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Drug Policy Office awards grants to the Hamden Positive Choices Coalition, Post-Chronicle, 11/12/14

GCC Hosts Youth Matters Celebration: Strengthening Youth-Adult Partnerships in New Haven, Gateway Community College, Public Affairs, Student News, 11/11/14

Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP partnership opens doors for promising students, YaleNews, 10/29/14

Tami Sullivan was selected to attend a “Protect All Women” roundtable on 10/16/14 with Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was seriously injured in a 2011 shooting rampage. Dr. Sullivan was joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, as well as more than a dozen legislators and leaders in the fields of domestic violence and law enforcement. Giffords is a co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, which seeks to reduce gun violence and increase “sensible" gun control legislation. Click here for the full NBC news story and live video footage.

The Consultation Center at Yale University and Citywide Youth Coalition were honored September 26, The Hartford Courant, 10/7/14

Derrick Gordon appointed to state’s Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee, Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry News, 10/2/14

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The Consultation CenterOur mission at The Consultation Center is to promote health and wellness, prevent mental health and substance abuse problems, and advance equity and social justice.


Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership

Yale Bridgeport GearUp Partnershipquote...education is the fault line between those who will prosper in the new economy and those who will not.  To prepare young people for the world of personal and professional choices in the 21st century, we must open the doors of college to all Americans.
-- U.S. Department of Educationquote


How do you encourage more than 1,500 middle-schoolers- plus their teachers, counselors, and families- to focus on planning for their futures?

The answer is GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a national initiative that began in 1999 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership plans to open as many doors as possible for Bridgeport students to attend college. The program aims to provide students with the skills and aspirations needed to graduate from high school and succeed in a productive post-secondary educational option of their choice. The funding for this project targets Bridgeport students who are in the graduating classes of 2014 and 2017 and will follow those students from seventh grade through their freshman year in college.

From the voices of recent Connecticut GEAR UP graduates...

  • "This program kept me from dropping out of high school." Takira, Cesar Batalla School.
  • "Now I know that just because my parents didn't go to college, doesn't mean I can't." Neil, Luis Munoz Marin School.
  • "GEAR UP has showed me that you can have fun while learning important lessons. The program has shown me how to be a better person." Joel, Winthrop Middle School.

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The Youth Development Training and Resource Center is a resource center and intermediary to assist youth programs, local youth-serving networks, and funders of youth agencies throughout Connecticut. YDTRC was founded in 1993 by the City Wide Youth Coalition and The Consultation Center. Through our services, we promote positive youth development and meaningful youth engagement. We can provide services or connect you to resources.

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