Project NIA

In Partnership with New Haven Public Schools, we created the state’s first mentee-referral portal specifically for New Haven students! The portal connected young people to mentoring programs in the New Haven area, where they could be matched with caring adults. Supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the portal was recently expanded to include the whole state as part of our R.E.A.L. program.

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Doreen Abubakar, Community Place-making Engagement Network

Michael Awad, Yale/ONE STEP at Wilbur Cross High School

Edwin Baez, Hillhouse High School

Brittany Baines, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership

Daniel Bonet-Ojeda, Hillhouse High School

Assistant Chief Bertram N. Ettienne, New Haven Police Department

Interim Principal Kermit Carolina, Wilbur Cross High School

Victoria Giordano, The Children’s Center of Hamden

Gemma Lumpkin, New Haven Public Schools

Principal Mark Sweeting, Hillhouse High School

Pam Mautte, BHCares

Steve Mikolike, Riverside Academy

Sheila Purushotham, The Children’s Center of Hamden

Principal Derek Stephenson, Riverside Academy

Shirley West, Urban Community Alliance

Tobacco & Vaping-Specific Resources

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership builds statewide capacity to prevent underage drinking and substance use and builds strategic alliances to promote the overall well-being of Connecticut’s future workforce.