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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 twenty one 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.



The Connecticut YOUTH Forum operates on a single premise: stereotypes are challenged, prejudices are dispelled and communities are built when we TALK, LISTEN, and CONNECT.


Did you know?! Check out these historical YOUTH Forum stats from the past 21 years!

  • 15,000+ high school students have been engaged in 200+ YOUTH Forum Meetings in conversations that have challenged and inspired them to explore topics important to their generation.

  • 6,000+ high school students have participated in 20 years of Annual Student Exchange Events!

  • 4,000+ Hartford elementary school students have shared joy in our Hartford Annual Children's Holiday Party for 20 years- an event that provides a day of holiday fun to hundreds of disadvantaged children with crafts, gifts, Santa, lunch and a special YF Elf buddy to guide the elementary school students throughout the day.

  • 200+ facilitators trained by the YOUTH Forum have lead small group discussions with students during Student Exchange Events and YOUTH Forum Meetings!

Check Out the Latest CT YOUTH Forum Videos:

The VIOLP Team Wants You!

Live from the Nerd Fashion Show!

Behind the Scenes at the Nerd Fest Student-Panelist Roundtable!

Check out the CT YOUTH Forum segment from Better Connecticut

Leadership Network member Emily Peer-Groves!




A special thank you to Aetna,  St. Francis Foundation, CHEFA,
Farmington Bank, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, George & Grace Long Foundation,

the Charles Nelson Robinson Foundation,

Target, Inc., Berkshire Bank, and our Friends of The Forum for their

substantial support of the CT YOUTH Forum.

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