Citywide Youth Coalition
760 Chapel St
New Haven CT 06510-3104
Contact Information
Address 760 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06510-3104
Telephone (203) 464-7838 x
Fax 203-691-7606
E-mail addys@cwyc.org
Web and Social Media
All power to the future!
Mission
The mission of Citywide Youth Coalition is to build a courageous community in which all youth can succeed.

As a convener and organizer of youth serving organizations, professionals, community members, and youth, the structure of our work includes facilitating monthly coalition meetings for youth-serving providers, organizing work groups, moderating email-based discussion groups, sharing best practice information, disseminating information regarding research data, resources and funding; expanding social media presence about positive youth activities and events, attending key community meetings to represent youth and sector interests, hosting community events, managing collaborations,  and organizing/facilitating capacity building trainings for youth and adults that work with youth.
 
Our capacity building work with youth, and youth-led groups includes training youth on Undoing Racism and Youth Organizing 101, and Political Education. Citywide Youth Coalition also supports the work of are newly established Youth Advisory Board members in their organizing efforts including but not limited to hosting bi-monthly community Dinner and Dialogue events, recruiting and mobilizing young people, and organizing local protests and campaigns.  
 
This structure supports our vision: that the New Haven urban area hosts a true youth-serving system that effectively speaks with a unified voice when articulating youth needs and goals, fosters collaboration so that youth service providers reach all young people, and publicly acknowledges the positive value in youth voice and youth leaders, as well as the dedicated people who support their development.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
City Wide Youth Coalition
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Addys Maria Castillo
Board Chair Seth Poole
Board Chair Company Affiliation Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $157,452.00
Projected Expenses $138,902.00
Statements
Mission The mission of Citywide Youth Coalition is to build a courageous community in which all youth can succeed.

As a convener and organizer of youth serving organizations, professionals, community members, and youth, the structure of our work includes facilitating monthly coalition meetings for youth-serving providers, organizing work groups, moderating email-based discussion groups, sharing best practice information, disseminating information regarding research data, resources and funding; expanding social media presence about positive youth activities and events, attending key community meetings to represent youth and sector interests, hosting community events, managing collaborations,  and organizing/facilitating capacity building trainings for youth and adults that work with youth.
 
Our capacity building work with youth, and youth-led groups includes training youth on Undoing Racism and Youth Organizing 101, and Political Education. Citywide Youth Coalition also supports the work of are newly established Youth Advisory Board members in their organizing efforts including but not limited to hosting bi-monthly community Dinner and Dialogue events, recruiting and mobilizing young people, and organizing local protests and campaigns.  
 
This structure supports our vision: that the New Haven urban area hosts a true youth-serving system that effectively speaks with a unified voice when articulating youth needs and goals, fosters collaboration so that youth service providers reach all young people, and publicly acknowledges the positive value in youth voice and youth leaders, as well as the dedicated people who support their development.
Background

In 1976, the Mayor and staff of the City of New Haven met with leaders of youth-serving programs in New Haven to address concerns about how youth would fare during the idle summer months and increase the availability of summer programming.   After the initial meeting, leaders galvanized additional community-based organizations and organized weekly meetings to plan summer activities, expand playgrounds, run summer camp programs and urge for more funding for youth development. 

Through on-going organizing efforts, in the 1970s and 1980s, a free school breakfast program was started as well as a summer feeding program for youth, and funding for youth-serving programs to hire school buses for summer field trips.  Securing funds for summer jobs for youth was a huge accomplishment in New Haven. CWYC disseminated funds to youth-serving organizations to community-based organizations to employ youth.

In the 1990s and 2000s, CWYC focused on coalition-building activities.  In March 1992, Citywide Youth Coalition incorporated to secure youth services funds and support coalition-building within the community around the needs of youth.  In 1993, the Youth Development Training and Resource Center was founded in partnership with The Consultation Center and CWYC. In September 1994, CWYC was designated as a 501(c)3 private nonprofit corporation. CWYC has worked to expand the capacity of youth-serving organizations with training opportunities, networking and advocacy.

 
Starting in 2010, CWYC focused its efforts specifically on building youth success.  So, the coalition began to organize around building a community which supports positive youth development, and a strategic array of services, supports, and opportunities for youth.
 
Starting in 2015, the coalition expanded its focus on convening and supporting youth-serving adults, to include  opportunities to convene, support, and increase the capacities of young people with the aim of empowering them to lead change efforts in the New Haven region.
 
We have been engaging in monthly coalition meetings continuously at least since 1986; and have served as the key organizing body for the youth sector since inception in 1976. 
Impact

 

  • In 2016, Citywide Youth Coalition staff and Youth Advisory Board Members worked in partnership to develop and begin implementation of the Citywide Youth Coalition youth component, comprised of 3 tiered programs: Youth 'N Dialogue, Youth 'N Action, and Youth 'N Power. The team is continuing to develop the youth program model, specifically focusing on the 4th tier: Youth 'N Policy.
  • The Citywide Youth Coalition Youth Advisory Board, organized a Solidarity Rally and March following the election on November 8th, 2016. This rally gathered over 500 youth and adults from across the state on the New Haven Green for a rally of support and resistance against hate. The Youth Advisory Board will continue their organizing efforts in 2017, with a focus on equity in education.
  • The Citywide Youth Coalition Youth Advisory Board organized a campaign to support Aymir Holland, a youth currently facing 61 years for a crime he did not commit. Their efforts helped to raise over $5,330 for legal fees, gained 729 petition supporters to move his case to juvenile court, and prompted a bail support group to pay for Aymir's bail so that he could return home to his family for the duration of his case.
  • Youth Citywide Youth Coalition Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with local youth-serving individuals, has hosted bi-monthly Dinner and Dialogue community meetings at the New Haven Free Public Library Downtown branch aimed at informing the community and creating a liberated space where intergenerational exchanges can occur. Since we began running these events during the Summer of 2016, we have engaged over 150 youth and adults in meaningful exchanges of thoughts and ideas to improve outcomes in the community In 2017, we are working on using these events to not only educate young people in the community on issues that impact them, but also to recruit and engage them as official members of the Citywide Youth Coalition.
  • In 2016 CWYC in partnership with Baobab Tree Studios to create the Young People's Media Project (Undefined Visions Production Company; UVP). Inspired by the work of Youth Rights Media, UVP is a digital media program aimed at training young people in the art of video/film production that applies a social justice/activism lens. In its first year of inception, the program is working with 9 youth over the a 12-month period.

 

Needs
  1. Citywide Youth Coalition needs annual income stream of $250,000/year at a minimum to maintain core staffing functions which will include the development of a leadership component for youth with stipend leadership opportunities.  www.cwyc.org/donate
  2. We need members at the individual, organization and strategic partnership level to share the coalition's mission and advocacy.  www.cwyc.org/join
  3. We need college and graduate-level student interns in journalism and community organizing to expand the coalition.
  4. We need event volunteers, especially young leaders, to co-design our community events to ensure we provide powerful opportunities for young people and adults to share discussions and decision-making.
  5. We need project volunteers, who are interested in: advocacy, community building, or generating positive media and images with young people in our community.
CEO Statement
******* Citywide Youth Coalition is unique in New Haven, and in the State of Connecticut.  We are the longest operating network of youth-serving and supporting organizations.  When I first joined the Board of Directors in February 2015, I was extremely excited to be a part of a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving outcomes for youth. My interest in joining the organization came from their commitment to engaging in policy advocacy. When I was presented with the opportunity to lead the organization I did so under the guise that youth organizing and supporting youth led activism would be at the center of our work. 
 
Since assuming the role of Executive Director, the CWYC has evolved into more that a convener and organizer of youth serving organizations and professionals. We have become synonymous with youth voice and youth led social change. I am very proud of the work that CWYC supports and even more inspired by the commitment of youth and adults to including young people in decision-making roles and leadership opportunities at all levels.  
 
The future of our city is predicated on the success of our youth and at CWYC we believe that we have what it takes to build a courageous community where ALL youth can succeed! I hope you will join us! 
Board Chair Statement Citywide Youth Coalition prides itself on our ability to partner with community based organizations. Our monthly meetings are brainstorming sessions with our partners and stakeholders about ways to amplify the youth voice to ensure that they are represented in the decision making processes. The Coalition aims to have a direct impact on New Haven youth and the issues that they deem are of importance to them.
Seth Poole
Board President
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Alliances & Advocacy
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Professional Societies & Associations
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas Served
New Haven
East Haven
Hamden
West Haven
CWYC is committed to supporting urban young adults between the ages of 14-25 in the greater New Haven area including New Haven, West Haven, Hamden and East Haven. Of the roughly 55,000 school age children and youth in this area, 38% are living at poverty and low income levels.
Programs
Description Activities to support this broad activity group include utilizing Coalition members for training opportunities and developing new ideas and strategies, as well as managing our Google group listserv and generating regular e-newsletters.  Strategic conversations are held with Executive Directors of youth serving organizations as a group to build support for the sector and for the individuals involved. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Coalition members and partners engage youth in programmatic decision-making and support their participation in community-level decision-making and advocacy activities.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. There is a strategic array of services, supports, and opportunities available and co-designed by youth which help them to be successful. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Focus groups shall be conducted 1-2 times per year, during monthly coalition meetings.  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Good morning Rachel,

Just a quick thank you. I realized when I woke up this morning, that my life has been transformed and I am heading in the personal/professional direction of helping others.

Since Youth Summit 2012, I have joined Teach Our Children, Yale Psychiatric Advisory Council & Patient Experience Committees and Citywide PTO. Catherine from Inclusion teaming and I are having conversation of how we may be able to work together. These are volunteer positions that are helping me develop my evolving career shift; this is a long way from Wall Street.

Have a great weekend.

Megan Ifill
(used with permission)
Description Activities to support this broad activity group revolve around Coalition participation in community meetings, as well as conducting advocacy on youth issues through, for example, conversations with decision-makers. CWYC continues to support the youth Board of Education members, sits on the Violence Prevention Task Force, participates as a leader in New Haven's Promise Zone planning process, and serves as a partner in youth voting initiatives, debate tournaments, and community wide youth events. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Youth Commission members, Board of Education members, & Aldermanic committees take action to engage youth in decision-making. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. There is a strategic array of services, supports, and opportunities available and co-designed by youth which help them to be successful.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Timeline tracking of key meetings attended, partnerships formed, and/or issues-advocacy tracking shall form the basis of a timeline of successes.  
Description
  • Youth ‘N Dialogue: Also known as Dinner and Dialogue, this bi-monthly town hall series co-facilitated by youth advisory board leaders and youth-serving adults aims at informing the youth of the community on topics that impact them, while also creating a liberated space where intergenerational exchanges can occur. 
  • Youth 'N Action: Led by our Youth Advisory Board, the youth 'n action component is responsible for connecting youth across the city working on youth led campaigns for social change. Our youth organize themselves using CWYC resources to mobilize the community. CWYC staff also offer trainings to increase the capacity of youth involved at this level.
  • Youth’ N Power: CWYC staff appoint youth members who demonstrate commitment to creating change in their communities to join the CWYC Youth Advisory Board. These young people are the faces of CWYC who advocate on behalf of the initiatives decided by the youth advisory board. 
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
50% of youth coalition members will indicate higher levels of civic engagement as a result of participation in Youth 'N Dialogue and Youth 'N Action  
75% of youth advisory board members will indicate that they feel higher levels of self efficacy and self confidence as a result of participation in the youth 'n power program 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. For youth and youth-serving adults engaged as active coalition members over the course of a year, at least 70% will believe that youth are powerful change agents who can  influence systemic change in the New Haven urban region. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Attendance and Membership rates
 
Post-event participant evaluation surveys for Youth 'N Dialogue events.
 
Annual summer youth advisory board evaluation and strategic planning retreat 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

I have realized my calling early in life and have dedicated myself to that calling. I realized this calling by becoming involved in the CWYC, a nonprofit organization geared towards creating a safe and successful future for all youth. The CWYC has led me to become extremely involved in my community. It has taught me how to break glass ceilings; ceilings that would be there my whole life if I didn’t shatter them piece by piece. I’ve become a strategic organizer that fights for both policy change and a say in legislation. I’ve become a leader in my community who enables her fellow youth to fight, organize, and take initiative. It’s something I would love to spend my life doing.
- Cowiya Arouna, Youth Advisory Board Member

The Cwyc has been the platform that has brought me to where I am today. I wouldn't do the work I do if I wasn't guided by the amazing people at CWYC. They have showed me what true youth activism is and the power we hold. 
-Jeremy Cajigas, Youth Advisory Board Member

Description

CWYC along with youth and collaborative partners are committed to improving the lives of young people ages 16-24 in Greater New Haven who are disengaged or disconnected from school. This Collaborative is currently developing and implementing innovative and collaborative evidence-based solutions; including the design of a Youth Cooperative model offering individually tailored wrap-around services, opportunities for youth leadership development, with student centered education and employment opportunities. Through the Youth Cooperative model, youth will be offered immediate employment opportunities. This model will allow youth struggling with systemic barriers to meet their immediate financial needs to earn a wage while gaining financial literacy and focus on their educational goals. The Youth Cooperative will provide youth a pathway to success when they are currently facing barriers due to homelessness, young parenthood, anti-LGBTQ discrimination, immigration system, child welfare system, and juvenile/criminal justice systems. Inspired by the successful JUMA Ventures model, the Youth Cooperative will be a comprehensive , results-oriented program that empowers low-income youth to reach the American dream by earning wages, gaining financial literacy with a matched savings account, and obtain tutoring support for College Access.

Population Served At-Risk Populations / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments


 


CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Addys Maria Castillo
Term Start Sept 2015
Email Addys@cwyc.org
Experience

Addys Castillo is a juvenile/criminal justice practitioner with over 20 years of comprehensive experience as a public administrator working with our most vulnerable populations. Throughout her career, Addys has worked with numerous state agencies and non-profits including but not limited to LEAP (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership), State of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, Project Model Offender Reintegration Experience (MORE) Inc., The California Endowment and The Children’s Aid Society. Her passion for social justice and commitment to leadership led her to the Elm City Children and Families Fellowship with Annie E. Case/Casey Family Services and the National Urban Fellows program.

Through her involvement with Casey Family Services, Addys embraced Results Based Accountability (RBA) becoming an RBA Coach/Consultant assisting organizations in embedding the RBA framework as a tool to measure impact and program effectiveness. As National Urban Fellow, Addys worked at The California Endowment as a Subject Matter Expert in the areas Criminal/Juvenile Justice programing and Trauma Informed Care, providing insight and recommendations to further the work of the Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Initiative. In her formal role as Director of Youth Justice Services for the Children’s Aid Society, Addys was responsible for the administration and oversight of numerous programs working with New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), New York City’s Department of Probation (DOP) and Administration of Children Services (ACS).

Addys is most passionate about working towards creating sustainable systems reform that improve outcomes for children and build community trust. As the Executive Director of the Citywide Youth Coalition, Inc. in New Haven, CT she organizes and convenes youth, community members and youth serving organizations towards building a youth-led grassroots activism that will result in systems reform as it impacts young people’s ability to succeed.

Addys holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University; a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from the University of New Haven; along with a Masters of Public Administration from the City of New York Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs.

Co-CEO
N/A
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Rachel Heerema Dec 2008 - May 2015
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

Building relationships, partnerships and collaborations is central to the work and mission of CWYC including the City of New Haven Department of Youth Services, United Way Boost Initiative, New Haven Promise Roundtable, New Haven Collaborative, Local Interagency Service Team (LIST), Youth Development Training and Resource Center, New Haven Public Schools, CT After School Network, CT Association of Nonprofits and all our member and partner organizations. The CWYC staff serves on many community planning committees.

With all of these partnerships, it is critical that Citywide Youth Coalition serves as a clearinghouse for the many events and activities by entities that serve the non-profit sector broadly, and that serve aspects of the youth-service sector with a more specific focus. CWYC brokers these relationships. In all of our efforts, members and partners make the decisions about forward planning for the Coalition through monthly coalition meetings, surveys, event evaluations, and one-on-one conversations.

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits1992
Comments
CEO Comments
I am excited to have Board of Directors with such wealth of knowledge and experience. The CWYC Board of Directors is comprised of subject matter experts from various fields that include youth development, child protection, policy advocacy, education, and youth employment to name a few. Together, the BOD is a diverse group of dedicated community members committed to expanding the capacity of CWYC. The President of the Board, Seth Poole, is a New Haven native that has been involved with the CWYC since 2010. Under his vision CWYC has been a staunch supporter of youth voice and youth as decision-makers in city and state policy.
 
As we continue to recruit youth to be a part of the Board of Directors, we have been met with the special challenge of having outstanding young people that are also dedicated students. As such, we have lost three of our four youth members due to school scheduling conflicts. Moving forward, the BOD will recruit youth that can remain engaged with the Board for at least 2 years.
 Addys Castillo, Executive Director 
Board Chair
Seth Poole
Company Affiliation Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Markel Dennis AIG Insurance
Rosana Garcia Universal Health Care Foundation
William Johnson New Haven Public Schools
Dakibu Muley State of Connecticut Department of Children and Famlies
Victor Padilla
Roger Senserrich CT Association of Human Services
Melissa Thomas RULER
Tomi Veale City of New Haven
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Victor Padilla
Company Affiliation Yale Universtiy; Student
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email victordm@hotmail.com
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $157,452.00
Projected Expenses $138,902.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Strategic Plan2011View
Board of Directors Photos and Brief Bios2011View
Youth Arts Celebration event program2011View
Come Together Breakfast event program2011View
Letter to the Editor of the NH Register2011View
Annual Report2011View
Annual Report2010View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$47,387$91,272$86,762
Administration Expense$50,941$49,531$30,522
Fundraising Expense--$7,772$500
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.011.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses48%61%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%5%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$63,090$64,962$82,697
Current Assets$63,090$64,962$70,066
Long-Term Liabilities$30,000$24,527$43,750
Current Liabilities--$797$86
Total Net Assets$33,090$39,638$38,861
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam C. Graustein Memorial Fund $25,000William C. Graustein Memorial Fund $45,000William C. Graustein Memorial Fund $45,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--81.51814.72
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets48%38%53%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon.

 

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