Connected Youth Initiative

Connected Youth Initiative is a public-private partnership that aims to develop and strengthen partnerships with community collaborative partners, state and government entities, philanthropic funders, and national partners to improve equitable outcomes and opportunities for young people. This model helps build strong collaborations between stakeholders; including service providers and practitioners, funders, and decision-makers to connect vital resources in the community. 

Recent public sources of CYI Investment:

  • Department of Health and Human Services 
  • John H. Chafee Foster Care to Independence 
  • Education and Training Voucher 
  • Pregnancy Assistance Fund 
  • HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project 
  • OVC Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking 
  • Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund & AmeriCorps 

Connected Youth Initiative Average Annual Investment:

Public = $2,700,000 

Private = $5,700,000 

Total Average Annual Investment in Older Youth in Nebraska = $8.4M* 

*Annual investment amounts are variable and subject to change each year 

CYI Strategic Collaborators and Thought Partners:

  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative 
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation 
  • Casey Family Programs 
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy 
  • Jobs for the Future 
  • School & Main Institute 
  • Urban Institute 
  • Third Sector 
  • Think of Us 
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 
  • Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed. 
  • Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Court Improvement Project 
  • Center for Children, Families, and the Law 

CYI Partners:

  • Bring Up Nebraska community collaboratives 
  • Blue Valley Community Action Partnership 
  • Central Plains Center for Services 
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders County 
  • Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska 
  • Family Housing Advisory Services 
  • HTI Labs 
  • Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers 
  • Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition 
  • The Hub Central Access Point 
  • United Way of the Midlands 
  • Women’s Fund of Omaha 
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