SAVE operates several programs to help youth get on the path to a satisfying and productive adulthood.  Each program uses research based approaches when available. Each program addresses an urgent and important community need and is carried out by trained staff members with the help of passionate volunteers and dedicated community partners.

Check & Connect

Check and Connect is a dropout prevention program based on the idea that students need help meeting their academic goals.  The program uses mentors to address, deeply and continuously, a student’s performance and record and to arrange services that will help the student succeed.  The Check and Connect program’s interventions yield the following outcomes: increases in attendance, persistence in school, accrual of credits and school completion rates with decreases in truancy, tardiness, behavioral referrals, and dropout rates.

Pen or Pencil

Pen(itentiary) or Pencil is an innovative approach to teaching and inspiring youngsters who are struggling through today’s intense social, environment, family and school risks. It involves the creation of a community and school-based history of mass engagement and youth leadership during the Civil Rights Movement.  The program is based at Briggs High School and allows students to share their concerns about community and have an open dialog about what needs to be changed.

Youth Council for Justice (YC4J)

The Youth Council for Justice is a youth-led, adult supported social justice organization that empowers youth ages 8 – 18 to express themselves and to take appropriate action on the issues that affect their lives.  Issue awareness forums are conducted at school and advocacy campaigns are initiated to bring the identified concerns to light.

CT Stomp the Violence Conference

The mission of "CT STOMP THE VIOLENCE" from Non-Violence to No Violence Youth Conference is to engage youth in activities that will not only educate them and their family through the sharing of information but will empower all stakeholders with tools that allow them to stand up for their community through civic engagement.

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