What We Do

The mission of the Carl Hardrick Institute (CHI) is to prevent and reduce youth and community violence

The Carl Hardrick Institute (CHI) for Youth Engagement and Leadership Development, Created to enhance efforts for preventing and reducing violence by combining best-practice research with the street credibility long rooted in local community trust.

The recruitment, training and certifying of a cohort of up to fifteen young adults, ages 21-30. “building the bench” for the next generation of Violence Intervention Specialist/ Youth Development practitioners to confront and alter the anti-social life trajectories characteristics of unserved and underserved young men of color. 

The offering of comprehensive programming options to fifty at risk, Hartford youth and young adults, to guide them toward pro-social life trajectories.

The CHI partner organizations:

The Blue Hills Civic Association 
COMPASS Youth Collaborative 
Hartford Communities That Care
Saint Francis Hospital and
Medical Center
Wilson Gray YMCA

The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) 

The Academy consist of a cohort of 15-20 school-aged youth trained to be peer leaders/ peer educators who are trained to research issues that impact them, their peers, family, and community. Topics include: Youth Violence/Trauma, Prescription, and Illicit Drug Use, School Absenteeism and other health and economic disparities are explored. Students meet weekly to research and engage peers and adult coaches to gain knowledge of the various topics and develop and facilitate youth-led forums, youth conferences and other opportunities to educate the broader community on ways to address these complex societal problems. 

YAL Partners

CENCAP Federal Credit Union, COMPASS Peacebuilders, Wilson Gray YMCA, YWCA of Greater Hartford, Mothers United Against Violence, Hartford Behavioral Health, Blue Hills Civic Association, Connecticut Health Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Connecticut Court Support Services Division, Capital Community College, And Phillips Metropolitan CME Church.