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Opinion: Norwalk ACTs director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Outs this week go to organizations and individuals who are tackling some of our most difficult issues affecting our youth – homelessness, social/emotional, health and wellness.

Shout Out to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), for completing a Point-in-Time Count and 2017 CT Youth Count this week, in an effort to account for all of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless youth and young adults age 24 and under throughout the state. The federal government will use this year’s youth count as the baseline year for collecting data on youth homelessness nationwide.

In recent years, Connecticut has significantly reduced homelessness by rallying community support, forming great partnerships, and collecting reliable, up-to-date data. Connecticut was the second state to end veteran homelessness as of 2016 and is one of only four states participating in the national Zero: 2016 campaign to end all chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.

Shout Out to Tricia Massucco, Extended Learning Program Coordinator at Norwalk Public Schools – After the Bell, for re-engaging Norwalk ACTS’ 5th – 6th Grade Transition Workgroup. Studies show that a key indicator for a successful middle school experience is a positive transition from 5th to 6th grade, one of Norwalk ACTS’ six community outcomes. The group will be meeting bi-monthly, and will be aligning agendas and resources as well as looking at best practices and successful programs across the country to develop an action plan for Norwalk. If you are interested in participating in the Workgroup, contact us info@norwalkacts.org.

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