Thriving Children & Youth

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OUR GOALS: Children enter school ready to learn and are successful in primary school. Youth gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials to be prepared for the workforce and obtain family-sustaining employment.


Thriving Youth logoLast year we invested and leveraged a total of $462,588 in programs that help children and youth thrive, caring for their needs from infancy through their educational journey.

These programs include child care, preschool and afterschool, youth development, parenting education and support, mentoring, recreation activities and summer camps, and counseling. More than 5,700 children have been helped through our Partner Programs.

We also launched two exciting new programs for high school students, Student United Way and Your Voice Counts.

The inaugural cohort of Student United Way was held in 2022-23 to empower students to make impactful change, fueling next generation philanthropy. The curriculum focuses on visits to nonprofits, volunteering, meeting with community leaders, learning about philanthropy, and awarding a grant to a local organization.

Your Voice Counts is bridging differences and inspiring young adults to create sustainable change. The initiative improves communication, critical thinking, and understanding among high school students. In partnership with New London Youth Affairs, Your Voice Counts provides youth with skills to navigate conversations that often result in divisiveness to help make the world a kinder place.

Additionally, we partnered with three programs that drive positive change and improve outcomes for children and youth of racial and ethnic minorities in Groton and New London. Under this grant, these programs will modify existing programs to improve outcomes, increase equity, and expand services to allow all of our children and youth to thrive.


Our Partners in Thriving Children & Youth

Partner Programs:
 Equitable Outcomes for Thriving Children Grant
Your Voice Counts
  • New London Youth Affairs
Additional Resources or Partnerships