If you are a CYI Youth please complete this survey. This will help us learn a little more about how you’re currently doing in the areas of education, housing, employment, parenting, health, social supports, transportation, and financial well-being. It should take you 10-15 minutes to complete this survey. You will be asked to fill this survey out every 6 months (in April and October) so we can make sure our services are truly helping young people in Nebraska. A $10 gift card will be provided for completing all required parts of the survey.
What is the Connected Youth Initiative (CYI)?
The Connected Youth Initiative seeks to build Connected Youth Communities and collaborations across rural Nebraska to help unconnected young people with experience in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, those struggling with homelessness, or who are disconnected from a family structure. The Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) is youth driven and utilizes community resources to improve youth opportunities and networks for housing, transportation, health care, connections to peer and adult supports, educational attainment, employment, career pathways, and financial empowerment.
Youth Who Benefit:
• Youth ages 14-24 (up to their 25th birthday) in Madison, Wayne, Stanton, and Pierce County
• Currently or have been in the Nebraska foster care system
• Have had contact with child protective services
• Experience with the juvenile justice system
• Are homeless or near-homeless
• Simply lack family supports
For enrollment forms, please visit our Forms Page.
What does CYI Offer?
A single point of contact youth can go to when they need help. Our central navigator will connect with the right resources in our community.
Central Navigator: Darby Hetzler (402) 640 2409 firstname.lastname@example.org
A caring adult who can help youth find resources, work through a problem, or teach you new skills.
An opportunity to find youth their voice and grow as a person! A chance to be a leader in our community, make friends with others that have gone through similar experiences, and help make change happen. Youth input can help make the system better for younger youth.
A matched savings program that offers a great way to save for bigger purchases, like buying a car or house. Youth will learn how to save money while developing important financial skills.
Youth savings are matched up to 2-to-1, helping youth reach their goals of saving for tuition, a security deposit on an apartment, or a car.