Mission and Philosophy

Mission

Youth Continuum prevents and addresses youth homelessness.


Youth Continuum is a community-based, not-for-profit agency serving youth ages 14 to 24, who are homeless or in state care – two groups often described as ‘disconnected’ and who face great challenges in transitioning to successful adulthood. We are committed to helping them fulfill their abilities, improve self-esteem through concrete academic and vocational successes and by developing long-term personal interests. Youth Continuum’s efforts result in a more educated, employable and healthy youth population.


Guiding Principles


Service: We provide a comprehensive continuum of services designed to promote positive youth development among shifting social climates and community concerns.


Leadership: Through leadership we have the courage and commitment to meet the changing needs of our community and to advocate for the youth in our care.


Respect: We respect, value and hold all people equal regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability, ethnicity or national origin.


Care: We reflect care and concern for the dignity and welfare of youth in all that we do.


Services


Youth Continuum has been accredited by the Council On Accreditation (COA) since 2004, the non-profit field's highest recognition for delivering quality child and family services. Youth Continuum has worked with the at-risk youth population since its inception. The agency reaches 1,000-1,500 young people annually with comprehensive services for homeless and runaway teens, those exiting the child welfare system and youth in the juvenile justice system. Currently, Youth Continuum operates four therapeutic residences, two PASS homes, an emergency and supportive housing programs, the most extensive homeless youth outreach program in New Haven, services for youth re-entering the community from the justice system, and an education, job and life-skill training program through the privately funded MacMullen Education, Training and Enrichment Center (METEC).