Waterbury, Connecticut


  • Community name:  Waterbury
  • Website:  http://www.waterburyct.org/
  • Population:  110,366
  • Graduation rate:  83.6%
  • Youth poverty rate:  31.7%

Overview

Waterbury, a third-time 100 Best winner, remains committed to ensuring its youth are healthy and develop leadership skills for the future. Each year, the StayWell Health Center provides free medical care for more than 8,000 youth who are uninsured or underinsured. StayWell also operates the only school-based health center in Waterbury where elementary-aged students receive medical, dental and mental health services without having to miss school.Access to health care is also reinforced by the Waterbury Bridge to Success Partnership. This group of community members and organizations workstogether to create a positive environment for youth that includes a caring school climate, a safe neighborhood and access to healthcare. Waterbury also offers programs that empower youth to make good decisions and get involved in the community. The Waterbury Youth Council helps teens develop leadership skills and gives them a voice in decisions on community issues. In addition, Girls Inc. of Southwestern Connecticut, offers summer and after-school programs that provide girls with strategies to overcome social, intellectual and economic challenges.

Community Programs

  • The Waterbury Bridge to Success Partnership is a group of community members and organizations that work together to address youth development, including health care and education.
  • The Parents are Great Educators program helps parents bond with each other and their children while improving family literacy and positive parenting strategies.
  • Each year, the StayWell Health Center provides medical care for more than 8,000 youth who are uninsured or underinsured.
  • The Waterbury Youth Council helps teens develop leadership skills and encourages youth to participate in community service.
  • The Sprague Unity Network (SUN Program) is a school-based early intervention and prevention program designed to help children reduce social, emotional and other school-related difficulties.
  • Girls Inc. of Southwestern Connecticut offers summer and after-school programs that provide young girls with strategies to overcome social, intellectual and economic challenges while helping empower them for the future.

Youth Voices

“Because of Girls Incorporated teaching me to be strong smart and bold I have been able to handle the challenges thrown at me, and I know I will be able to handle anything that crosses my path in the future. Being a part of Girls Incorporated is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and one of the things I am most grateful for in my life.”

—Jazmin

“Girls Inc. taught me how to be strong, smart, and bold and to go after something that I truly want.”

—Jessica