Connected Youth

Common Agenda

Coordinate and align services of agencies serving unconnected youth ages 14-24


Youth Leadership

  • Why: Unconnected youth don’t have similar opportunities to learn and exhibit leadership
  • Who: Unconnected Youth (young people ages 14-24 who have been in foster care, but are not aging out of the system to qualify for Bridges to Independence, and youth who have received in home & out of home from the Department of Health and Human Services as a result of abuse of neglect, and youth who have multiple system involvement (Department of Health and Human Services, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, and/or homeless/near homeless with unmet needs) without traditional leadership opportunities
  • How: through 1) Youth leadership institute 2) Youth in leadership 3) Service learning 4) Activities

Community Response

  • Why: Maintains and creates partnerships among agencies and communities through coordinated efforts and mutual planning
  • Who: Agencies serving youth
  • How: Data collection to ensure unduplicated count, track outcomes, family-centered, client centered approach to coordinating plans, ensuring the agencies have what they need to serve the youth

Opportunity Passport

  • Why: Program had success in Eastern Nebraska and was adopted in the Panhandle.  Financial case management has been identified as a huge need in unconnected youth.
  • Who: Embedded financial case management through training in Panhandle agencies who serve unconnected youth.
  • How: Transitional process beginning with basic education around money  that moves towards asset acquisiton-specific training.

Transitional Services

  • Why: Gaps exist in available resources and transitional services try to fill these gaps
  • Who: Panhandle providers
  • How: Developed from original asset maps

Regional Training Plan

  • Developed during collective meetings with all providers present
  • Agency and system needs identified
    • Overlapping of needs are often discovered
    • Trainings are rolled out to meet these needs



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Biannual surveys conducted twice a year to all agencies and their clients


Monthly meetings – Please visit our calendar to see when the next Connected Youth System of Care Meeting is taking place

For more information about this work group, please contact Betsy Vidlak