Established in 1985 and serving the Greater Bridgeport region, RYASAP (Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership) works to ensure the safe and healthy development of youth, young adults, and families by actively engaging organizations, public officials, and community leaders around issues that matter most to the community.
By creating a “neutral table,” community members bring energy and focus, allowing candid conversations to emerge and the catalyst for change to begin.
We pursue our vision by funding projects that offer transformative experiences to individuals and creating collaborative ventures in fields where we see opportunities for breakthroughs, reform, and benefits for underserved populations. Investments focus on the support of innovative programs and system reform in the areas of juvenile and criminal justice, groundbreaking medical research, higher education and cultural institutions.
The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. These efforts honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equity, economic well-being and fundamental fairness for all. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change.
Connecticut Youth Services Association (CYSA) leads, strengthens and supports a unified network of Youth Service Bureaus dedicated to promoting the well-being of Connecticut’s children, youth, and families.
The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) is not an administrator of programs. Rather, the OCA monitors and evaluates public and private agencies that are charged with the protection of children, and reviews state agency policies and procedures to ensure they protect children's rights and promote their best interest.
The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission “to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children” by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region.
Striving to ensure justice and a fair and unbiased system, the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services zealously promotes and protects the rights, liberty and dignity of all clients entrusted to us. We are committed to holistic representation that recognizes clients as individuals, fosters trust, and prevents unnecessary and wrongful conviction.
LifeBridge Community Services (LifeBridge) understands that people impacted by poverty are challenged by a range of complex social, economic, and health issues, and that their plight affects the quality of life and stability of our communities. We have learned that meaningful change requires sustained, multi-dimensional support tailored to the diverse and complex needs of our clients and their families.
FAVOR, Inc. (FAVOR) is a statewide family-led, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving educational and health outcomes for our children. FAVOR is the Connecticut state organization of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. FAVOR offers a single place for families with children who have medical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges to find information, assistance and training.
NAMI Connecticut provides support, education and advocacy for Connecticut’s citizens affected by mental illness. We envision a world where all persons affected in any way by mental health conditions experience the best possible quality of life and where mental health is accepted as an integral part of overall wellbeing.
True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met.
Community Partners in Action focuses on behavioral change and advocates for criminal justice reform.
Our employment, basic needs, reentry and recovery services work together to reduce recidivism, enhance public safety and inform policy – all at a fraction of the cost of prison.
The Alliance for Children's Mental Health (ACMH) seeks to ensure, through collective advocacy, that all children and youth have access to quality mental health services that are family-centered and culturally responsive.
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) exists because children, youth and families often need help to make positive changes in their lives.
CJR’s skilled and compassionate staff members help children, youth and families identify and utilize their strengths to meet challenges, resolve problems and relate to others in healthier, happier and more productive ways.
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 establishment of a sustainable and powerful voice for children.
We educate, empower and engage parents and community to improve quality of life for children with special needs and others at risk of education inequity or system involvement.
Fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children, the Center for Children’s Advocacy is the largest children’s legal rights organization in New England.
Our goal is to build stronger and more effective health and mental health systems that result in better outcomes for all children in Connecticut, especially the underserved.
The National Juvenile Justice Network leads a national movement of state-based juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to secure state, local and federal laws, policies and practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.
The Youth First Initiative works to end youth incarceration, close youth prisons, and invest in community-based programs, services and opportunities for youth.
Our country’s system of youth incarceration is unjust. We see urgency in this crisis and demand that ending youth incarceration becomes a national priority.