We are creating a courageous community where ALL YOUTH can Succeed.


Citywide Youth Coalition, Inc. is a network of over 500 youth-serving staff, community stakeholders and individuals in the New Haven urban region. We work together to build a courageous community in which all youth can succeed.

CWYC has been organizing within the New Haven urban community since 1976, hosting monthly coalition meetings since 1986, and incorporating in 1992.  All of our work is done in partnership with youth and adults in the community.

Back in the summer of 1976, thanks to the tenacity of local youth-serving professionals and community activists seeking to create more opportunities for youth, the CWYC was born. Members of the community demanded that the city of New Haven provide more services for adolescent teens so they pooled their resources to establish a free breakfast and lunch program to feed kids during summer break (1970's and 1980's). In the 1990s, CWYC developed a transportation plan to support summer programing , developed a partnership with Yale University's Consultation Center in order to establish the Youth Development and Training Center, they also developed and supported a youth led campaign to revise the city's charter in order to include two student seats on the New Haven Board of Education. As we move forward, CWYC is vested in supporting youth organizing to include youth as partners in leading change in New Haven. 

Our Values

We believe Youth Success:

  • Requires Community: because only by working together can we provide the scope and scale of services, supports and opportunities our youth need.

  • Benefits the Community: because successful young people energize their neighborhoods, enhance the overall quality of life and serve as the community leaders of tomorrow.

  • Is Possible in Every Community: because even neighborhoods challenged by concentrated poverty and serious crime are also made up of youth, families and organizations with tremendous assets, strengths and talent.

Our Oppuritunities
  • Monthly Coalition Meetings: This monthly meeting provides our network of over 500 youth-serving adults with the opportunity to learn best practices from experts in the community through workshops, panel discussions, open forums, etc.

  • Youth Collaborative Meetings: This bi-weekly meeting provides representatives from member organizations with the opportunity to work collaboratively with other member organizations to provide wrap-around services and supports for New Haven youth.