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Reaching Out to Youth

A series of disturbing crimes by young adults in New Haven last year inspired a new program that puts outreach workers on the streets to...
by | August 5, 2007

A series of disturbing crimes by young adults in New Haven last year inspired a new program that puts outreach workers on the streets to help at-risk children and young adults. The Street Outreach Workers program sends counselors who may have criminal records and lack GEDs-but have turned their lives around-out to engage the most at-risk youth, which New Haven estimates at around 200. They develop relationships with these kids and guide them through the city's other social services and the educational system. The program is modeled after two successful programs in Providence, R.I., and Boston, and counselors from the Providence program are training New Haven workers. The city has partnered with the nonprofit New Haven Family Alliance to coordinate and manage the program, which is part of the mayor's youth initiative. To learn more, contact Tyrone Weston, supervisor of the Street Outreach Worker program, at 203-786-5970, ext. 316.

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