Connected Youth Initiative

Communities receiving grants

  • North Platte area (Lincoln County)

  • Grand Island area (Hall, Dawson, Buffalo, Merrick, Hamilton, Phelps, Kearney, Adams, Clay, Harlan, Franklin, Webster and Nuckolls Counties)

  • Norfolk area (Madison, Pierce, Wayne and Stanton County)

  • Fremont area (Dodge County)

  • Broken Bow area (Custer, Garfield, Blaine, Sherman, Valley and Loup Counties)

  • Southeast Nebraska area (Butler, Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Seward, Thayer and York Counties)

About the Connected Youth model

CYI Outcome Areas: Education, career, daily needs, transportation, health (mental, physical and dental), housing, permanency and financial stability

  • Central Navigation – A coordinated approach that ensures CYI participants get access to all the services they need in a streamlined way. By coordinating and navigating services, communities can avoid duplication of efforts, effectively track youth progress, youth can access services in the community to achieve personal goals, and youth have a voice and connection to community.
  • Coaching - An array of coaches within the system through partner organizations to provide goal-oriented coaching for CYI youth to develop skills and access services and supports towards enhancing Youth Thrive™ promotive factors and successful self-sufficiency transition to adulthood.
  • The Opportunity Passport™ - A nationally recognized financial literacy and asset-building program. Participating CYI youth open Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) at a local bank, learn financial literacy skills, and save money for things like credit repair, vehicle, education, housing, and medical expenses. Youth savings are matched at a rate up to 4-to-1, helping them reach goals quickly. Youth savings are matched up to 2-to-1, helping them reach their goals more quickly.
  • Youth Support Services and Needs-Based Funds – Emergency cash assistance available to help CYI youth keep small bumps in the road – like car repairs, utility bill surges, unexpected medical costs – from becoming larger burdens.
  • Youth Leadership and Voice – Opportunities for youth leadership and advocacy through empowering processes. This also includes community youth councils to provide input about the CYI system and what services are needed most.

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