Division for Youth

Division for Youth

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Youth

With a specific focus on coordination, accountability, capacity building, and strategic partnerships, the Division for Youth works with stakeholders to ensure that Hartford’s youth age nine to twenty-four have quality opportunities to develop the competencies critical to academic success and future self sufficiency.

We know that youth who are engaged and well supported, at home, school, and in their communities have a higher likelihood of future success.  Division for Youth is dedicated to ensuring that Hartford’s youth receive the supports they need to achieve their best.  With our many partners, we are working to build communities where all children feel safe, where all schools are portals to excellence in education and where youth have access to enriching and engaging after-school and summer activities.

Stand for Youth!

Programs

    • Hartford Partnership for Student Success/ Community Schools
      The Hartford Partnership for Student Success (HPSS) is a partnership among Hartford Public Schools, the City of Hartford, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut to support the continued development of Hartford Community Schools, as well as continue to explore opportunities to expand and increase high-quality out-of-school time programs.
    • Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative
      Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative is chaired by the Mayor of Hartford and made up of leaders in education, youth development, and workforce development committed to addressing the needs of Opportunity Youth. This collective impact effort will help these youths obtain their high school diploma, continue their education, and find employment.
    • Juvenile Review Board
      The JRB represents an effort to divert juvenile offenders from the formal justice system. Generally, JRBs are community-based, tailored to the communities they serve, and reflective of the population that resides in that community. The JRB incorporates a Balanced and Restorative Justice approach, which balances the needs of the offender, the victim, and the community. The JRB provides juvenile offenders, who admit their guilt, an opportunity to avoid going to Juvenile Court by being part of a process where they face the victim harmed, their parent(s)/guardian, a group of volunteer community members, and law enforcement officials. Through a mediated process, the JRB focuses on assisting the juvenile offender to: a) understand how their behavior harmed the victim and the community; 2) acknowledge that their behavior was directly harmful to others; and 3) take responsibility to repair the harm, through either direct or indirect action on the part of the offender. Additionally, the JRB provides support and assistance to youths to develop the competencies that will enable them to affect necessary changes in their behavior to avoid re-offending in the future.
    • COMPASS Peacebuilders
      Peacebuilders work on a street level to quell violence, prevent retaliation and help youth and families process grief in the immediate aftermath of an incident and connect them with additional services and supports.
    • Hartford Youth Service Corps 
      In response to Hartford’s youth unemployment crisis, Mayor Bronin partnered with community stakeholders to provide hundreds of Hartford’s young people, including at risk youth, with part-time, yearlong employment doing valuable community service projects.
    • Youth Service Bureau
       Local communities began to develop youth service bureaus in the 1960's as a response to a growing number of issues affecting youth. The role of Youth Service Bureaus (YSBs) has been broadened to include both advocacy and coordination of a comprehensive service delivery system for youth.

 

Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation
3rd Floor, City Hall, 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
PHONE: (860)757-9595      FAX: (860) 722-6036      HOURS: 8AM - 5PM