Connected Youth Initiative

Who will be served?

The initiative will serve “unconnected youth” in rural Nebraska communities. Unconnected youth are defined as young people between 14-23 who are currently or have been in the Nebraska foster care system, have had contact with the child protective services, have had contact with the juvenile justice system (but are not on probation), or are homeless or near homeless.

Why does this matter?

Without community support, unconnected youth are unlikely to reach their full potential. Take a look at the projected outcomes for the 431 foster youth ages 17+ in Greater Nebraska, compared to 431 of their peers not in the system: 

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