African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP)
Advocacy Training & Support to Families
To assist parents of children with disabilities involved in or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice, special education, mental health or child welfare systems to learn about and advocate for their rights and those of their children. This grant enables AFCAMP staff to handle individual cases, all of which involve an education matter, and to conduct trainings and workshops in Hartford and New Haven. It also helps AFCAMP promote the involvement of parents and community providers at state and local forums to improve school climate and academic outcomes for youth with disabilities.
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC)
To provide general support for research, community planning, education and mobilization efforts to help improve the lives of Bridgeport’s 35,000 children and their families. BCAC, a coalition of 80 area organizations, facilitates three task forces that identify gaps in services and propose solutions relating to health, education and early care, and family economic empowerment. Current focus areas include advocacy training for parents, analysis of the impact of budget cuts on Bridgeport schools, family access to health care and health insurance, teacher recruitment and retention, and the positioning of BCAC as an authority on children’s issues outside Bridgeport. BCAC publishes an annual report, State of the Child in Bridgeport, and hosts the annual Bridgeport Children’s Issues Forum to help influence public policies and improve services for children.
Campaign For Youth Justice
To provide general support of 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. This grant helps the Campaign provide technical assistance and advocacy tools to support individual states that are interested in raising the age a juvenile can be prosecuted in adult court and reducing juvenile transfers to the adult criminal system.
Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
Truancy Court Prevention Project
To support this collaborative project that includes a school-based truancy court using volunteer judges and case management services for youth who attend two middle schools in Hartford with high truancy rates to improve their attendance, academic performance and pro-social engagement. An educational specialist from the Center for Children’s Advocacy evaluates the needs of identified chronically truant youth and reviews their individual education plans. Case managers from the Village for Families and Children work directly with these students and their families. An attorney from the Center for Children’s Advocacy represents students who have legal and special education issues. In addition, CREC’s education coordinator oversees an incentive program for participating students and their parents for meeting goals related to the youths’ educational outcomes.
Center For Children’s Advocacy (CCA)
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 and truancy issues. Priorities include reductions in disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in school-based arrests and other points in the juvenile justice system where children of color are treated more punitively than white children; reductions in transfers of children to alternative schools that provide substandard education and have high dropout rates; and reductions in out-of state placements of children dually involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. CCA’s advocacy focuses on children in Bridgeport, Hartford and Stamford, while also benefitting children statewide. In addition to its advocacy for systemic reform, CCA operates model Truancy Court Prevention Projects in Bridgeport and Hartford, at K-8 schools with high rates of truancy, to intervene with individual children and help them access appropriate educational services before truancy becomes entrenched.
Center For Children’s Law And Policy
Washington, DC 20006
Connecticut Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Project
To provide technical assistance to the state and two local communities (Hartford and Bridgeport) to help them collect and analyze data and implement policy changes and services that will reduce the overrepresentation of minorities in the juvenile justice system. A team from CCLP trained oversight committees in both cities and meets with them regularly to monitor data, secure agreements with schools and police, and promote the implementation of graduated sanctions to address youth behavior and reduce racial disparity at every stage of the system, from arrest and detention to residential placement and return to the community. It is anticipated that lessons learned in the two cities will be replicated throughout the state. This project is a collaboration with the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford and the Connecticut Judicial Branch.
Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College
New York, NY
Juvenile Justice Media Fellowship Project
To sponsor a year-long fellowship program and two-day symposium that will bring together 30 journalists from across the U.S. with policymakers, innovators, and advocates in the juvenile justice field and justice-involved youth for a comprehensive examination of the issues, challenges and best practices impacting court-involved youth under age 18. Journalists selected as fellows provided evidence of their editors’ support to publish or broadcast stories on pressing juvenile justice issues in their home states within three months of the symposium. The fellows receive mentoring and research support for current and future investigative and analytical journalism through technical assistance from John Jay College staff and the creation of a self-sustaining network among symposium participants. The goals of this project are to raise awareness of juvenile justice issues through quality media coverage, advance policy reform and improve the public debate through compelling stories and analysis from an informed media.
Child And Family Guidance Center Of Greater Bridgeport
Strategic Intervention for High Risk Youth (SIHRY) Program
To support a family mentoring and enrichment program for middle school youth 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, link families to local services, attend school and treatment planning meetings and take youth and families to cultural and recreational activities to enrich their lives. The goals of this program are to increase the social and decision-making skills of youth at high risk of delinquency and to help improve the relationship between parents and children.
The Children’s Center At The Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Bedford Hills, NY
The Teen Program
To support the Teen Program Coordinator and provide transportation for prison visits and enrichment 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 and provide recreation and counseling services. They conduct parenting classes for the mothers and help them stay connected with their children. In addition, staff and volunteers work to strengthen the relationship between the children’s caregivers and the mothers. This grant will enable the program to serve families in upstate communities, such as Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, as well as those from New York City.
Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic
New Haven, CT
Intensive Outpatient Services for Youth with Problem Sexual Behavior
To support the Juveniles Opting for Treatment to Learn Appropriate Behaviors (JOTLAB) therapeutic services for youth ages 8 to 18 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 trauma-informed 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 a specialized intensive outpatient program for males ages 13 to 18 with borderline intellectual functioning and an in-home service for youth with a history of problematic sexual behavior who may be on the path to juvenile delinquency.
New Haven, CT
Juvenile Review Board Mediation Program
To provide mediation services that engage juvenile offenders and their victims prior to the offenders’ appearance before the Juvenile Review Board (JRB). The JRB is a panel of community volunteers that reviews first-time or low-level delinquency cases referred by police or Probation as a diversion from court. Mediators meet with the youth and victim (or co-defendant) to allow both parties to share their stories and clarify issues. If an agreement is reached to resolve the conflict, the mediators present this information to the JRB for consideration in the case. Community Mediation documents the impact of mediation services on the outcome of JRB cases with the goal of inspiring replication of these services at other JRB sites around the state.
Manson Youth Institution Mediation Project
To administer a conflict management training program and reentry mediation services for New Haven youth incarcerated at the Manson Youth Institution (MYI), an adult prison for youth ages 14 to 20. Community Mediation staff provide overviews of mediation and training for MYI staff members so they can inform their clients of these services and make appropriate referrals. Focus groups and workshops were provided for youth to help them learn how to resolve conflicts and make a successful transition home. Voluntary mediation sessions are offered in the community to help youth resolve conflicts with family or community members. If successful in reducing violence in New Haven, the Connecticut Department of Correction has agreed to fund this project beginning in July 2012.
To provide general support, which enables the agency to continue its Juvenile Justice Outreach Program of performances and dance and drumming classes at state-funded juvenile residential facilities, including the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, the state’s secure facility for youth under age 17.
Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA)
To support CTJJA’s advocacy and communications efforts to promote juvenile justice reform in Connecticut. CTJJA’s priorities include successful, on-time implementation of a law returning 17 year olds to the juvenile justice system in July 2012; oversight of state policies and practices related to status offenders (i.e., runaways and truants), promotion of education reforms around school discipline policies and school-based arrests, reduction of racial disparity in the justice system and the celebration of CTJJA’s 10th anniversary, including a publication documenting the history of the Alliance.
Connecticut Legal Services (ClS)
Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STOPP) Project
To provide legal advice and representation in partnership with New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA) to children and youth who are suspended, expelled, pushed to drop out of school or transfer to adult education, or referred to Juvenile Court for disciplinary issues by Waterbury or New Haven schools. CLS and NHLAA 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 those youth involved with Juvenile Court on disciplinary matters related to their school issues and advocate statewide reform of zero tolerance policies and disparate treatment of students of color and youth with disabilities. CLS and NHLAA provide trainings for court, school community and police personnel, as well as parents, on students’ rights and what schools are required to provide them. They use their experiences to advocate reform of school disciplinary policies locally, as well as statewide.
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 experience with hands-on policy work in the areas of juvenile justice, foster care, mental health, and education. The fellow is given opportunities to testify before the Connecticut General Assembly, serve as lead author and media contact on a Voices report, speak at a public forum, propose and assist in the drafting of legislation, represent Voices at meetings with high-level administrators, legislators and other advocates, and interview experts and system-involved youth. The fellows are trained to be life-long advocates and leaders.
Correctional Association Of New York
New York, NY
$150,000 over 2 years
Juvenile Justice Project
To support advocacy efforts to improve the juvenile justice system in New York State by promoting diversion of youth from the adult criminal system and increasing community-based services to treat youth in their home communities. This project seeks to transform New York’s juvenile justice system from a punitive model into one grounded in positive youth development principles, to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, and to ensure that children are no longer housed in adult jails and prisons. The Correctional Association coordinates a statewide juvenile justice coalition and works collaboratively with other local, state-based, and national advocates to promote a coordinated reform message. New staff will be hired to lead this project.
The Council Of Churches Of Greater Bridgeport
Janus Center for Youth in Crisis
To provide short-term shelter, counseling, mediation, and other services to youth ages 11 to 17 at risk of involvement with the judicial or child welfare systems and their families. This respite and diversion program was created to evaluate and address the families’ needs and prevent larger problems, such as running away, homelessness or delinquency. Case managers link families to community services. The Janus Center also operates a 24-hour hotline and provides on-site crisis response services.
Creative Alternatives Of New York (CANY)
New York, NY
$100,000 over two years ($60,000 in the first year)
Learning Collaborative in Trauma-Focused Drama Therapy
To support the design and implementation of a training program in trauma-focused drama therapy for Connecticut-based agencies providing mental health services for children and their families. The program is based on the Learning Collaborative model. Clinical staff and a supervisor from each agency participate in training and skill-building sessions and are provided with on-going supervision by CANY staff and the Connecticut Center for Effective Practice of the Child Health & Development Institute. The Learning Collaborative model is supported by evidence of success through data collected by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is designed to enhance the skills of the participating organizations through this network of similarly trained clinicians around the state. CANY worked with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families to identify appropriate youth-serving agencies and will work with three new organizations in Year 2.
Dispute Settlement Center
Juvenile Court Mediation Program
To provide mediation services at five 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. The offender must take responsibility for the harm done and comply with the terms of the agreement or the case may be returned to court.
$500,000 (five year grant at $100,000/year)
The Trafigura Work & Learn Business Center
To provide a challenge grant in support of the expansion of the Trafigura Work & Learn Business Center, which offers disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 23 real work experience through participation in several youth businesses. The center opened in 2010 as a collaboration among Domus, the Trafigura Foundation and The WorkPlace Inc. Youth learn employment skills, such as workplace conduct, job search techniques, and keys to staying employed, as well as specific skills in bicycle repair, woodworking, small engine repair, and culinary arts. There are three 12-week cycles that run during the school year and one 6-week cycle in the summer. Participating youth earn a daily stipend. This grant will enable Domus to add at least one new business to serve additional youth.
FSG Social Impact Advisors
New York State Juvenile Justice Strategic Plan Implementation
To continue to staff and facilitate a statewide juvenile justice strategic planning and implementation process based on an aligned vision recently adopted by a team of key local and state policymakers. FSG facilitated the work of a cross-agency steering committee that evaluated system policies and practices and recommended reforms based on the vision statement. The goal is to improve outcomes for youth involved with or at risk of involvement with New York’s juvenile justice system as well as improved public safety. Results are greater alignment of agencies, greater coordination and cohesion of services, emphasis on data-informed policy decisions, and a new commitment to accountability among agencies.
Youth Business Center
To provide case management, clinical services, career exploration opportunities, and job-readiness and financial literacy training for youth ages 14 to 23 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 a marketable skill, how to fill out job applications and proper conduct on job interviews and in the workplace. Those who advance in the program are offered paid apprenticeships or employment.
Families In Crisis
To support a caseworker to provide parenting classes and individual and family 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 six months pre-release and three months post-discharge. While incarcerated, fathers who participate in the program are allowed contact visits with their children and the children’s mother, which is not allowed for other inmates.
Beacon Ex-Offender Mentoring Program
To support one-on-one and group mentoring by trained ex-offenders of youth ages 8 to 17 who are involved in or at risk of involvement with the justice system. The mentors are successful participants in Family ReEntry’s 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 once a week during or after school. Activities include homework help, field trips, counseling and recreation. Academic performance, employment and behavior (including justice involvement) of the youth are evaluated throughout their participation in the program.
Green Team Summer Program
To support selected Bridgeport high school students to participate in the summer component of this landscape maintenance training and environmental restoration program for high risk youth. The program aims to keep youth in school, advance their life and job-readiness skills, increase their knowledge of healthy living, and prepare them for employment in the horticultural and other fields. The paid summer internships are part of a two-year, school-based horticulture program that provides youth with teaching and service learning opportunities and hands-on experience through projects designed to enhance public spaces, including school and community vegetable gardens, a national park, and hiking trails. Students develop a strong work ethic and leadership skills and learn how to be a member of a team.
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 for youth include physical exams, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, immunizations, dispensation of medication, crisis intervention, counseling, weight management, and nutrition classes. This grant enables the health center to provide services free of charge for 25 hours a week, including before and after school. Approximately 1,000 student visits are documented annually. Staff also provides medical services to students’ babies cared for in the school-based nursery.
Jingles For Juveniles
New Haven, CT
Holiday Gifts for Children in Detention Centers
To purchase gifts for children who are detained during the holiday season at three state-operated juvenile detention centers and provide materials for other holiday celebrations throughout the year.
Juvenile Law Center (JLC)
$30,000 (second installment of a two-year, $60,000 grant)
Juvenile Life Without Parole Advocacy Project
To support advocacy and litigation that builds on recent success in limiting juvenile life without parole sentences. This grant enables the JLC to frame legal arguments for the field that will support new Eighth Amendment challenges to life without parole or extremely long sentences in felony murder and murder cases and transfers to the adult criminal system. JLC seeks to ensure that the criminal justice system is aligned with principles of adolescent development, honors human rights, and gives youth access to education, physical and behavioral health care and other supports they need to become productive adults.
Kids In Crisis (KIC)
Cos Cob, CT
To provide general support of shelter, crisis intervention and community-based services for and advocacy on behalf of youth up to age 18 facing family conflict, abandonment, abuse, neglect or court involvement. KIC has a 24-hour hotline, two residential facilities and community and school-based counseling services to serve youth in crisis and help reunite families.
NAMI of Connecticut
Keep the Promise Coalition Children’s Committee
To support this broad base of stakeholders in children’s mental health to work collaboratively to identify key public policy reforms to improve health, educational and behavioral outcomes for children with mental health issues. The coalition promotes a coordinated system of services among schools and the juvenile justice, primary care, and mental health systems. This grant supports the development of a policy agenda, creation of a communications plan, development and dissemination of children’s mental health policy resources, the planning of a school-based mental health summit with follow-up action steps and the identification and cultivation of legislative champions. The coalition seeks to educate family and community stakeholders and promote children’s mental health as a priority for Connecticut policymakers.
National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)
Fiscal Policy Center
To assist state-based juvenile justice advocates achieve mastery of their state budget processes and improve their communication and messaging abilities to increase the likelihood of successful policy reforms. The Fiscal Policy Center utilizes webinars, group in-person trainings, technical assistance, tool kits and web-based resources for NJJN members, making these state-specific as needed. The Center was created to ensure that positive reforms to the juvenile justice system are not erased due to budget constraints. It also provides the broader reform community with the data, research, program information, and communications tools to make the fiscal arguments needed to support justice reform.
New York Juvenile Justice Initiative
New York, NY
To provide general support for this coalition of foundations under the auspices of Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grantmakers. Foundation members meet regularly with policymakers, advocates, and service providers; do joint site visits and participate in conference calls and webinars to increase knowledge, network and occasionally co-fund projects that promote juvenile justice reform in New York. FJC of New York is the fiduciary for this grant.
Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mentoring Program for Children with Incarcerated Parents
To support a one-on-one mentoring program for children with an incarcerated parent. The goals of this mentoring program are to improve the children’s confidence level and academic performance, as well as prevent delinquent behavior. Mentors, who meet with the child at least six hours a month, receive training in child development and how to handle the unique challenges faced by children with an incarcerated parent.
Our Piece Of The Pie (OPP)
Pathways to Success Program
To provide academic, job-readiness and other 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 help youth create an individualized plan to achieve their goals 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. Youth also participate in OPP’s youth businesses, which include boat-building, graphic design, fine arts, and technology.
Public Allies Connecticut
To provide general support for leadership training and nonprofit work experience for young adults ages 18 to 30 through a 10-month apprenticeship. Allies 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 regions. The Public Allies program was designed to help train the next generation of nonprofit leaders.
Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP)
To provide general support, which will help RYASAP complete a business plan, strengthen its leadership team, offer technical assistance to local juvenile justice coalitions around the state, better assess the quality of its programs, create an integrated fund development and marketing strategy, and enhance its youth and parent advocacy and engagement efforts. RYASAP is the host of many local initiatives, including the Greater Bridgeport Juvenile Justice Task Force, the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance and Public Allies.
St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services/Hall-Brooke
Justice for Juveniles Behavioral Health Treatment Program
To provide mental health and family support services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues. The agency provides eight weeks of intensive outpatient counseling and case management followed by two years of aftercare on a graduated basis to monitor recidivism, hospitalization, school performance and compliance with aftercare plans, including referrals to other community services.
Waterbury Youth Service System (WYSS)
To provide life skills education and job-readiness training in organic gardening and the construction trades for high risk youth ages 13 to 18, some of whom are involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice system. Youth learn leadership, creative thinking and marketable skills through hands-on activities in the trades, including sheetrocking, plumbing, electrical work, woodworking and painting. In addition, they design and sell original products and invest profits into the program. The youth run a weekly Market Day at WYSS, seeking donations for the program in return for produce and herbs. They also get tutoring and participate in tech media and creative writing instruction.
Westchester And Rockland Mediation Centers Of Cluster
Restorative Justice Initiative
To facilitate group conferences where disputes between adolescent offenders and the victims of their crimes can be mediated and to help divert these cases, some of which involve weapons, from the court. Offenders must take responsibility for the harm done and make financial or other restitution, including a letter of apology or community service. This initiative also includes a Parent/Teen mediation program to help resolve family conflicts before they require court involvement, as well as a pilot project in Yonkers to use mediation with students returning to school from a suspension that resulted from an altercation.
New Haven, CT
Skills for Life Construction Program
To engage high-risk youth ages 16 to 21 in the construction of a house — from planning and design through completion — for a low-income family identified by Habitat for Humanity, a partner in this project. Youth participate in a six-week training that covers Habitat’s Homebuyers Education Program, architectural planning, finances and safety, then spend 7 to 12 months on the construction site where they learn how to use tools, read work plans, and undertake various trades. Case management, educational support, and job coaching continue for up to 12 months after program completion.
Youth Rights Media
New Haven, CT
Media Arts and Youth Organizing Programs
To engage high risk urban youth in media projects that help raise public awareness of issues impacting their lives and communities. In the Media Lab and Youth Organizing programs, youth learn to identify and analyze issues, develop technical skills and produce public service announcements and a documentary on topics of their choice to promote reforms in public policies and practices, particularly by schools, police and the justice system. The current focus is on gun violence in New Haven. The spring documentary is screened around the state, after which the young filmmakers take questions from the audience.
Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG)
To support the learning efforts and knowledge-sharing of this coalition of national and regional foundations. YTFG’s mission is to advocate reform of public systems to improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable young people ages 14 to 24 and help them become successful adults. Its workgroups focus on juvenile justice, foster care, workforce development, teen parents, and out-of-school and struggling students. YTFG’s report, Connected by 25: Effective Policy Solutions for Vulnerable Youth, informs grantmakers, public policymakers and strategic partners of the value of YTFG’s reform agenda.