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 203-555-1212
E-mail rachel@cwyc.org
Web and Social Media
All Youth Can Succeed
Mission
The mission of Citywide Youth Coalition is to build a courageous community in which all youth can succeed.

The structure of our work includes facilitating monthly coalition meetings, organizing work groups, moderating email-based discussion groups, sharing best practice information, events, 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, and hosting community events.  

This structure supports our vision: that the New Haven urban area hosts true youth-serving system that effectively speaks with one voice when articulating youth needs and goals, fosters collaboration so that we 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 Rachel Heerema
Board Chair Seth Poole
Board Chair Company Affiliation Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $138,025.00
Projected Expenses $137,933.00
Statements
Mission The mission of Citywide Youth Coalition is to build a courageous community in which all youth can succeed.

The structure of our work includes facilitating monthly coalition meetings, organizing work groups, moderating email-based discussion groups, sharing best practice information, events, 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, and hosting community events.  

This structure supports our vision: that the New Haven urban area hosts true youth-serving system that effectively speaks with one voice when articulating youth needs and goals, fosters collaboration so that we 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 reached out to additional community-based organizations and weekly meetings were organized to plan summer activities, expand playgrounds, run summer camp programs and urge for more funding for youth development. 

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 has focused our efforts specifically on building youth success.  So, our coalition is organized around building a community which supports positive youth development, and a strategic array of services, supports and opportunities for youth.
 
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 2012, the coalition members worked together to:
  • launched a Youth Summit, of over 150 young people and adults discussing the issues that concern them and planning solutions,
  • co-hosted a Come Together Breakfast with a youth panel and legislative updates discussing what’s needed to support youth success,
  • organized Youth in the News task force to generate positive news stories to tip the balance of coverage on youth issues in local media positively
  • engaged coalition members and young people in the Goffe Street Armory discussions on new youth spaces
In 2013, we are working to:
  • update the City Charter to require 2 student representatives to the New Haven Board of Education
  • expand the Youth Summit and provide more leadership development opportunities for young people within the day, and through planning activities
  • support the work of the Aldermanic Youth Services Committee to generate a strategic youth agenda.
Needs
  1. Citywide Youth Coalition needs annual income stream of $125,000/year at a minimum to maintain core staffing functions.  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 came on staff in 2009, I asked how long our monthly coalitions had been running & found out that we’d been meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m., since at least 1989.  Wow.  
 
The coalition, although small, holds the flame for positive youth development – not just what we want kids NOT to do (like drugs, or truancy, or pregnancy, etc.), but what is POSSIBLE: college graduation, leadership, passion, achievement, giving back.  
 
Individual members and coalition leaders have come and gone.  The events and committees have morphed over time.  What stays constant is the defining need and wish to come together and support our young people.  If Citywide Youth Coalition didn’t exist, we’d have to re-invent it.
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 youth 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.  
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.
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 Activities to support this broad activity group include hosting an annual Youth Summit and using social media to support and communicate leadership opportunities, youth decision-making, and 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
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. Surveys will be designed and conducted with youth annually at the Youth Summit about their experiences of leadership development & decision-making opportunities, as well as their satisfaction with the services, supports and opportunities available to them.
Program Comments
CEO Comments

As a member of the New Haven youth-serving community, I have firsthand experience of the benefits of CWYC. I came to New Haven in 2006, having worked in Hartford for six years.   At that time, I had no contacts in youth work here in New Haven.   I came to the Coalition, seeking connections and a network of like-minded professionals committed to making a difference for disadvantaged children and youth in New Haven.   As a result of the connections I made at monthly Coalition meetings and subcommittee, I not only significantly increased the number of long-term partnerships that my agency, Easter Seals Goodwill Industries had established, but I garnered more than $300,000 worth of private grants and state contracts that lead to increased resources benefiting New Haven youth and their families. 

Monique Turner, Board Member
 

What is great about the work of CWYC is that we are not trying to dictate the change within the community,  but rather working to engage all stakeholders together around what we can all agree upon: all youth in our community can succeed. Our shared decision-making takes longer, but including diverse peoples and opinions makes our work so powerful.

Rachel Heerema, Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director
Rachel Heerema
Term Start Dec 2008
Email rachel@cwyc.org
Experience Rachel Heerema is a seasoned executive director, and has 20 years of social services experience in anti-poverty work, homelessness, vocational services, mental health, childcare, HIV/AIDS, housing development, welfare, education with special populations, community planning and agency collaboration.  Rachel holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She has lived in the New Haven area since 1978. She served as executive director of Life Haven, a homeless shelter for families in New Haven, from 1998-2003.  She has served on numerous community boards, planning processes, collaborations, partnerships and volunteer efforts.  Rachel has a strong belief in the inherent dignity and equality of all people – children and youth included – and the community benefits of engaging diverse voices to solve long-standing problems and promote social justice.
Co-CEO
N/A
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
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 have been honored to be the Board Chair of Citywide Youth Coalition for the last three years.   Over this period of time and under the leadership of CWYC’s Executive Director, Rachel Heerema, the Coalition has significantly increased its community impact, outreach and visibility.   At the same time, the Executive Leadership team has worked aggressively to strengthen the internal operations of the organization. Accomplishments linked to CWYC’s internal organizational development include:
  • Strengthening the Coalition’s financial operations
  • Increasing the organization’s IT capacity including social media marketing opportunities
  • Onboarding a new Communication Specialist to improve agency partnerships, company branding and community outreach and engagement
  • Expanding and diversifying the Coalition’s funding base
  • Recruiting new board members who bring significant expertise and influence to expand the Coalition’s mission and vision
  • Securing a new office space at The Grove for co-working in downtown New Haven
  • Updating the agency by-laws and personnel policies
  • Completing three annual Board retreats focusing on board development

Monique Turner, Past President and current board member

Our recent strategic planning process was a great opportunity for a more formal and in depth set of discussions about our work. The process involved coalition discussions, surveys, focus groups, and stakeholder interviews to assess internal and external changes. We hosted a partners breakfast to communicate the plan, so coalition partners could see that their feedback was taken seriously and formed the framework for the final plan – as well as galvanize new action moving forward.
 
Rachel Heerema, Executive Director
Board Chair
Seth Poole
Company Affiliation Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2014
Email spoole76@gmail.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Carol Cangiano Realtor and Strategic Planning consultant
Melissa Canham-Clyne Clark Memorial Library, Bethany, CT
Orlando Cordero Attorney at Law
Megan Ifill Community Volunteer
Caprice Taylor-Mendez Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing
Melissa Thomas RULER
Kyisha Velazquez New Haven Family Alliance
Cynthia Watson Christian Community Action
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
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
CEO Comments

Unlike any other board I’ve served on, that of CWYC’s is comprised of a body of dedicated members whose personal ambitions are completely aligned with that of the organization – the success of kids. At every turn and in every meeting, that’s where our minds go first; holding each other accountable for only the optimal outcomes for New Haven youth.

Sherese Ward, Board Member
 
I am grateful to be a part of a small, yet powerful agency.   We are strong not only because of our Board but because of our members, our stakeholders, our friends and our cheerleaders who believe in the mission and vision of the Coalition and the impact that we make and can continue to make in our community.  Together, we will change the tide of what is happening with New Haven youth to be one where every child is successful and truly offered a host of opportunities that improve their quality of life and chances for happiness, good health and overall success.
Monique Turner, Board Member
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $138,025.00
Projected Expenses $137,933.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201320122011
Program Expense$86,762$95,012$104,773
Administration Expense$30,522$16,355$12,954
Fundraising Expense$500$1,397$3,351
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.921.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%84%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%3%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$82,697$48,254$62,233
Current Assets$70,066$48,254$62,233
Long-Term Liabilities$43,750----
Current Liabilities$86$21,000$26,250
Total Net Assets$38,861$27,254$35,983
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam C. Graustein Memorial Fund $45,000William C. Graustein Memorial Fund $52,500William C. Graustein Memorial Fund $50,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities814.722.302.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets53%0%0%
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.
Address 760 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 065103104
Primary Phone 203 464-7838
Contact Email rachel@cwyc.org
CEO/Executive Director Rachel Heerema
Board Chair Seth Poole
Board Chair Company Affiliation Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

 

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