Nurture Children & Youth

Youth And Children

On the whole, Greater New Haven is a place of great opportunity for children and youth. The proportion of youth disconnectedness — that is, teenagers who are not in school and not working at a job — is one of the lowest in the United States. Most adults in the Greater New Haven region say that youth have the positive role models they need. About half say that the opportunities for children to succeed will be better than those they have had, suggesting a slightly higher level of intergenerational economic mobility than the nation as a whole.


Yet, challenges persist within the City of New Haven’s low income neighborhood areas, where youth are twice as likely to not participate in after-school activities, and adults are about twice as likely to say that youth lack positive role models. Since youth disconnectedness is associated with unemployment and youth violence, this is a significant concern in our region.

More recent data has been compiled in the Greater New Haven Community Index 2016 and Valley Community Index: Understanding the Valley Region. 

See what local nonprofits are doing to nurture children and youth in our region:

Our mission is to celebrate and empower young Latinas by providing inspirational role models and introducing powerful life skills for personal excellence   The Latina A.R.M.Y. (TLA) strives to provide young Latinas and all girls with hands-on forms of self expression and resources to help them cope with problems...
Music Haven empowers and connects young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance by our resident musicians in the heart of New Haven, giving all kids a chance to play.
To inform and empower women and girls to address issues affecting their health, education, financial, and social well-being.
New HYTEs (New Haven Youth Tennis and Education) mission is to enrich the lives and positively affect the futures of New Haven's economically disadvantaged youth through a program that incorporates life skills curriculum and academic supports, and promotes both character building and the health benefits of participation in at...
ARC programs show students how to use what they're learning in the real world.Our intent is to provide K-12 students a heightened appreciation of how architecture and design relate to the world around them and to empower them with 21st-century skills and a problem-solving framework that can be applied in every aspect...
Farnam Neighborhood House is a "home away from home" providing a continuum of safe, affordable, enriching family-focused programs, services, and activities for low income children (ages 3 - 18) and their families to nurture and educate young children, promote positive youth development, and strengthen families and the communi...
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.   Scout Oath  On my honor, I will do my best To do m...
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club has been a major resource in the New Haven community for over a century. Young people have relied upon the opportunities and resources offered by the Club to help them succeed in school,...
The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc. exists to facilitate healthy, productive, independent and meaningful lives for individuals with disabilities, and children, adolescents, and families.
To provide, in a safe environment, programs that inspire, educate, guide, and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
The Valley Y is a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. Our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on yout...
The Mission Statement of Gesell Institute is to promote the principles of child development as the basis for all decision making for young children.
To strengthen our community by educating, supporting, and empowering individuals and families.
Christian Community Action (CCA) is an ecumenical social service organization that expresses faithful witness by providing help, housing and hope to those who are poor in New Haven.
Youth Continuum prevents and addresses youth homelessness
Calvin Hill Day Care Center, Incorporated and its Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten is a private, non-profit educational preschool and kindergarten program whose aim is to serve as a support for families, working in partnership with parents to help meet the emotional, social, physical, language, literacy and intellectual needs of their chil...
The Consultation Center seeks to promote health, wellness, and positive social change and to prevent individual and social problems and inequities.  It does so by partnering with community stakeholders to: develop, implement, and evaluate community-based programs; train and consult to health and human service professionals, agenci...
The mission of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center is "Saving Lives by Passionately Caring for Children, Families, and Community."
Our mission is to work with families to ensure that they are safe and nurturing places where children can succeed. Our vision is a world of healthy families, where children grow up to be confident and caring adults and contributing members of their community.  
The West Haven Child Development Center believes that the family unit is the strongest influence in the life of the young child. Our program is designed to support the family by providing the child with a warm, secure, and educationally stimulating environment. These needs are met by the use of qualified staff specially trained in early care ...
Our mission is to respond to the need of the Latino Community by assisting them to succeed in the U.S. society, and to enable Latinos to maintain and share their rich varied cultures with the broader community.
The Foundation of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce receives and administers gifts, grants and contributions and assists local and state government leaders in community development programs. 
New Haven Ballet's mission is to demonstrate and use the power of dance to change the life of every person in the community through education, performance, physical exercise, artistic aspiration, personal development, and social interaction to the fullest of their potential. 
SONCCA is a state-licensed, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing quality, school-based, before-school, after-school and summer programs for the elementary- and middle-school-aged children and youth of working parents in the towns of Seymour and Oxford.
The mission of the Children in Placement, Inc. is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive. 
The Amity Teen Center mission is to (1) provide a creative outlet for teens through music and art, (2) offer after school programs to stimulate creativity, enhance self esteem, and develop social and educational skills, and (3) present multicultural programs to foster appreciation of our increasingly diverse community, (4) develop awareness o...
To foster family well-being by strengthening parents' ability to provide healthy nurturing environments for their children and by providing supports for children and youth so that they thrive emotionally, socially, academically and spiritually.
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 d...
 Student Parenting and Family Services' (SPFS) mission is to help teenage parents remain in school and achieve academically and to support the emotional, cognitive, social and physical development of members of adolescent families. SPFS works to accomplish this mission by achieving the following goals: 1)  ...
The School for Ethical Education (SEE) recognizes the need for an increased focus on ethical behavior within human interactions. We also affirm the contribution of sound ethical reasoning in the advancement of ethical behavior. To promote our vision, SEE provides classes and seminars to educators, parents, student leaders and community member...
Connecticut Voices for Children's mission is to promote the well-being of all of Connecticut's children and families by identifying and advocating for strategic public investments and wise public policies. Connecticut Voices advances its mission through high quality research and analysis, policy development, strategic communications and establis...
'r kids Family Center enjoys a unique niche in the New Haven nonprofit community: permanency for children.  'r kids contends that every child is entitled to a nurturing and permanent family as a right and not a privilege. Our mission is to provide highly specialized, high quality services to children and families in ...
The Children's Community Programs of Connecticut, Inc. is a private, non-profit, multi-service agency that provides diverse and creative support services to children and families throughout Connecticut to ensure that "Every Child Counts."
The Children's Center of Hamden is a private nonprofit multi-service Agency dedicated to providing quality treatment and education in a safe, nurturing environment for children and families in the least restrictive setting. Our Board of Directors values the contributions of its diverse workforce and monitors the management of Agency resourc...
Solar Youth's mission is to empower youth from New Haven's low-income neighborhoods to achieve lifelong success. Through programs that connect youth to the environment, their communities and each other, youth build skills and motivations necessary to be positive contributors to their community, have healthy relationships, be phys...
ARTE Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Latino art, culture and education. The mission of Arte's Inc., founded in 2004, is to develop and promote Latino art, culture and education and connect people. Arte exposes Latinos and non-Latinos to the richness and diversity of Latino cultures and art. Arte b...
The Diaper Bank's Mission Statement is threefold in scope: to ensure that all families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers; to raise community awareness that "basic human needs" include diapers but that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty; and to advocate for pol...
Squash Haven's mission is to enrich the educational and life opportunities for New Haven young people through long term, individualized, and intensive academic support and enrichment, squash instruction, service, and college placement and support. The key to Squash Haven's success is our multi-faceted approach of year-round i...
LEAP's mission is to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who create and implement year-round, community-based programming designed to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for children and youth living in high-poverty urban neighborhoods who might otherwise be limited by the geography of their birth: neighborhood...
Women & Family Life Center empowers women and their families to face challenges and transitions in their lives with grace and dignity. 
The MISSION of Pequeñas Ligas Hispanas de New Haven, Inc. is to blend the athletic development of children with their academic, artistic, cultural and social growth.  Second MISSION statement:   Pequeñas Ligas Hispanas de New Haven, Inc. is dedicated to the athletic, artistic, educational, social, cultur...
JUNTA's mission is to provide services, programs and advocacy that improve the social, political and economic conditions of the Latino community in Greater New Haven while nurturing and promoting its cultural traditions as it builds bridges with other communities. JUNTA serves and advocates for all vulnerable populations including low-income,&nb...
Our mission is to enhance employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
Shepherds' mission is to decrease the achievement gap and increase the high school graduation rate in Connecticut's inner cities. We do this by providing youth who are at-risk - academically, financially and emotionally - with a quality, college preparatory high school education and the introduction of a positive role model, a Mentor, who fi...
The mission of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y welcomes all - no matter religion, age, gender or socio-economic status and makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn,...
Covenant to Care for Children channels the generosity of caring and faithful people to advocate for, and provide direct assistance to Connecticut's children who are neglected, abused and/or impoverished.
The Connecticut Yankee Council carries out the mission of the Boy Scouts of America in every community in our Council by providing leadership opportunities for all youth through quality programs, mentoring from trained adult volunteers and ongoing learning  and personal development through outdoor experiences.  
New Haven Youth Soccer's goal is to promote and advance youth soccer in New Haven, as well as to create a place where children from diverse backgrounds and economic situations can play together. We provide a place for boys and girls in kindergarten through high school to learn the game of soccer and to have fun. It is a developmental soccer prog...
The Center for Children's Advocacy's mission is to improve the child welfare, juvenile justice, health and education systems' responsiveness to the needs of children who are resource-poor, by providing legal representation and legal rights training.  
Our mission is to change the lives of under-represented college bound students and Empower, Encourage, and Equip them to obtain a post-secondary education. 
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experie...
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration.    A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing...
Motivated by Christ's social teachings and respect for the richness of diversity, Catholic Charities exists to promote the dignity, self sufficiency and human potential of those in need.
New Haven Healthy Start is a program that helps pregnant women and mothers deliver healthy and happy babies. Its primary goal is to reduce the infant mortality and morbidity rate in the City of New Haven, Connecticut.   Another goal is to eliminate ethnic and racial disparities in birth outcomes. New...
The mission of Shelton High School Robotics Team is to promote life long learning for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills through participating in FIRST competitions and inspiring team members to be better leaders by gaining creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, gracious professionalism, com...
Our mission is to protect poor children in family court and advocate for systemic changes to the adversarial system and other policies that advance the well-being of children involved in family transitions. Through our programs and services, we strive to create safe, stable environments for children whose parents are in chronic confli...
The mission of Channel 3 Kids Camp is to provide fun year round-opportunities to children of all abilities, families, & communities through educational & recreational programs that promote diversity, acceptance and environmental appreciation.  
We're 2.7 million strong—1.9 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Geor...
The Soundview Family YMCA is a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on you...
The Hamden/North Haven Y is a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on yout...
The New Haven YMCA Youth Center is a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. Our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focu...
The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social respons...
Elm City Internationals (ECI) is a mentoring program that uses soccer as the catalyst to provide low-income students in New Haven (mostly immigrants and refugees) who thrive on the soccer field but require extra academic assistance with the mentoring, tutoring and extra academic enrichment needed to succeed academically.  ECI is des...
College Summit transforms the lives of youth from low-income communities by connecting them to college and career success.
JASON Learning connects students with life-long, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences enriched with mentors and role models to foster long-term academic and career success.
Our mission is to improve the lives of children by enriching their cognitive, developmental and educational growth through creative free-play and imagination building all within a fun, safe and sustainable environment.
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in a diverse urban setting with a diverse student body where we create a culture of acceptance, pride, respect and excellence.