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The Connecticut YOUTH Forum

The Connecticut YOUTH Forum (YF) is a community outreach program of the non-profit organization, The Connecticut Forum. The YF grew out of response to the 1993 Focus on Race Relations Forum.  For the past 22 years, the YF has provided opportunities for teens to connect with other teens from different towns, ethnic and racial groups, around issues that they care about, in a format of open honest discussion. Each YF meeting follows our key values called the YOUTH Forum Culture of Validation.



We're very excited to share our dates for next year's school meetings with you now!

Mark your calendars. We typically open registration 2 - 3 weeks before the meeting's date.

September 22 at Pathways to Technology in East Hartford.
Topic: Back to School: What Makes You, You?! 3:30 - 5:30 PM

October 20 at Aerospace and Engineering in Bloomfield.
Topic: Pressure on Teens Today (Mental Health and Stress) 3:30 - 5:30 PM

November 17 at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs.
Topic: Texting and Social Communications (The Do's and Don'ts) 4– 6 PM

February 9 at CT River Academy in East Hartford.
Topic: Truths and Assumptions on Teen Dating and Relationships 3:30 - 5:30 PM

April 19 at Windsor High School in Windsor.
Topic: Names, Labels and Stereotypes 4 -6 PM

May 24 at Hall High School in West Hartford.
Topic: Hopes and Dreams 3:30 - 5:30 PM

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Click here to check out a great explanation of what the CT YOUTH Forum is all about!



Thank you to the State of Connecticut Department of Education/Capital Region Education Council (CREC), Connecticut Health Foundation, Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Ensworth Foundation, Farmington Bank, Dattco, Charles Nelson Robinson Foundation, Mabel F. Hoffman Charitable Trust, Target, Inc.,Tom Barnes and David Schmid.

SPECIAL THANKS to Nancy and David Zwiener for their leadership support for this year’s Student Exchange Event!

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