If you are looking for information on planning for college, volunteering around New Haven or looking for some career information, this is the place to find it!Planning for College
Use these resources to help you plan for college.
The year-round Higher Heights Program emphasizes the need for a post-secondary education for high school students in the New Haven area. The main goals are to improve the rate of students completing high school with a diploma and also increase the rate of college applicants/attendees.
When you’re ready to start studying for the SAT or ACT (hint: start now!) check out Learning Express Library for free SAT and ACT study tools and free college, scholarship and career info. They also have free practice tests for career fields, such as nursing tests, ASVAB tests, CDL tests, and more.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers. Accessible only at Ives Main Library.
The FAFSA website offers more than just the FAFSA application. From helping to choose a career path to step-by-step checklists for college readiness, the FAFSA website has it. It can also help you with choosing a school, understanding testing options, and more.
Another great place for helping you get ready for college is the College Board! They have some great resources on getting into college, choosing a college, and paying for college.
Do you want to get started financing your college education but don’t know where to start? The Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) is a great resource to get you on the road to paying for college. If you want to compare the options you have to finance your education, this is the resource to start with.
Looking for more specific information on how to save for college? Saving for College is a great resource on how to start up a 529 plan. A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. So if you know your child will be going to college, this site has many resources to help you finance it.
Another resource to help you fund college, New Haven Promise is a college resource for New Haven residents offering scholarship opportunities just for teens in our city.
The New Haven Scholarship Fund helps talented and motivated New Haven high school graduating seniors to break the cycle of limited opportunities. The New Haven Scholarship Fund’s sole mission is to provide scholarships to eligible New Haven students who have unmet financial needs and academic potential.
The library offers many volunteer opportunities for those interested! From book repair to homework help to running a program yourself, there are many ways to help out at the New Haven Free Public Library.
LEAP’s mission is to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who implement year-round, community and school-based programming designed to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for children living in high poverty urban neighborhoods.
New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants. volunteering here is a wonderful way to give back to your community!
The Yale-New Haven Hospital volunteer services department needs and welcomes energetic volunteers of all ages and skills on the York Street and Saint Raphael campuses. Volunteers generally give a minimum of four hours a week for at least six months. There are a variety of volunteer roles to fit individual time schedules, abilities and interests. Volunteers may work directly with patients or work behind the scenes.
A great general volunteer opportunity search resource, Volunteer Match has listings for volunteers in over 100 different agencies in New Haven. If the opportunities above don’t seem like a good match for you, try using this website to find something you’re passionate about!
Co-Op High School also offers volunteer, after school, and summer opportunities as well! Check out their page to see the types of opportunities the school has to offer.
The College and Career Center at Wilbur Cross High School has everything from volunteer opportunities to career related opportunities. Browse the site for the areas that interest you!
Not only does LEAP have volunteer opportunities, but many of these opportunities come with a stipend and have a chance of advancing into other positions at LEAP, including Junior Counselors and Swim Instructors.
The City’s youth department seeks to ensure that all New Haven youth are aware of and have access to positive opportunities to meet their basic needs to (1) be safe, feel cared for, be valued and be independent; and (2) build skills and competencies that allow them to function and contribute to society.
Youth@Work is a public-private partnership of the City of New Haven, the New Haven Board of Education, Workforce Alliance, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Empower New Haven. The program was established to provide undeserved youth ages 14-19 with enriching year-round and summer employment opportunities, innovative career development activities and essential work readiness skills.
Youth Rights Media’s programs are open to high school-aged youth from the greater New Haven area. Most programs are a six hour per-week commitment, and attendance requirements do apply. Youth participants are able to earn a biweekly stipend for their work with YRM.
The ACES year-round youth program specifically targets and works with students between the ages of 16-21 with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. ACES will assist seven ( 7 ) students returning from last year’s program. Students attend either ACES Whitney High School North or ACES Whitney High School East. The program offer s a continuum of academic, career development, employment, and support and transition services to eligible students. Students participate in summer and year-round activities while they complete their high school education requirements and earn a diploma.
The Youth Community Development Programs consist of 3 fundamental services: Community Life Skills, Youth Work and Young Leadership. They all focus on providing educational and career advancement, independent living and life skills training to youths and families ranging from 14-21 years old. The service population is at-risk youth and young adults known to the justice system and we serve the entire New Haven County. We provide training and support service in work and study skills, on-site job experience/community service opportunities, housing and money management and educational support. The purpose of this program is to increase prosocial skills, educational advancement and independent living skills. Program Contact: Donnell Hilton (203) 786 – 6403 Ext. 150
Green Jobs Corps connects young people with paid environmental jobs, career and leadership development opportunities, and the personal and academic supports they need to thrive.
The purpose of the Hamden Public Schools Limited Internship Program is to provide an incentive to employers to train and hire students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged as identified by receiving special education services. This program provides students with individualized job development, training structure and job coaching in a year-round supported program. Students enrolled in the Limited Internship Program have ongoing career development and are placed into work experience activities after school. It is anticipated that four (4) new and three (3) carry-in participants will be served through this program. Program Contact: Stephanie Critch (203) 407 – 2040 Ext. 5559
The women and Families center is a great resource for young adults looking to empower and enrich their lives. Project Reach: Reaching Every Adolescent to Create Hope is dedicated to providing services that empower youth, ages 12 through 21, to make choices in the best interest of their safety, well-being and future selves. Services include supportive intervention, education, case management, short term emergency housing and service linkages.
Open DOHR: The Open DOHR program serves individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, or lacking the necessary skills to compete in today’s job market. Open DOHR uses a comprehensive approach that focuses on the development of the whole person. Participants build skills and confidence while pursuing full time employment. All programs and services are free of charge to participants who meet the eligibility guidelines. Open DOHR serves Out-Of-School youth ages 18-24 and low income adults living in the South Central Region of Connecticut. The South Central Region is made up of New Haven and Middlesex Counties.
The City of Milford will offer a Certified Nursing Assistant program to fourteen (14) out-of-school youth 18-24 years old in the South Central area. Applicants are economically disadvantaged and included in one or more of the following risk categories: High school dropout and/or basic skills deficient, unemployed/underemployed with poor work history, homeless (a runaway or foster child), pregnant or a parent. The CNA Program will operate for eight (8) weeks, 32.5 hours per week and is designed to incorporate classroom training and clinical experience for all participants. Testing for the CNA license is paid in full for every student by the program. Program Contact: Lisa Streit (203) 783-3243
CRT, in collaboration with the Middlesex Community College, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, and Middletown Adult Education, will serve 20 WIOA youth. The program is designed to prepare for and place graduates into employment reflecting regional economic demand or job growth that can lead to a career pathway, contingent upon having successfully completed work readiness and vocational training. Occupational skills training, in cooperation with the Middlesex Chamber and Middlesex Community College focuses on a) brownfield remediation occupational skills training, b) medical coding assistant, c) personal care attendant, d) certified nurse’s aide, e) food handler, f) construction, or g) media production. Program Contact: Julie Sapia-Bryant (860)347-6924 Ext. 232
Gateway Community College (GCC) plans to target a population of twenty (20) out-of-school youth who previously attended GCC but were designated as not making satisfactory academic progress and have not been retained in credit programming. Funding will provide these students, as well as students referred from partner high school(s) and adult education centers, with an option to attend GCC for non-credit workforce and basic skills training which leads to industry credential(s) and employment. All youth participate in work readiness and financial literacy workshops as a part of their overall training. The work readiness workshop will include how to prepare for a job search, how to write a resume and cover letter, and what are professional references. Other topics would be where to job search, how to apply to a job, and interviewing techniques. This workshop runs for 10 to 12 weeks. Additionally, the financial literacy workshops will include topics like what is a credit score and what it means, how to manage income and expenses, and how to organize important financial documents. These workshops will run for 3 to 4 weeks. Program Contact: Petra M. Barba (203)285-2298.
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.