven region say that youth have the positive role models they need. About half say that the opportunities for children to succeed will be better than those they have had, suggesting a slightly higher level of intergenerational economic mobility than the nation as a whole.
Yet, challenges persist within the City of New Haven’s low income neighborhood areas, where youth are twice as likely to not participate in after-school activities, and adults are about twice as likely to say that youth lack positive role models. Since youth disconnectedness is associated with unemployment and youth violence, this is a significant concern in our region.
See these and other indicators in the report, Calibrating the Community.
What The Community Foundation is Doing
The Community Foundation’s support of programs that nurture children and youth collectively engage individuals, families, schools, and communities in the pursuit of education, self-determination, and character and leadership development. This holistic approach is critical to promoting positive youth development. Most grants awarded in this area support after school or out of school programming. Research has shown that youth who attend programs after school are much less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as violence, drug use and early parenthood.
- In 2012 The Foundation invested over $1 million through 158 grants to organizations and programs focusing on children and youth.
- Multi-year grant to Street Outreach Workers, which in 2012 brokered 34 mediation agreements involving and interrupted more than 160 potentially violent disputes.
- A program grant to Solar Youth supported the expansion into McConaughy Terrace and the Newhallville neighborhood.