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New Britain Youth Network

City-Wide Networks

The American Savings Foundation supports the work of collaborations, coalitions and networks that are coming together to address the needs of youth on a city-wide scale, including the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth; and Waterbury Bridge to Success.   We strongly encourage the youth programs that we fund to participate in and benefit from the collective work of these networks. 

The Coalition for New Britain's Youth

The Coalition for New Britain’s Youth (Coalition) is a city-wide collaborative committed to improving the lives of New Britain’s children and youth, from birth through age 24, and working to ensure they have what they need to succeed in all areas of life.  Its members include parents, educators, government officials, health agencies, social service agencies and youth programs. The Coalition was formed with the merger of four networks that were working to address a wide range of issues to improve outcomes for youth, including:

  • The New Britain Youth Network
  • The Coalition for New Britain’s Children (previously the Discovery Initiative)
  • The New Britain School Readiness Council
  • The Commission on Health and Wellness. 

The Coalition is committed to a data-driven approach to develop and implement strategies, align efforts and monitor progress.   The Coalition has shown significant success in addressing the issues of chronic absenteeism (link to NY Times article) and summer learning loss  (NB Herald article) through collaborative efforts and innovative partnerships.  

Waterbury Bridge to Success

Waterbury Bridge to Success (BTS) Community Partnership is the state’s first cradle to career youth initiative.  BTS partners work together to empower youth, and promote these key focus areas assure that Waterbury’s youth succeed in school, work and life: 

  • Early literacy
  • Positive mental health, healthy nutrition & physical activity
  • Post-secondary and career preparedness
  • Parent and caregiver skills

BTS engages families and 89 public and private organizations to develop new approaches, share resources, and work collaboratively.   The collaboration has committed to three key measures of effectiveness:  kindergarten readiness scores, third grade reading scores, and high school graduation rates.  By working together, the BTS partners are more effective in achieving the common goal that Waterbury’s youth succeed in school, work and life.