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Learn more about the Connecticut Opportunity Project and its grantee partner organizations through media coverage below.

The price of a gunshot: Health impacts and the cost of violence on Latinos

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Gun violence suffered by Latinos in the U.S. has increased. Survivors often face a difficult road ahead that includes medical bills and accessing mental health resources. Read more about COMPASS Youth Collaborative Peacebuilder, Diego López's experience, and how he builds transformational relationships with young people in Hartford to help them down the right path toward education and future employment.

How a CT man rose from homelessness to leadership

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Joshua Brown reflects on the impact that Domus Kids had on his life trajectory, helping him to get on track and beat the odds. He now works with Domus to re-engage at-risk and disconnected young people by providing them with the skills and resources to be self-sufficient. Brown's life experience and commitment to young people in Stamford led to his recent appointment a co-chair of the CT Conference of Municipalities (CCM) 119,000 Commission to help the state reach the 1 in 5 young people at risk of dropping out of high school or those already out of school and out of work. Read to learn more about Joshua's story and what he is doing for young people in Stamford.

Connecticut’s young people on the state’s 'Unspoken Crisis'

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Co-CEO of Dalio Education, Andrew Ferguson, speaks on Connecticut Public Radio's show, "Disrupted," about Connecticut's Unspoken Crisis, the recent report showing that 1 in 5 young people in Connecticut are at-risk or disconnected from prosocial institutions. The second half of the broadcast includes interviews with young people in Connecticut who got back on track through partnerships with CTOP grantee partners, Domus and Our Piece of the Pie.

CT event raises $2.2 million. And no, it was not a political fundraiser.

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The "Love Hartford Benefit Dinner" raised money for the Hartford Youth Service Corps, a program that supports young people (ages 16-24) in Hartford who are disconnected from work and school. The initiative was started by Mayor Luke Bronin's office and administered by CTOP grantee, Our Piece of the Pie (OPP). The benefit's fundraising efforts will support OPP in supporting 500 youth next year in the Youth Service Corps.

Roca Celebrates Two Years In Operation With Progress Report, Panel Discussion

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Roca Young Mothers program recently expanded to Hartford, CT, seeking to address community violence by supporting women who get caught up in it. To mark its two-year anniversary, Roca issued a report summarizing its work and the women who have utilized its services, including a panel discussion of the organization's impact on the Hartford community. Read about Roca's impact on young women in the Capitol region.

Panelists: Young People Need More Support, And Earlier, But The Public Still Needs To Get Behind It

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Connecticut Conference of Municipalities gathered leaders in education, nonprofits, and business to discuss Connecticut's Unspoken Crisis, a quantitative research report, commissioned by Dalio Education, on disconnected youth in the state. Executive Directors, Ben Dubow and Marc Donald, from two CT Opportunity Project grantee partners, Forge City Works and RYASAP respectively, weighed in on the problem of disconnection and offered their perspectives on how to address it.

Op Ed: Dalio Report Should Spark a Bipartisan Conversation

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Watch the Connecticut Conference on Municipalities round tables discussing the findings of Connecticut's Unspoken Crisis, a quantitative research report on disconnected youth in the state, commissioned by Dalio Education. Representatives from Connecticut Opportunity Project grantee partners participated on the panels and highlighted their efforts to re-engage disconnected youth and offered their perspectives on what needs to be done to address this crisis.

Dalio report counts 63,000 'disconnected' CT youth in every city and town. Now what?

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A recent report by Boston Consulting Group, commissioned by Dalio Education, reveals that 63,000 young people in Connecticut are disconnected from work and/or school. Hear from a young person enrolled in Compass Youth Collaborative, a grantee partner of the CT Opportunity Project, explaining the impacts the program has had on his life trajectory after reconnecting him to the Hartford community.

A Hartford girl was shot to death. Activists, educators ask ‘why we can’t work together to protect our youth’

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In wake of teen’s shooting death, Hartford activists, educators say city needs to work together to end cycles of violence. Ayelet Chozick, director of organizational advancement at the Compass Youth Collaborative, agreed that teens and young adults in the city are overcoming lifetimes of fear and trauma caused by witnessing and hearing shootings and losing friends and family to gun violence.

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