JUNTA Youth

Junta promotes community-wide regeneration, laying the foundations necessary for youth to become New Haven’s next generation of leaders.

The Neighborhood Place (TNP) helps working families and benefits at-risk children. It gives them the opportunity to share positive experiences with others and offers creative outlets to improve their social, personal and academic growth. In addition, the program provides a safe place for children in the crucial hours when they leave school but their parents are still at work and cannot return home to take care of them.

Youth in Action (YIA) is a program designed to develop the leadership potential in every young adult. Young adults between the ages of 13-18 participate in different cohorts of Youth in Action to acquire the leadership skills to advocate for themselves and to find their voice around issues facing youth in the urban setting. Cohorts are designed to designed to develop youth leaders of color, Latinx youth leaders, immigrant youth leaders and LGBTQ youth leaders. While developing their leadership skills, youth leaders work on finding ways to positively impact their environment. As they engage in the leadership curriculum, youth cohorts determine the ways to generate that impact. Teen leaders also engage in activities that promote college access, entrepreneurship and tech.

Big Turtle Village is a five-day free camping trip for children, ages 8-12 who do not have the economic means to attend summer camp. The program is run completely by volunteers and located at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. The camp introduces children to the natural environment through workshops that encourage children to advocate for their health, the environment and its preservation.