In this project, students collected, analyzed, and identified gaps in data about Opportunity Youth in Hartford in order to learn how to better serve this population. The team collected demographic data from the American Community Survey (ACS) to identify who are Opportunity Youth, as well as program data from five organizations in Hartford to see who was receiving services and of what kind. They also gathered qualitative data from a focus group of eight Opportunity Youth program participants in Hartford. After compiling their research, students learned Tableau to produce data visualizations of their analyses. They found that while most Opportunity Youth in Hartford lived in the South End, most Opportunity Youth who received services lived in the North End. They also found that many Opportunity Youth face challenges including criminal justice involvement and Department of Children and Families (DCF) intervention.
Albehadli, Mohammed; Allessie, Ardyn; Douglas, Micalyia; Starks, Tiana; and Williams, Daouda, "Opportunity Youth" (2018). Liberal Arts Action Lab. 22.