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1 WATERBURY S YOUTH VOICE Building Developmental Assets in Waterbury s Youth April 30, 2014

2 AGENDA Introduction to the Bridge to Success Partnership Local Backdrop Background of Developmental Assets Survey in Waterbury Historical Use of Assets Data National Data Waterbury Data Highlights and Opportunities What s Next? Your Voice

3 BRIDGE TO SUCCESS CRADLE TO CAREER COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP 75+ public and private organizations Common Agenda: Waterbury youth succeed in school, work and life Shared Measurement: Kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading and 8th grade math scores, high school graduation rates, and post secondary school acceptance and graduation Mutually Reinforcing Activities: Promote positive mental health, early literacy, healthy nutrition and physical activity, and career preparedness in children and youth. Promote, support, and nurture parent/caregiver skills as their child s first/main teacher. Continuous Communication Backbone Function: help guide vision and strategy, support aligned activities, establish shared measurement practices, build public will, advance policy and mobilize funding

4 LOCAL BACKDROP Demographic Overview Waterbury Hartford New Haven Bridgeport Connecticut Population 2011 estimate 110, , , ,229 3,574,097

5 LOCAL BACKDROP 32 public schools 18, 800 public school students 79.2% are eligible for free and/or reduced lunch 12% of children and youth are English Learners 16% come from non-english speaking homes 39 non-english languages are represented in the public schools Source: Waterbury Strategic School Profile

6 LOCAL BACKDROP *2010 Census data ** Strategic School Profile

7 LOCAL BACKDROP Fall Kindergarten Entrance Inventory Waterbury District Language Literacy Numeracy Physical Creative Personal

8 Connecticut Mastery Test Waterbury District Grade 3 Reading Percent At or Above Proficient (Level 3, 4, or 5)

9 Connecticut Mastery Test Waterbury District Grade 8 Math Percent At or Above Proficient (Level 3, 4, or 5)

10 Four-Year High School Graduation Rate Waterbury District

11 Waterbury District Highlights 3,324 grade 3-8 students scored proficient or above on ALL CMT content areas in grade 10 students scored proficient or above on ALL CAPT content areas in The number of college-bound sophomores taking the PSAT in 2013 was 711, up 5% from 2010 The number of college-bound seniors taking the SAT in 2013 was 529, up 9% from 2009 Critical reading and writing average scores on the SAT in 2013 were up 7 points and 6 points respectively, from 2009, contrary to national trends which displayed 3 and 4 point declines The number of AP exams taken in 2013 was 737, up 30% from 2009

12 LOCAL BACKDROP

13 LOCAL BACKDROP Education % Total Pop 25 yrs of age % 30.00% 20.00% 10.00% 0.00% High school grad Grades 9-12, no diploma BA/BS Some college, no degree Graduate degree or higher Waterbury New Haven Bridgeport Hartford CT Academic achievement

14 LOCAL BACKDROP cont Community Health Assessment utilized Waterbury adult resident data to establish community focus areas: Improving Mental Health Reducing Obesity Q relates to activity Reducing Smoking Improving Access to Care Q related to accessing care due to cost

15 LOCAL BACKDROP

16 LOCAL BACKDROP Births to Teens (<20 yrs) by race/ethnicity 25.00% 20.00% 15.00% 10.00% CT WTBY 5.00% 0.00% White non- Hispanic Black non- Hispanic Hispanic CT DPH

17 LOCAL BACKDROP Alcohol Tobacco

18 BACKGROUND OF SURVEY With permission from Waterbury Board of Education, BTS has surveyed youth every three years since 2007: Spring 2007 (gr 6 & 9), 2010 (gr 6, 9 & 12), 2013 (gr 6-10) Survey results have helped identify priority areas for the community s work with youth of all ages included in the BTS cradle to career plan Each survey administration provides an updated snapshot of the youth in our community

19 HISTORICAL USE OF ASSET DATA IN WATERBURY BTS Community Partnership established cradle to career plan city-wide strategies: Promote child & youth: positive mental health early literacy healthy nutrition and physical activity career preparedness Promote, support, and nurture parent/caregiver skills as their child s first/main teacher

20 HISTORICAL USE OF ASSET DATA IN WATERBURY Youth identified priority areas for community s work Positive view of personal future 73% Responsibility 69% Achievement motivation 65% Self-esteem 56% Peaceful conflict resolution 27% Adult role models 22%

21 NATIONAL DATA Total Number of Assets (40 total): 19.8 Nationally Nearly 90,000 youth in grades 6-12 (2010) 20.3 Nationally in Medium-sized (population of 50, ,000) cities (2010) 18.7 Waterbury 1,460 Waterbury youth in grades 6-10 (2013) A caution on comparisons: Different years and different grades surveyed for national data make it difficult to compare to Waterbury data Search Institute recommends that each community set its own goals based on where it wants its young people to be rather than where its young people are in relation to this aggregate data Source: A Fragile Foundation - The State of Developmental Assets among American Youth - 2nd edition

22 WATERBURY ASSET DATA Waterbury s youth have an average of 18.7 out of 40 Assets Grades surveyed: grade 6 19% grade 7 21% grade 8 24% grade 9 20% grade 10 16% Total number of Waterbury youth surveyed: 1,460 Gender: Gender female 52% male 48% Race/ethnicity: Black/African American 16% Hispanic or Latino/Latina 33% White 19% Other 8% More than one of the above 23%

23 Support % Family Support 71 Other adult relationships 42 Caring neighborhood 34 Caring school climate 29 Parent involvement in school 28 Positive family communication 27 Boundaries & Expectations % Positive peer influence 71 School boundaries 42 High expectations 34 Neighborhood boundaries 29 Family boundaries 28 Adult role models 27 EXTERNAL ASSETS Empowerment % Service to others 46 Safety 42 Youth as resources 24 Community values youth 20 Constructive Use of Time % Time at home 58 Youth programs 49 Religious community 49 Creative activities 22

24 INTERNAL ASSETS Commitment to Learning % Achievement motivation 69 Bonding to school 53 School engagement 50 Homework 26 Reading for pleasure 20 Positive Values % Integrity 77 Equality & Social Justice 72 Honesty 72 Caring 64 Restraint 51 Social Competencies % Cultural Competence 53 Interpersonal Competence 46 Resistance Skills 43 Planning & Decision-making 35 Peaceful conflict resolution 32 Positive Identity % Positive view of personal future 75 Sense of Purpose 53 Self-esteem 49 Personal Power 35

25 HIGHLIGHTS & OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH Highlighted Asset % Family support: Family life provides high levels of love and support 71% Equality and social justice: Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty Integrity: Young person acts on convictions and stands up for his or her beliefs 77% Honesty: Young person tells the truth even when it is not easy 72% Responsibility: Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility 71% Positive view of personal future: Young person is optimistic about his or her personal future 75% Opportunity Asset % Community values youth: Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth 20% Youth as resources: Young people are given useful roles in the community 24% Adult role models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior 26% Creative activities: Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts Homework: Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day. 26% Reading for pleasure : Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week 20% 72% 22%

26 2013 HIGHLIGHTS & OPPORTUNITIES

27 APRIL 26 TH YOUTH RETREAT - WAMS 36 Youth & 7 Adult facilitators in attendance Meaningful opportunity for youth to make decisions that will significantly impact their lives and others Building the very assets they are discussing Youth become messengers for the data and shaping how it can influence a future direction of the community Youth are valued for their honesty, commitment, wisdom, and capacity to shape a better future for all Provided an opportunity for young people and adults to share a vision

28 YOUTH IN ATTENDANCE Elementary Schools: Jonathan Reed Carrington Walsh Tinker Middle Schools: West Side Middle School North End Middle School Wallace Middle School High Schools: Wilby Kennedy Crosby Other Schools: Waterbury Arts Magnet School Waterbury Career Academy Waterbury Adult Education Naugatuck Valley Community College Post University Porter & Chester Institute Organizations: Waterbury Youth Service System Greater Waterbury YMCA Waterbury PeaceJam Young Civic Learners Youth and Government

29

30 YOUTH IDENTIFIED FOCUS ASSETS

31 YOUTH DEVELOPED ACTION PLANS Asset Safety 42% of youth feel safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood Self-Esteem 49% of young people report having a high self-esteem Adult Role Models 26% of young people believe that parents and other adults are modeling positive, responsible behavior Restraint 51% of young people believe it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs Goal Minimize bullying to feel safer in general The asset of self-esteem will increase to 64% by 2016; More young people will feel good about themselves; Young people will have improved confidence Adults model a respectful, helping, personality We need more positive role models in order to not use drugs or alcohol

32 WHAT S NEXT FOR WATERBURY PARTNERS? Listen to the Youth Voice Join a workgroup & work on Youth Developed Action Plans Using the data in your organization Program planning Grant writing Become an Asset Builder Be intentional about building assets

33 BECOME AN ASSET BUILDER Listen to young people Notice young people s contributions and gifts Ask young people for their advice Include young people in decisions Give young people meaningful roles Help young people make their dreams come true Find out young people s opinions Celebrate young people s accomplishments Take seriously young people s fears and worries Learn the reasons for young people s feelings See young people as important contributors to your community in the present and in the future Learn about music, books, and activities that are important to young people Source:

34 COMMUNITY FEEDBACK Share your index card with someone nearby tell them how will you make the action on your card a reality in your house, neighborhood, school, church, etc. Report your ideas back to youth

35 EVALUATION Please complete evaluation online evaluations will be sent via Contact us (203)

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