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What Does New London Youth Affairs Do?
New London Youth Affairs is a Youth Service Bureau which promotes positive outcomes for children, youth, and families by supporting a wide range of comprehensive services and collaborations.

We offer programs that are designed to build a brighter future for New London youth (and parents too!) including:
  • Early Childhood Family Center
  • Teens in Action (TIA)
  • Teen Summer Employment
  • COOL Directions
  • Whale's Tales Book Bank
  • New London Community and Campus Coalition
  • Juvenile Review Board
  • Parent Leadership programs
For more details, visit each program link in the navigation menu on the left.

Where Did New London Youth Affairs Come From?
In the beginning there was R.A.D. - or Recreational Alternatives to Drugs

R.A.D. was established in 1989 when the New London City Council was approached by a concerned citizen requesting their commitment to take action towards the prevention of youth substance abuse. The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund awarded start-up funds for the program's first year: enough for a single part-time staff member and activity expenses. In the following year, a federal grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention augmented R.A.D.'s funding and helped establish the New London Focus Group on Youth. The next year, after the CSAP grant expired, the CT Office of Policy and Management provided funding for Teen, Parent, and Neighborhood organizers.

And so it remained until 1997...

Enter New London Youth Affairs
The 1997 award of Connecticut Department of Education funds allowed Youth Affairs to serve as New London's Youth Service Bureau, as a division of the Recreation Department, coordinating the activities of R.A.D., the New London Focus Group on Youth, and other related programs. However, almost all program support, operations, and program staff salaries are procured through foundations, government grants, corporations, civic groups, collaborations, donations, and other outside sources.


New London Youth Affairs child and youth programs are not licensed by the Office of Early Childhood.

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