Tow Youth Justice Institute
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven CT 06516
Contact Information
Address 300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516-
Telephone (203) 932-7361 x
Fax 203-931-6003
E-mail TowYouth@newhaven.edu
Web and Social Media
Mission

The University of New Haven is a student-centered comprehensive university with an emphasis on excellence in liberal arts and professional education. UNH's mission is to prepare students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in a global society by providing the highest quality education. The Tow Youth Justice Institute is an Academic Center of the University founded in 2014. Its mission is to lead the way in juvenile justice reform through collaborative planning and policy development, training, research and advocacy efforts. It was designed to support and sustain major youth justice reform efforts now underway in the State of Connecticut by promoting the effective practices, programs and policies related to youth justice, focusing on the needs of youth up to the age of 24 and to increase the use of evidence-based practices in the field. The Institute draws upon the intellectual and other resources of the University to fulfill its mission. Its presence within the University will facilitate interdepartmental collaboration on academic, research, and community service projects and programs. Our vision is for a state in which youth serving agencies are consistently using best practices to create positive opportunities so that our children, families and communities are safe, healthy and resourceful environments. We believe that only through cross-system collaboration and transparency can we achieve true system reform; that critical discourse is imperative to hold systems accountable for change; that authentic engagement and voice is needed from youth, their families and the community to raise awareness of the issues related to reforming the juvenile justice system; that long-term commitment is required from all stakeholders and funders to sustain and grow our vision; that intentional reliance on research is key to defining reform; and that youth and families, with appropriate supports and interventions, have the ability to recover and change.

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Police/Youth Relations Training Program

A critical point of intersection for youth and contact with the juvenile justice system is their interaction with police. Long rooted biases have hindered the ability of police to consider alternatives to arrest, and of youth to see police as anything other than adversarial. Much has been learned about the developmental phase called adolescence and its “risk-taking”, anti-authority behaviors, and from neuroscience about the maturing of the adolescent brain. Moreover, research now exists documenting the effectiveness of diversionary and restorative justice practices in terms of better public safety outcomes and police/youth relations. While there is a state statute requiring 16 hours of training for law enforcement, we believe that the Police/Youth Relations Leadership Training will provide the tools needed to promote strategic changes in police/youth relations resulting in greater community safety and more productive young people.

Long-term success will be identified as technical assistance and coaching are provided for the implementation of their Capstone Projects. The evaluation will look for 1) Demonstration of capstone project’s integration of principles from education sessions; 2) Ability to develop strategy and anticipate roadblocks; and 3) Development of milestones/measurements for implementation.

Six and 12-month follow-up assessments will be done with individual participants looking for 1) Progress on implementation of Capstone project; 2) Participants’ perception of utility of education sessions at 6- and 12-month perspective; 3) Use of resources provided by the training; 4) Use of cohort of participants as source of support and 5) Changes in perception of police/youth issues. Agency impact will be assessed through interviews with the Agency Chief and identifying changes in 1) Juvenile arrest data; 2) Partnerships with Youth Serving Community Based Organizations; 3) Other JJ stakeholders; and 4) Agency policies.

The evaluation plan will seek to evaluate at least three key questions: 1) Is a “top down” approach based on significant investment in law enforcement leadership key to facilitating changes in law enforcement officers and agency treatment of youth and can it be measured in changed outcomes for youth including reduced use of arrests and reduced disproportionate minority contact; 2) Does the capstone project, in which law enforcement leaders are coached to articulate a vision and for working with youth and implement a strategic plan, are key to capitalizing on the impacts of the educational component of the Institute; and 3) Does the availability of a strong cohort of law enforcement leaders (e.g., who have learned the value of developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, racially equitable approaches to working with youth) promote law enforcement leaders to pursue strategies they might have otherwise been unwilling to consider?

 
 
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2020
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2014
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director William H. Carbone
Board Chair William L. Bucknall Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Former Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Organization, United Technologies Corp.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The University of New Haven is a student-centered comprehensive university with an emphasis on excellence in liberal arts and professional education. UNH's mission is to prepare students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in a global society by providing the highest quality education. The Tow Youth Justice Institute is an Academic Center of the University founded in 2014. Its mission is to lead the way in juvenile justice reform through collaborative planning and policy development, training, research and advocacy efforts. It was designed to support and sustain major youth justice reform efforts now underway in the State of Connecticut by promoting the effective practices, programs and policies related to youth justice, focusing on the needs of youth up to the age of 24 and to increase the use of evidence-based practices in the field. The Institute draws upon the intellectual and other resources of the University to fulfill its mission. Its presence within the University will facilitate interdepartmental collaboration on academic, research, and community service projects and programs. Our vision is for a state in which youth serving agencies are consistently using best practices to create positive opportunities so that our children, families and communities are safe, healthy and resourceful environments. We believe that only through cross-system collaboration and transparency can we achieve true system reform; that critical discourse is imperative to hold systems accountable for change; that authentic engagement and voice is needed from youth, their families and the community to raise awareness of the issues related to reforming the juvenile justice system; that long-term commitment is required from all stakeholders and funders to sustain and grow our vision; that intentional reliance on research is key to defining reform; and that youth and families, with appropriate supports and interventions, have the ability to recover and change.

Background

The University of New Haven was founded in 1920. Within its colleges and schools, the University offers a wide range of innovative and interdisciplinary programs that prepare students for jobs of the future. There are more than 100 academic programs to choose from, all grounded in a longstanding commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based learning. The Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) was created in the fall of 2014 thanks to the generous support of The Tow Foundation, whose many years of investment in juvenile justice improvements have had a significant impact in Connecticut and beyond. Relying on the expertise and knowledge on this topic that existed in the Henry C. Lee College at the University of New Haven, the Foundation became instrumental in shaping the direction of the Institute as a force for sustaining and building on the many reforms achieved in the state in the past decade. Alongside the establishment of the Institute, the State of Connecticut legislatively created the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (JJPOC) to oversee the juvenile justice system and needed reforms. The Institute was contracted with the State to staff the activities of the JJPOC. TYJI is the only one of its kind in Connecticut, and among only a few in the country, serving as the model developed in New York and the one being developed in Massachusetts. TYJI is uniquely positioned through its role staffing the JJPOC, access to research and data through the University of New Haven, and various projects and programs that provide training and education to those involved in the youth justice field, to be a force for reform. Its primary activities include staffing the JJPOC, providing youth justice training, serving as a knowledge base and advocate for issues affecting the juvenile justice system, and engaging student through cutting edge curriculum, on campus activities and internships. After its first four years of operations, TYJI has supported effective practices in juvenile justice that have benefited children and families and enabled our faculty and students to engage in meaningful work that has built knowledge and impactful learning experiences. It has just completed a three-year strategic plan for 2019 – 2021.

Impact

The Transforming Youth Justice Leadership Development Program has graduated 45 leaders in its first 3 cohorts. As agents of change, graduates have opportunities to participate in Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee workgroups and subgroups; nominate and recommend colleagues for new cohorts; review candidate applications as members of the selection committee; conduct peer reviews of presentations; encourage colleagues and mentees to apply, provide a letter of recommendation for a prospective member, and suggest new resources for speakers or facilitating a session of the Program. Many graduates have been promoted and have made significant changes in their organization’s practices. One graduate focused her Capstone, “Juvenile Residential Services LGBTQI Policy Reform,” on addressing existing policies within Connecticut’s two detention facilities. The Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee has now submitted four years of recommendations and overseen five years of legislation. The state closed its only correctional facility for Juvenile offenders in April of 2018; the population in detention centers has been reduced more than 50% due to new admission criteria; status offenders are being completely removed from the juvenile justice system and redirected to social services. Through Raise the Age legislation and various diversionary strategies, the incarceration rate in Connecticut is among the lowest of any other state in the country. The Restorative Justice Practices Project established in the fall of 2016 through a partnership with the Child Health and Development Institute under their School-Based Diversion Initiative, began training, coaching and providing technical assistance to support school staff in implementing Restorative Practices. In 2018, the Tow Youth Justice Institute/University of New Haven submitted an application to the OJJDP for the Non-participating state cooperative agreement. We were approved and implementation begins in 2019.

Needs

As the Institute has grown, several areas have revealed a need for expansion of funding and resources. In all areas of TYJI’s work, collaboration with the Henry C. Lee College and the University of New Haven resources are critical for continued success, however resources beyond that support are needed 1) To continue an annual 15 member Cohort of the Transforming Youth Justice Leadership Development Program which has an annual cost of $75,000, 2) To support the expansion of the Restorative Justice Practices Project. Currently we provide training through the CHDI School-based Diversion Initiative to school systems in CT. Additional resources are needed to provide technical assistance and training to other organizations and systems, 3) To support implementation of a Police Leadership Training program under development, 4) To provide resources for new research opportunities on evidenced-based practices in juvenile justice as they are developed and evaluated, and 5) To provide ongoing operational support.

CEO Statement

The Tow Youth Justice Institute is a change maker in the State of Connecticut. As we designed the Institute in 2014, we did not imagine the breadth of the impact we would make for our youth. The original goals for the Institute have been met and exceeded. Having served as the Executive Director of Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch for 40 years. It is so gratifying to be part of this cutting edge work at the University of New Haven.

After three years, the Tow Youth Justice Institute has become a force for good. A model for other states to follow. A nationally recognized institute utilizing best practices to achieve its goals and strategies. And we have a talented team of professionals passionate about youth justice and making positive changes to the juvenile justice system in Connecticut.

We have just completed a new three-year Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2021 - Elevating Youth Justice Reform in Connecticut. We have set some aggressive goals that will continue to have significant impact in our state. Our new vision and values will be a guide for how we accomplish our goals and objectives for the next three years. As a team, we are excited about our progress so far and where we are headed. As we expanded staff, we incorporated their fresh thinking and ideas. Our new goals for 2019 – 2021 not only reflect the expansion and deepening of our original goals but also new areas of focus that will significantly contribute to Connecticut’s reforms and raise the awareness of issues that contribute to them.

We look forward to working with all stakeholders aligned in the same mission of youth justice reform. We are grateful for the significant investment of the University of New Haven and our funding partners.

William H. Carbone, Executive Director

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Higher Education
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
State wide

TYJI is a statewide Institute. The leadership program’s initial 2016 leadership cohort members were selected from the 20 towns of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The 2017 cohort also served the 20 town region, but extended beyond the regional borders to reach individuals across the state that were dedicated to youth justice reform. A third cohort of 15 began in March 2018, with cohort members from the greater New Haven, Fairfield County, Hartford, and greater Waterbury areas.

 

Programs
Description

The Transforming Youth Justice: A Leadership Development Program is designed to promote, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based practices, programs, and policies related to youth justice, focusing on youth up to the age of 21. The TYJI Leadership Program is a critical initiative of the Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) that aims to support present and future leaders through a nine month experiential leadership development experience. Cohort groups are limited to 16 diverse individuals representing all aspects of the community and the youth justice system in Connecticut. Selected cohort members enhance their leadership skills and knowledge of juvenile justice reform strategies in order to advise policy-makers on best practices, become resources in organizations and communities, and assure that youth make a healthy transition into adulthood. This group leadership experience combines interactive classroom instruction and small group discussion followed by coaching and peer support during collective “capstone” projects.


Population Served Adults / At-Risk Populations / Children and Youth (0 - 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.

Goals:

  1. To build the capacity of present and future leaders as agents of change in transforming youth justice from a community response paradigm,
  2. To advance leadership development skills and knowledge of best practices in reform, organizational and community change, and enhance self-awareness, and
  3. To be a resource to the organizations, communities, and systems serving youth through an ongoing network of dedicated, trained leaders.

Objective 1: Increased participant knowledge and understanding of juvenile justice reform issues and best practices.

Objective 2: Increased abilities for participants to act as agents of change in their own agencies, programs or networks, and to transform policies, procedures, systemic approaches, legislation and actions to better serve youth.

Objective 3: Increased use of personal and professional leadership skills among participants to further reforms, organizational or community level change, and increased self-awareness of leadership style and effective leadership strategies.

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.

Three high priority areas are critical for maintaining the momentum on youth justice, for solidifying leadership at state and local levels, and for positioning Connecticut and the Institute to serve as a national model for reform.

· Youth Justice Reform

Issues include "cross-over" youth in both child welfare and juvenile justice systems, police training about adolescents, exemplary diversion programs, liaison between school and police, responses to mental health needs, reentry in a supportive community, and mediation to reduce conflict and racial tensions.

· Leadership – personal and professional and abilities to promote positive change at community, organizational and statewide system levels, leading to transformational leadership that is “focused on creating a system of self-sustaining change by facilitating a shared vision, recognizing diverse perspectives, and inspiring others to be part of change efforts.” (2014, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, p 32)

· Core Skills, including communications, consensus-building, outreach and access to key leaders, research on innovative and evidence-based program practices, and increased youth and family engagement to improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Evaluation methods include the following range and type of feedback mechanisms:
1. Pre-Post Surveys
2. Leadership Goal and Action Steps (per person)
3. Session evaluations (9 monthly sessions)
4. Final leadership cohort evaluation (summary for 16 member cohort)
5. Capstone Projects (summary of priority projects selected by group)
 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

100% of the cohort participants will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current juvenile justice reform issues and best practices for juvenile justice.

95 % of participants will demonstrate increased ability and commitment to act as agents of change in agencies, programs or networks through completion of a capstone project. Capstone projects may include implications for transforming policies, procedures, systemic approaches, legislation and/or community actions to better serve youth and families.

95% of participants will demonstrate enhanced personal and professional leadership skills pertaining to systemic reforms, organizational or community level change, and increased self-awareness on leadership styles and effective strategies.

The emphasis will be on learning how to develop new and unique collaborations with entities such as public housing, schools, religious organizations, and affinity groups with a consistent emphasis on strengthening cultural competencies.

Description In collaboration with university students and faculty, several research projects are currently in progress. Through the legislative mandate state in Public Act 14-217, several studies are underway to inform the work of the Juvenile Justice Policy Oversight Committee. To make these studies possible, data was provided from the Judicial Branch’s Court Support Services Division (CSSD), the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) that provides insight to services received and outcomes for youth who were justice-involved from 2005 to 2015. Additional projects include a video review examining use of restraint in state-run facilities and interviews with youth to better understand how they perceived the conditions of their confinement, particularly when discipline is used. Beyond the work mandated by legislation, the TYJI research team has also complete a survey of truancy intervention models used in the United States, as well as a content analysis of truancy and chronic absenteeism definitions. Also, course catalogs from the largest Criminal Justice programs throughout the United States were examined to determine how common it is for universities to offer multiple classes on youth justice topics.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / At-Risk Populations /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description The Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) has established an initiative to advance Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) in youth justice reform in CT. This community-based approach is an essential framework for supporting youth development and offering guidance for providers, youth and families in a model proven effective to resolve conflicts and restore relationships. TYJI collaborates with CT stakeholders to bring training, technical assistance, conferences, programming and events to support the implementation of RJP along the continuum of youth services. Applications of RJP are successfully improving school climate and discipline as a diversionary tactic against the school-to-prison pipeline, addressing behavioral health needs and social-emotional connections, as well as meeting the treatment needs of youth in juvenile justice systems of community supervision, delinquency commitment, and re-entry.  This work is being done in collaboration with the Children’s Health and Development Institute (CHDI) and the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI).  
Population Served Victims / 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 Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments

In Connecticut, through its landmark legislation, a successful "raise the age" campaign and aggressive reforms, many juvenile justice issues have significantly improved. Connecticut now has the lowest rate of incarcerated youth in the nation, however, more work must be done. Most importantly, there is a need to identify the means to sustain the progress.

The juvenile justice system across the country remains deeply flawed with over-reliance on confinement, insufficient or ineffective services for offenders and families, is racially imbalanced and is connected to an inherent school-to-prison pipeline. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, despite a 41% drop in the rate of youth in confinement between 2001 and 2011, youth of color continue to be held in formal supervision and state facilities at much higher rates than white youth.

Connecticut continues in a positive direction and we will find ways to sustain the significant improvements. The vision and generous support of the Tow Foundation working in tandem with the extensive experience in criminal justice at the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College, are creating such an opportunity. No other organization in the state or the New England region are dedicated to youth justice issues based on a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, research-driven model.

The Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) represents a unique opportunity to establish a research-based institute that can support and sustain youth justice reform efforts in the state and the northeast. We will:

- keep a focus on the critical issues in youth justice,

- improve knowledge and diverse leadership capacity in public agencies and nonprofit organizations and local communities, and

- foster academic research to inform best-practices

Through the “Transforming Youth Justice: A Leadership Development Program,” the Institute will encourage present and future leaders to guide and expand the youth justice reform efforts and insure on-going system and culture change toward a justice system that will truly provide opportunities for children and families. The Institute, focused on youth up to the age of 21, is a model for sustaining progressive reform and demonstrating how alternative approaches can be institutionalized. We realize that the success of establishing an effective and vibrant institute relies on engagement of a broad range of stakeholders from government, the community and academia.

Above statement by William H. Carbone, Executive Director, TYJI
CEO/Executive Director
William H. Carbone
Term Start July 2014
Email wcarbone@newhaven.edu
Experience

Mr. William Carbone, Senior Lecturer and Director of Experiential Education at HCLC, and Director for the Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI), has recently retired from many years of distinguished service to the State of Connecticut. He became Director of the Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) in 2014, given his extensive experience within the field of juvenile justice.

Mr. Carbone was formerly the Executive Director of the Court Support Services Division (CSSD) in the Connecticut Judicial Branch. He directed and managed over 1,600 employees involved with adult and juvenile probation, family services, juvenile detention, alternative sanctions, and pretrial release. The division was also responsible for a network of private, community based nonprofits that provide services to over 10,000 adult and 1,000 juvenile clients daily. During his time in this position Mr. Carbone was involved as a leader in all of the major juvenile justice reforms accomplished in Connecticut. These included: the reduction in youth incarceration by more than 70%, the largest decrease in the nation; the removal of all status offenders from detention; raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18; the creation of a continuum of evidence-based programs that have resulted in significant recidivism reduction; and new efforts that have reduced school based arrests. Prior to this he served as Under Secretary of the Management and Justice Planning Division of the State Office of Policy and Management.


Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 21
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director of Youth Justice Initiatives
Experience/Biography

Erika Nowakowski, has a Master’s degree from the University of CT School of Social Work with a focus on Policy and Planning. She is currently the Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives with the Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) at the University of New Haven, and is working with the CT Juvenile Justice Policy Oversight Committee in fostering and sustaining youth justice reform efforts. Prior to arriving at TYJI she worked for 8 ½ years for the State of CT Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division as a project manager for several statewide initiatives, Quality Assurance, implementation and ongoing adherence to Gender Responsive Services, contract compliance, and training coordination. She also worked for 4 years with the Council on Accreditation in New York City and provided Technical Assistance to private nonprofit and state agencies seeking accreditation. She also worked with Wheeler Clinic for 3 years in various roles as a case manager with the Emergency Mobile Psychiatric services, managing and coordinating system of care community efforts, and later developing and implementing best practices for recruitment of foster parents.

Title Director of Development and Communications
Experience/Biography

Donna Pfrommer joined the Tow Youth Justice Institute team as the Director of Development and Communications. She has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, most recently, ten years at United Way of Coastal Fairfield County focused on resource development, communications, and brand management. At United Way, she raised millions of dollars for community investment, developed marketing campaigns, expanded the organization’s presence, and enhanced communications. Pfrommer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.

Title Executive Director, Tow Youth Justice Institute
Title Director, Research
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

The Tow Youth Justice Institute since its inception in 2014 has exemplified a collaborative initiative. This cooperative effort came through longstanding partnerships involving the University of New Haven and the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tow Foundation, and the State of Connecticut. The Institute embraced stakeholders from state agencies, nonprofits, state and community leaders, police and education, public sector funders, community foundation leaders, and advocacy groups and coalitions. The Institute has convened legislators, policy makers, juvenile justice staff and youth system advocates to hear from respected researchers and reform leaders from states, universities and national justice entities at several TYJI forums on child welfare, restorative justice, police-community relations, data collection, system accountability, and best practices for youth and families. Other project collaborators include the Transforming Youth Justice A Leadership Development Program partners, Advisory Council members, Student Clubs, faculty, Restorative Justice Practices partners, and community and private foundations.

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
"Best for VETS" AwardMilitary Magazine2016
One of 381 Best CollegesPrinceton Review Guidebook2017
Recognition for College of Business (top 5% worldwide)Business School Rankings2016
Comments
CEO Comments

The Tow Youth Justice Institute is a change maker in the State of Connecticut. As we designed the Institute in 2014, we did not imagine the breadth of the impact we would make for our youth. The original goals for the Institute have been met and exceeded. Having served as the Executive Director of Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch for 40 years. It is so gratifying to be part of this cutting edge work at the University of New Haven.

After three years, the Tow Youth Justice Institute has become a force for good. A model for other states to follow. A nationally recognized institute utilizing best practices to achieve its goals and strategies. And we have a talented team of professionals passionate about youth justice and making positive changes to the juvenile justice system in Connecticut.

We have just completed a new three-year Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2021 - Elevating Youth Justice Reform in Connecticut. We have set some aggressive goals that will continue to have significant impact in our state. Our new vision and values will be a guide for how we accomplish our goals and objectives for the next three years. As a team, we are excited about our progress so far and where we are headed. As we expanded staff, we incorporated their fresh thinking and ideas. Our new goals for 2019 – 2021 not only reflect the expansion and deepening of our original goals but also new areas of focus that will significantly contribute to Connecticut’s reforms and raise the awareness of issues that contribute to them.

We look forward to working with all stakeholders aligned in the same mission of youth justice reform. We are grateful for the significant investment of the University of New Haven and our funding partners.

William H. Carbone, Executive Director

Board Chair
William L. Bucknall Jr.
Company Affiliation Retired, Former Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Organization, United Technologies Corp.
Term July 2018 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Charles E. PompeaRetired, Former President & CEO, Primary Steel, Inc.
Michael AmbroseSkiorsky
Marc BenhuriBenhuri Center for Laser Dentistry
Samuel S. Bergami Jr.Alinabal, Inc.
Kenneth W. BiemacherKane Russell Coleman and Logan, PC
Cecilia K. CarterPepsiCo
Oni K. Chukwuetouches
Roger J CooperRetired, International Banking Executive
John DeStefano Jr.Start Bank
Eileen EderArtist and Professor
Dolores EnnicoOlin Corporation
John J. FalconiGE Technology Infrastructure
Lawrence P. FlanaganAARP Services, Inc.
Rosa M. Gatti RetiredESPN
Michael GianoniBlackbaud
Jeffery P. HazellBar Harbor Lobster Co., Inc.
Janet J JensenFounder, Human Investments
Robert M. LeeThe Lee Company
Allen LoveTD Bank
Dennis R. McGough RetiredOlin Corporation
Kevin A. MyattYale-New Haven Health
David J. Peterson Jr.Media Online
Michael J. QuielloUnited Airlines
Ernest F. SchaubEnPro Industries, Inc.
Anthony ScilliaMarcum LLP
Stephen P. TagliatelaSaybrook Poiint Inn and Spa
Rowena TrackVice President of Digital Marketing, Cigna Corporation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 28 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 28
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Byron KennedyCity of New Haven Health Department
Pamela AllenNew Haven Reentry Roundtable
Alexis BivensFairfield County’s Community Foundation
Mendi Blue-PacaFairfield County’s Community Foundation
William H CarboneUniversity of New Haven Tow Youth Justice Institute
Christina CiociolaCommunity Foundation for Greater New Haven
Dr. Alice ForresterClifford Beers Child Clinic
Janeen FreemanFairfield County's Community Foundation
Dr. Mario GabouryUniversity of New Haven Henry C. Lee College for Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Reverend Bonita GrubbsChristian Community Action
Sarah Healy Eagan JDState of Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate
Judith McBrideHartford Foundation for Public Giving
Dr. Judith MeyersChild Health and Development Institute of CT
Christoper M O'ConnorYale New Haven Health
Frances PadillaUniversal Health Care Foundation
Donna PfrommerUniversity of New Haven Tow Youth Justice Institute
Marc SchindlerJustice Policy Institute
Emily Tow-JacksonTow Foundation
Sandra TrevinoYale Center for Clinical Research
Mark WhiteJuvenile Justice State of New York
Eileen WisemanTow Foundation
CEO Comments

The Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) operates under the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, at the University of New Haven.  Dean Mario Gaboury is well recognized for his visionary leadership of the Henry C. Lee College, and his initiative to create the Tow Youth Justice Institute within the University of New Haven. In close collaboration with the Tow Foundation, state level leaders, and multiple funders, the Tow Youth Justice Institute is exerting leadership through academic course offerings combined with experiential placements, legislative reform recommendations emanating from the Juvenile Justice Policy Oversight Committee (JJPOC), community leadership development cohorts, and training on restorative justice practices with educators and community practitioners.

 

The Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) established an Advisory Council in April, 2017. Advisory Council members represent state and local, public and private sector leaders within Connecticut that are committed to youth justice reform and best practices for juvenile justice based on research studies and evaluation findings. These individuals provide significant input into the future plans for the Institute, and help establish the strategic partnerships necessary for ongoing sustainability of the Institute's mission as a leader in youth justice reform.

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30 2019
Projected Revenue $1,732,869.00
Projected Expenses $1,732,869.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
2019 - 2021 Tow Youth Justice Institute Strategic Plan - Elevating Youth Justice Reform in CT2019View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$275,910,964$259,741,555$258,411,144
Total Expenses$249,572,038$239,091,119$239,091,119
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$351,341,759$310,697,992$310,697,992
Current Assets$85,193,577$49,556,803$49,556,803
Long-Term Liabilities$123,137,104$133,623,562$133,623,562
Current Liabilities$45,336,304$30,597,962$30,597,962
Total Net Assets$182,868,351$146,476,468$146,476,468
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Tuition & Fees $196,900,583 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Residence & Dining $36,941,972 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Interest Income & Other $5,332,742 --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
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Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
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The Tow Youth Justice Institute operates under the 501c3 of the University of New Haven. The 990s and audits contained in this profile are those for the University. The previous three years of financial information in the profile is specific to the University. 

Address 300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516
Primary Phone 203 932-7361
Contact Email TowYouth@newhaven.edu
CEO/Executive Director William H. Carbone
Board Chair William L. Bucknall Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Former Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Organization, United Technologies Corp.

 

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