African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP)
Advocacy Training & Support to Families
To support outreach and training activities to help parents of children involved in or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice, education, mental health or child welfare systems learn about and advocate on behalf of their rights and those of their children. This grant enables the staff to handle individual cases and to conduct monthly trainings and workshops in Hartford, Waterbury and New Haven designed to inform parents about state and federal education, juvenile justice and mental health policies and practices. Key Partners: community providers, local mental health collaboratives, legislators, families, state agencies, and local schools
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC)
To provide general support for this advocacy agency, which is a coalition of 80 area organizations committed to improving the lives of Bridgeport’s 35,000 children and their families through research, community planning, education and mobilization. BCAC’s three task forces identify gaps in services and propose solutions relating to issues faced by Bridgeport’s children. Priorities for 2010 include family access to health care and health insurance, teacher recruitment and turnover, and affordable housing. BCAC publishes an annual report called “State of the Child in Bridgeport” and hosts an annual Bridgeport Children’s Issues Forum to help influence public policies and improve services for children.
community providers, Bridgeport Mayor’s Office, state agencies, Bridgeport public schools, and local and statewide networks
To support advocacy efforts to end the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youthful offenders under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system and to win support of the U.S. Congress
to reauthorize and strengthen the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act.
National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Coalition, Act 4 Juvenile Justice Campaign, and the National Juvenile Justice Network
Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
Truancy Court Prevention Project
To support a truancy court and case management services for youth
with significant absences who attend two middle schools in Hartford
with high truancy rates. An educational specialist evaluates the needs
of targeted truant youth and prepares their individual education plans. Case managers from the Village for Families and Children (The Village) in Hartford work directly with these students and their families.
An attorney from the Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) at the
University of Connecticut School of Law represents students who
have legal and special education issues.
The Village, CCA, Hartford Juvenile Court, volunteer judges, and Hartford public schools
Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA)
Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA)
Juvenile Justice Advocacy
To support CCA’s advocacy and oversight efforts on behalf of all children in the juvenile justice system, with particular emphasis on mental health, school discipline policies, truancy and girls issues.
Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, The Village,
Judicial Branch, and Hartford Juvenile Public Defenders Office
Child Guidance Center of Greater Bridgeport
Strategic Intervention for High Risk Youth (SIHRY) Program
To support a family mentoring and enrichment program for youth ages 11 to 13 from the East Side of Bridgeport who are at risk of academic failure, truancy, criminal behavior and substance abuse. SIHRY family mentors provide a minimum of six months of services to youth, mostly Latino, identified by school staff, probation officers or police. They make home visits, monitor the youths’ academic performance and behavior in school, communicate with and support parents, and attend school and treatment planning meetings. The University of Colorado’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence is evaluating SIHRY as a potential evidence-based “Blueprint Model Program.”
Administrators and social workers at Luis Munoz Marin School, the Bridgeport Board of Education, and school-based police officers
The Children’s Center at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Bedford Hills, NY
The Teen Program
To provide transportation for prison visits and activities for the adolescent children of inmates at this women’s prison. The program is designed to preserve and strengthen the family ties between incarcerated mothers and their children. Staff and volunteers address the youths’ educational needs to help them stay in school, provide recreation and counseling services for the youth, and conduct parenting classes for the mothers. Staff also support the children’s caregivers and refer them for services. Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services of Brooklyn, NY serves as the fiduciary for The Teen Program. Key Partners:
New York State Department of Correctional Services, local volunteers and host families, Frost Valley YMCA camp, Sharpe Reservation Fresh Air Camp, and Prison Families of New York
Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic
New Haven, CT
Intensive Outpatient Services for Youth with Problem Sexual Behavior
To support therapeutic services for youth ages 8 to 17 who are referred by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families or Juvenile Court for problem sexual behavior. Most of the youth have juvenile or adult criminal records. Each youth receives individual, group and family therapy; social skills development; supervised recreational activities; alternative therapies, such as biofeedback, mindfulness and yoga, and life skills counseling during a minimum 18 months of treatment. This grant also supports the extended day treatment program for males ages 13 to 17 with borderline intellectual functioning.
Judicial Branch and CT Department of Children
Juvenile Justice Outreach and Mentoring Program
To support the Director of Education, who oversees this outreach
program, and to expand the program by offering performances and dance and drumming classes at five state-funded juvenile residential facilities, including the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, the state’s most secure facility for youth under age 17. This grant also supports accelerated community-based training and mentorships for a select group of talented youth when they are discharged back to their communities.
CT Department of Children and Families, Juvenile
Detention, residential programs, and local artists
Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA)
To strengthen CTJJA’s advocacy, communications and youth and family organizing efforts to promote juvenile justice reform in Connecticut. CTJJA’s priorities include monitoring the implementation of the Raise the Age law that returned 16-year olds to the juvenile system in January 2010, addressing the overrepresentation of minorities in the juvenile justice system, and advocating for changes in school disciplinary policies and expansion of the Family Support Center model across the state to assist families of court-involved youth at the community level. Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) serves as the host and fiduciary for the Alliance.
Connecticut Voices for Children, Center for Children’s
Advocacy, The Tow Foundation, RYASAP, parent advocacy groups, Connecticut Legal Services, CT Department of Children and Families, and the Judicial Branch
Connecticut Legal Services
Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STOPP) Project
To provide legal representation for youth with disabilities ages 3 to 21 who are suspended, expelled or referred to Juvenile Court for disciplinary issues by Waterbury or New Haven schools and to advocate for reform of school disciplinary policies statewide. Attorneys help youth obtain the educational services and accommodations to which they are entitled, and, wherever possible, help to overturn suspensions and expulsions. They also represent and advocate for those youth involved with Juvenile Court on disciplinary matters related to their school issues and advocate for statewide reform of zero tolerance policies and disparate treatment of minorities.
New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Juvenile Court, Juvenile Probation, schools, CT Department of Children and Families, parent advocacy groups, the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance
Connecticut Voices for Children
New Haven, CT
Fellowship in Juvenile Justice and Related Issues
To support a fellowship program for a recent college graduate that offers hands-on policy work experience in the areas of juvenile justice, foster care, mental health, and education. The fellow conducts research on critical juvenile justice, child welfare, and school disciplinary policies and practices to help inform legislators, government officials, and advocates; collects data and prepares reports; attends Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance meetings, and helps Connecticut Voices’ staff prepare and present testimony before the Connecticut legislature.
Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, Connecticut Legal Services, state legislators, and state agencies
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
Janus Center for Youth in Crisis
To provide short-term shelter, counseling and other services to youth ages 11 to 17 at risk of involvement with the judicial system. Typical issues include truancy, defiance of school rules, indecent or immoral conduct, running away, or being beyond control of the family. This diversion program was created to address the families’ needs and prevent commitment of the youth to detention or other out-of-home placements.
Judicial Branch, CT Department of Children and Families, area schools, families, community providers, and the Bridgeport Juvenile Review Board
New York, NY
Drama Therapy and Training Program at The Children’s Center
To support a therapeutic drama program for youth ages 11 to 17 receiving residential substance abuse and/or mental health services at The Children’s Center of Hamden, Connecticut. Trained drama therapists combine theatre arts with group counseling to help these troubled youth develop and strengthen interpersonal relationships, express feelings, recognize negative emotional states, and build
self-esteem and confidence. In addition, this grant supports trainings
for The Children’s Center staff. A six-week training program in
the CANY drama therapy model for child care workers in the region
is planned for Spring 2010.
The Children’s Center and a local performing artist
The Danbury Regional Child Advocacy Center
Parent Aide/Family Enrichment Specialist Program
To provide weekly home visits and regular telephone contact by trained mentors for low-income parents or other adult caregivers who are identified by state and local sources as at risk of child abuse or neglect. The program helps clients develop the skills to meet the emotional, physical and psychological needs of the children in their care. This grant extends the service for four months beyond the term funded by the CT Department of Children and Families.
CT Department of Children and Families, United Way, and community providers
Dispute Settlement Center (DSC)
Juvenile Mediation Program
To provide mediation services at four juvenile courts and for two Juvenile Review Boards around Connecticut to resolve conflicts between low-level offenders and the victims of their crimes and divert the cases from the courts. Failure by the offender to comply with the terms of the agreement would return the case to court for prosecution. This grant also supports conflict resolution and mediation trainings and support services for schools and after-school providers.
Juvenile Court, local schools, state agencies, Juvenile
Review Boards, community providers, and advocacy coalitions
Family Advocate Program
To support the director of the high school family advocates.
The Domus Family Advocate Model is a school/family/advocate
partnership that helps youth make successful life transitions by
removing barriers to academic success. Family advocates provide
youth-centered, family-focused support to parents and students with needed wrap-around services provided by Domus and its community partners. Advocates help families identify and make progress toward goals they set so they can get back on track to success and help
students re-engage in the educational process while developing vital social and emotional skills.
Stamford schools, community providers, and the
CT Department of Children and Families
Juvenile Case Management Collaborative
To provide case management, career exploration opportunities, and job-readiness and financial literacy training to youth ages 12 to 18 on probation or parole or at high risk of delinquent behavior. The youth participate in and receive stipends for apprenticeships at the Youth Business Center in such areas as boat-building, guitar-making, music and video production, cosmetology, photography and computer design. Youth learn how to fill out job applications and properly conduct themselves on job interviews and in the workplace. Those who advance
in the program are offered paid apprenticeships or employment.
state agencies, Bridgeport Juvenile Review Board, local businesses, and the Bridgeport Mayor’s Office
Families in Crisis
To support a caseworker to provide parenting classes and individual counseling for fathers ages 16 to 20 committed to the Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, an adult prison, and to provide aftercare services when they transition back to their communities from prison.
The caseworker meets with families during the fathers’ incarceration and also accompanies the fathers on visits with their children after they leave the institution. Case management services are provided for a minimum three months pre-release and three months post-discharge.
CT Department of Correction, the Fatherhood Advisory Council led by the CT Department of Social Services, and community providers
Beacon Ex-Offender Mentoring Program
To support one-on-one and group mentoring by trained ex-offenders with youth ages 8 to 17 who are involved in or at risk of involvement with the justice system. The mentors are successful participants in the Fresh Start prisoner reentry program who have a growing interest in
community leadership and want to divert young people from a life of
judicial involvement. They participate in a 20-hour training program
to prepare them to work with youth and serve as positive role models. Mentors and youth meet at least twice weekly during and after school.
Key Partners: Bridgeport Juvenile Court & Juvenile Detention, Bridgeport schools, the Bridgeport Juvenile Review Board, RYASAP, and state agencies
To support the summer component of this landscape maintenance
training program for high-risk high school students. The program aims
to keep youth in school, advance their life and job-readiness skills, and prepare them for employment in the horticultural field. The summer internships are part of a two-year, school-based horticulture program that provides motivated youth with teaching and service learning opportunities and hands-on landscaping and gardening experience through projects designed to enhance public spaces.
National Park Service, Harding and Oxford high schools, and community providers
Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services
Justice for Juveniles Behavioral Health Treatment Program
To provide mental health and family support services to youth involved in the juvenile justice system who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Hall-Brooke conducts a two-week, state-funded, intensive mental health evaluation of detained youth. This grant enables the
agency to provide eight weeks of additional counseling and case
management to youth for whom appropriate follow-up services could not be found elsewhere in the community. The youth are monitored on a graduated basis for two years for recidivism, hospitalization, school performance and compliance with aftercare plans.
Bridgeport area mental health providers, Bridgeport
Hospital, the Greater Bridgeport Pregnancy Prevention Program, the Greater Bridgeport Juvenile Justice Task Force, the CT Department
of Children and Families, and local school-based health centers
Human Services Council of Mid-Fairfield
Briggs High School Health Center
To support the health and mental health staff at the school-based health center at Briggs High School, an alternative school primarily serving at-risk, uninsured and court-involved youth in Norwalk. Services include physical exams, immunizations, dispensation of medication, crisis intervention, counseling, and nutrition classes. This grant enables the health center to provide services for 25 hours a week, including before and after school. Approximately 1,500 student visits are documented annually. Staff also provides medical care to babies in
the school-based nursery.
Norwalk Department of Public Health, the Domestic
Violence Crisis Center, Family & Children’s Agency, Hall-Brooke Hospital, Norwalk schools, and community providers
Jingles for Juveniles
New Haven, CT
Holiday Gifts for Children in Detention Centers
To purchase gifts for children detained during the holiday season at three state-operated juvenile detention centers and two community-based, privately operated juvenile detention centers for girls.
Judicial Branch and private donors
Juvenile Life Without Parole Advocacy Campaign
To support the work of the communications strategist on a national
campaign to influence the U.S. Supreme Court on cases being heard to abolish the sentence of life without parole for juveniles and to allow their cases to be reviewed later in life to give them the opportunity to prove that they have been rehabilitated. The Juvenile Law Center is partnering with other capital litigators, advocacy organizations and communication strategists to establish a coordinated advocacy campaign that mirrors their similar successful efforts in 2005 to influence the Supreme Court to abolish the juvenile death penalty.
U.S. Human Rights Fund, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, the Equal Justice Initiative, and other foundations
Kids in Crisis
Cos Cob, CT
Safe Haven for Teens
To support the Teen House emergency shelter for youth ages 12 to 17 dealing with such issues as family conflict, abandonment, abuse, neglect or court involvement. Youth who reside at the 10-bed short-term shelter receive education, health, counseling, advocacy with the court, and other services.
CT Department of Children and Families, Judicial Branch, local schools, community providers, Family Centers, Family & Children’s Agency, and the Center for Children’s Advocacy
Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mentoring Program for Children with Incarcerated Parents
To support a one-on-one mentoring program for children whose mothers or fathers are incarcerated. This grant provides the local match of a federal grant.
Key Partners: CT Department of Correction, CT Department of Children and Families, Families in Crisis, Central Connecticut State University, and community and faith-based providers
Our Piece of the Pie
Pathways to Success Program
To provide academic, job-readiness and support services for high risk youth ages 14 to 24, many of whom have been out of school or involved in community violence or juvenile justice. Youth development specialists work one-on-one with the youth to help them with their long-terms plans to complete high school, go on to college or trade school, graduate from a two or four year college, receive a vocational certification and/or secure and retain a job.
Judicial Branch, CT Department of Children and Families, the Hartford Office of Youth Services, and Hartford schools
Public Allies Connecticut
Nonprofit Leadership Program
To provide leadership training and nonprofit work experience to young adults ages 18 to 30 through a 10-month apprenticeship. Allies also participate in weekly leadership trainings and conduct team service projects that help to build the capacity of their host organizations and benefit the Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport communities. The Public Allies program was designed to help train the next generation of nonprofit leaders. RYASAP serves as the host and fiduciary for
nonprofit host agencies, the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, and the Public Allies national office
To enable RYASAP to strengthen its leadership team, implement
a strategic plan and better lead its community partners in efforts to address critical issues impacting youth and families. RYASAP is the
host of many local initiatives, including the Greater Bridgeport Juvenile Justice Task Force.
neighborhood councils, grassroots and faith-based
organizations, foundations, police, state agencies, area schools, and the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance
Serving All Vessels Equally (S.A.V.E.)
Life Coping Skills Development Program
To support a faith-based program for youth ages 14 to 18 who are
struggling in school and involved with juvenile court, adult probation
or the foster care system. The program offers life, social and job-readiness skills, and community service. When youth graduate from the classroompart of the program, they are offered jobs in general maintenance, landscaping, and interior painting at participating churches. Clergy are trained to mentor the youth and assist their families. S.A.V.E. was created by Canaan Institutional Baptist Church in Norwalk to promote and develop programs that reduce youth and gang-related violence.
Norwalk Juvenile Court, police, local high schools,
local parishes, the Norwalk After-School Alliance, and Norwalk
Waterbury Youth Service System
To support tutoring, graphic arts, journalism, life skills, and job-readiness training in organic gardening and the construction trades for high risk youth ages 14 to 18, some of whom are truant or first-time juvenile or youthful offenders. The youth learn the basics of the commercial construction trades, including sheetrocking, plumbing, electrical work, woodworking and painting. In addition, they design and sell original products and invest the profits back into the program.
Waterbury schools, local businesses, state agencies, the Stepping Stone girls juvenile residential program, the Beacon Communities senior residential community, and the Workforce
Westchester Mediation Center
Restorative Justice Project
To provide group conferences to mediate disputes between adolescent offenders and the victims of their crimes and divert these cases from the court. This grant also supports a Parent/Teen mediation program to help resolve family conflicts before they require court involvement.
White Plains, Yonkers and New Rochelle family courts and probation departments, area schools and police departments, community providers, and the Yonkers Guardians Association
Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG)
To support this coalition of national and regional foundations and its Juvenile Justice Workgroup. YTFG’s mission is to improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable young people ages 14 to 24 and to help them become successful adults. YTFG’s three workgroups focus on juvenile justice, foster care, and out-of-school and struggling students. The group advocates reform of the public systems that impact these young people’s lives. The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C. serves as the fiduciary for this organization.
national and regional foundations; Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families, and Grantmakers for Education