Division for Youth

Division for Youth

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With a specific focus on coordination, accountability, capacity building, and strategic partnerships, Division for Youth works with key public, private, and community stakeholders to ensure that Hartford’s youth age nine to twenty-four have quality opportunities to develop the competencies critical to academic success and future self sufficiency.

We know that youth who are engaged and well supported, at home, school, and in their communities have a higher likelihood of future success.  Division for Youth is dedicated to ensuring that Hartford’s youth receive the supports they need to achieve their best.  With our many partners, we are working to build communities where all children feel safe, where all schools are portals to excellence in education and where youth have access to enriching and engaging after-school and summer activities.


 Stand for Youth!


Results Based Accountability


Division for Youth adopted as a work model the Results Based Accountability Framework (RBA) to define and implement the work of the division.  This design focuses on results based on a number of indicators to measure change at a program level and population level .  This approach to change has been adopted widely to improve qualitiy of life in communities, cities, counties, states governments as well as the private sector.


Youth Intervention 
Our Youth Intervention efforts are city-wide systemic initiatives to divert youth from the justice system and involvement in gun violence.  These programs provide specific supports and services for youth at significant risk to put them back on track for success in education and employment.  These initiatives are focused on a four part strategy:

  1. to reduce the incidence of individual and group violence on the streets
  2. to link youth who are immersed in a lifestyle of violence to resources and supports necessary to lead them to a more productive outcome
  3. to create a culture change in Hartford in the way youth, community members and professionals view and respond to incidents of violence
  4. to increase opportunities for workforce skills development through youth employment. 

Youth Development

Our youth development efforts include systemic initiatives that focus on programs for in-school youth to ensure academic success and engagement in school and community.  The focus of this work is to improving the quality of the out of school time services and resources available to youth and their families through the implementation 5210689-1600x2400rof a range of educational, enrichment, cultural, work preparedness and recreational programs.  

  • Peacebuilders
  • Juvenile Review Board
  • Summer Youth Employment and Learning Programs
  • Opportunity High School
  • Community Schools 
  • City Of Hartford Internship Program
  • Youth Service Bureau Programs
  • Summer Youth Employment and Learning Programs
  • Summer Enrichment

Accountability & Capacity Building

Division for Youth is committed to strengthening the accountability, coordination and responsiveness of the youth services system in Hartford.  We fulfill this goal through a range of professional training and technical assistance opportunities aimed at front line workers, middle managers, and executive directors.  These include conferences, professional training series and stand-alone trainings on topics identified by the provider community.  Division for Youth also uses a web-based data management system called Hartford Connects II powered by Efforts to Outcomes, to track information on all programs and initiatives funded through the office. 

  • Youth Development Practitioners Academy (YDPA )
  • Middle Management Training and CEY
  • Hartford Connects II

Systems Buildings & Key Partners 
Youth Services has developed partnerships that will be critical to overall systems reform in Hartford. Systems reforms include:

  • Hartford Public Schools – Youth Services Division partners with Hartford Public Schools around coordination of after-school and summer programming planning.  The office also partners with Hartford Public Schools on the development and implementation of Community SchoolsCommunity Schools are both a set of partnerships and places where services, supports, and opportunities lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.
  • Hartford Police – Youth Services Division has strong communication with the Hartford Police Department in order to effectively respond to violence affecting youth.  The Departments partner on the Peacebuilders initiative, a street intervention program aimed at youth involved in gun violence and on the Youth Police Initiative, a project that builds communication and understanding between police and the youth in the neighborhoods they work in.
  • Metro Hartford Information Services (MHIS) – Youth Services Division works closely with MHIS for technology systems building.  Hartford Connects II, powered by Efforts to Outcomes, is a web-based data management program being used by all Youth Services funded youth programs, and major city youth systems such as the Boys and Girls Club and Community Schools.
  • Hartford Health and Human Services Department –  Youth Services Division works with the Health and Human Services Department to collaborate on providing services to city youth.  This has included joint funding of youth programs, sharing of curricula and the provision of training and professional development opportunities for youth development staff.
  • Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) - Youth Services Division partners with CWP as the “resident experts” in youth workforce investment programming.  These programs work with a range of youth, both those who are in school and those who are out of school and at increased risk for involvement in negative activities.  Youth develop career skills and competencies by gaining early workforce exposure through various summer employment experiences and year round internships.  
  • Department of Children and Families and Court Support Services Division - Youth Services Division partners with these two state agencies to support youth at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.  One of these programs is the Juvenile Review Board (JRB), a diversionary mechanism for a first time offender that uses a model of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) as an alternative to involvement in the court system.



Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation
3rd Floor, City Hall, 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
PHONE: (860)757-9595      FAX: (860) 722-6036      HOURS: 8AM - 5PM