The Youth Stat Freshman Project seeks to service already identified Youth Stat disengaged 8th graders in their transition to high school, and over-age, under-credited freshman and repeating 9th graders. In its pilot years (2017-18 and 2018-19), the Youth Stat Freshman Project on will focus on the following schools: Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross, New Horizons, New Light, Riverside and High School in the Community. We intend to reach a minimum of 400 students over two years who will each receive at least one intervention, an individualized success plan and access to a network of services tailored to their personal needs.

The Freshmen Project aims to introduce 9th grade students to the following resources to aid in their success: 

Youth Stat Freshman Project Interventions

What is the Youth Stat Freshman Project?

  • Mentors consist of community members, educators and local college students who will dedicate 2 sessions per week per student.
  • Tutors will consist of community members, educators, and local college students who will dedicate time as needed to help students with their class work and help with any academic struggles.

The ALIVE Program

(Post Traumatic Stress Center)

  • ALIVE staff assess the urgency for intervention across key domains of functioning. This assessment is not intended to be a comprehensive or complete evaluation of the 7 domains (physical health, mental health, academic performance, housing, legal, financial and social), but rather a concise impression of possible severe problems that may or may have not been attended to, and which require referral to specialized services such as provided by other Youth Stat partners.

  • Rapid Access is an immediate intervention response service that is both culturally-specific and culturally-sensitive to the needs of New Haven Youth.  Rapid access provides more than just immediate crisis response; therapy services can be short-term or long-term and function to create a liaison relationship to help youth or their family access culturally appropriate services tailored to their level of need.



  • A group of highly committed therapeutic support staff, Veterans Empowering Teens Through Therapeutic Support™ (or VETTS™), participate in a unique program that matches youth who are highly at risk (gang involvement, legal problems, truant, or otherwise delinquent in the eyes of the community) and matches them with a U.S. Military-trained, honorably discharged Veteran, who serves the function of a committed positive role model


  • Rain of Hope will take on disengaged youth who have ambitions to work with kids or in the education system. They will be trained in social-emotional learning and strategies in order to maximize their effectiveness in mentoring and working with younger children in kindness, respect, communication, etc.

Enrichment Providers &

After School Programming

  • Various Community Partners will provide enrichment programing based on the interests on the enrolled youth. Programs included but are not limited to: Cosmetology, Boxing, Music Production, Art, HTML Coding, Basketball Leagues, Dance, Carpentry and Culinary

Basic Needs

  • Basic needs will be provided to those students who are in need. This includes, but is not limited to: Hygiene Baskets, Food, Furniture, Housing, Utility Bills, Medical, Clothing, Haircuts/Grooming, Transportation, and Computers/internet
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Rapid Access

Mental Health Assessments

VETTS Mentoring

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What Will Make the Youth Stat Freshmen Project Successful?

  • A collective team effort including consistent and open communication among the New Haven Board of Education, City of New Haven staff, social services agencies, mental health professionals, community partners, the participating schools and parents
  • Consistent implementation of protocol including input of student information and updates into VEOCI
  • Students receive supports and resources consistent with their individualized success plan
  • Increase in attendance of enrolled students
  • Increase in grade point average of enrolled students
  • Improvement in overall behavior and/or fewer incidents of justice involvement of enrolled students
  • Promotion to the 10th grade