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:

 New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.
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 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 athletics through tennis.
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 mission of Neighborhood Music School is: Creating community, sparking potential and sharing joy through the arts.  Core Belief: We believe in the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. Core Value...
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
ALIVE's vision is to create schools that support open conversations about the truth in our students' lives, and thereby liberate their energies and spirits for the important work of learning. By attending to students' stresses before they break down with symptoms and negative behaviors,
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...
Derby Day Care Center's mission is to provide a safe, healthy, positive, loving learning experience for both children and families where children will continue to grow into self-sufficiency and parents will have the opportunity to work or participate in job training programs.
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...
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, Connecticut's State CASA program, is to support and promote volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) so that every child in Connecticut can live free from abuse & neglect, have a safe & permanent home, and have the opportunity to truly 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.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-servi...
 Student Parenting and Family Services' (SPFS) mission is to help adolescent 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) &nb...
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 works to ensure that all of the children in our state have a meaningful opportunity to develop to their full potential, regardless of race, family income or life circumstance. We advance this mission by advocating for wise public policies and strategic public investments. Working across issue areas, from early ...
'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 mission of Read to Grow is to promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their babies' first teachers.We operate with two programs: Books for Babies and Books for Kids, and have given more than 1.5 million free children's books in our 17 ...
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...
Long Wharf Theatre's mission is to create theatre of the highest quality that inspires reflection and discourse about each of us and the world in which we live.
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...
The mission of the Fresh Air Fund is to provide outdoor camping experiences for underprivileged children in Greater New Haven.
Boys & Girls Village (BGV) serves children and families in at-risk situations by strengthening their ability to succeed in life.
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...
For 26 years, Women & Family Life Center has been the first open door for women or families to face challenge, change or crisis in a safe place. The Center provides crisis referral services, divorce and financial education programs, new mom support groups, free legal assistance, in addition to wellness programs like yoga, a ...
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...
The organization helps as many children as possible with scholarship awards to attend undergraduate school.
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...
At Junior Achievement, we give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our business volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that teach students from kindergarten through high school the basics of financial literacy, workforce ...
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 provides legal representation and advocacy for the poorest, most at-risk children and teens in Connecticut. Our work is difficult and it is critical: abuse and neglect, racial justice, educational inequities, youth homelessness, access to medical and mental health care. We have offices in Connecticut's...
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. 
Established in 1919, 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 relev...
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...
New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support program designed to promote college education as an aspiration for all New Haven Public School students.New Haven Promise's mission is to build a culture in the public schools in which students aspire to attend and graduate from college; to provide financial support for those students; a...
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 impoverished 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 chroni...
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.  
Providing hope and healing for grieving children/teens and their families, and training for the professionals who work with them.
The mission of Casa Otoñal is to create a community which functions as an extended family by providing an array of housing, social, cultural and educational services with a focus on strengthening the Latino community. Casa Otoñal, Inc. does this through its housing services for the el...
Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  We leverage two extraordinary forces to improve early literacy and educational outcomes:  the power of parents and the influenc...
Bill Strickland built the Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) in Pittsburg on the philosophy that “Every human being, despite the circumstances of his or her birth, is born full of potential, and that the way to unlock that potential is to place individuals in a nurturing environment and expose them to the kind of stimulating and ...
We are Girl Scouts of Connecticut. We're more than 47,000 members strong – nearly 32,000 girls and over 15,000 adults – who believe that every girl can change the world. We're part of a sisterhood of 2.6 million strong around the globe—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adu...
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...
The mission of the Social Communication Foundation is to meet the 21 Century need to improve communications between socially challenged people and socially skilled people and to reduce the likelihood of bullying in the environments where they learn, live, and work. We know that bright people with social communic...
108 Monkeys is a movement of yoga service leaders promoting a culture of justice and peace, through yoga.
Elm City Internationals (ECI) uses soccer to engage low-income youth (mostly immigrant and refugees) with academic enrichment, college counseling and mentoring services. The end goal is for all of our students to attend and graduate from college.
The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
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.
"Opening New Haven's Waterfront for Adventure, Discovery and Growth" -- The Canal Dock Boathouse (CDBi) currently offers small, recreational, indoor & outdoor rowing programs in New Haven, providing access to the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers, and New Haven Harbor, including free programs to public school kids. Other boating, like kayaking...
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.
MissionArts in CT brings the love of all things creative to Connecticut communities. Through innovative partnerships, Arts in CT contributes to personal, professional, and community development by designing and nurturing opportunities for individuals, groups and artists to engage together in cr...
Project Youth Court Diversion Program envisions the deterrence of negative juvenile behavior by redirecting our youth to behave in a positive manner and therefore becoming an asset to our community. Youth Court strives to promote feelings of self-esteem and desire for self-improvement, and foster a healthy attitude toward rules and ...
The Branford Early Childhood Collaborative is committed to ensuring that all Branford children and families are afforded the opportunity to develop a sound foundation for learning in the critical early years.
Start The Outreach Promise (sTOP) is a nonprofit organization of maximum exposure.  sTOP creates a safe and loving environment for disenfranchised, less fortunate youth: through mentoring, tutoring/homework help, field trips, food security, and real world experiences.  We unite today's youth by empowering them with the knowledge ...
The mission of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation (U.S. Grant) program is to provide high-quality, supplementary education to, and develop educational opportunities for motivated and promising students from New Haven.