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The Adolescent Program at the Consultation Center provides training, technical assistance, consultation and program development to youth-serving organizations and youth workers. Included in Adolescent Programs are the Youth Development Training and Resource Center (YDTRC), and other consultation, training, and youth development projects in schools and community-based organizations in Greater New Haven and throughout the state.

Our Team:
Deborah Stewart, B.A., Director of the Youth Development Training & Resource Center
Janis Celone, Sr. Administrative Assistant
Ingrid Colon, B.S., Program Assistant
Paige Nelson, MAR, Project Coordinator, Drug Free Communities

Community-Based Prevention and Youth Development: The Adolescent Program's community-based services provide programs based on the youth development framework, involving youth participants in meaningful roles in their schools and communities. Youth learn and practice skills that prepare them for healthy adulthood, taking part in planning and leading age-appropriate activities that allow them to explore and develop their abilities and identity. Working within communities such as Monterey Place of the Housing Authority of New Haven, our programs promote the development of  positive relationships, life skills and practical knowledge through a combination of community events, topical groups, and partnership with adults. Services include staff development training, program and curriculum development with a prevention focus, civic engagement projects, youth leadership training, and community collaboration, along with a range of trainings tailored to the needs of a community or organization.

Desired Outcome:

  • Involve young people in leadership activities in partnership with caring adults, empowering them to take a more active role in their community.
  • Provide targeted skill-building to foster healthy development and prevention of problem behaviors.
  • Promote youth-adult communication and partnership, in families and communities.
  • Increase community awareness of the assets, contributions, and needs of our youth.

School-Based Prevention and Youth Development: The Adolescent Program's School-Based Programs offer consultation, training, and program/curriculum development to serve the needs of students, educators, and family members. Programs are tailored to the need of a school community. Our specialties include  prevention curricula, transition to high school, life skills, the youth development framework, peer mediation, and parent-child communication.

Our Partners: Common Ground High School, Riverside Educational Academy, New Haven Adult Education, New Haven Public Schools, North Haven Public Schools, Beecher Road School, among others.

Consultation, Training, and Supervision: The Consultation Center Adolescent Program area provides programmatic consultation and technical assistance to schools, communities, funders, agency networks, and youth-serving agencies. Other services include staff development, topical workshops, and customized contractual services. Programs are supported through grants, or in a fee-for-service arrangement.