Outreach for Disconnected Youth

Commitment Title

Outreach for Disconnected Youth


The Connecting Youth Initiative (CYI), is a community and school-based service developed in Columbia University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs. CYI serves youth and young adults, ages 16-24 in Northern Manhattan and portions of the Bronx, who are neither in school nor working. In addition, CYI participants may be:

  • Navigating re-entry to the community
  • Court involved
  • Aging out of foster care
  • Homeless


CYI's school-based model provides outreach to youth who are enrolled in school but chronically absent, truant and/or at-risk of dropout or aging out. We assist participants with re-engaging in educational activities and obtaining employment opportunities.



Youth in the local community, ages 16 to 24, who have not completed high school or obtained a GED.

Columbia’s Implementation Plan

The most recent Implementation Plan Report submitted to Empire State Development, along with evidence of compliance, is available below:

Implementation Plan Report - Outreach for Disconnected Youth

1. Annual report

How to Access

For more information about the program, visit: https://gca.columbia.edu/content/connecting-youth-initiative