Established in 1985 and serving the Greater Bridgeport region, RYASAP (Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership) works to ensure the safe and healthy development of youth, young adults and families by actively engaging organizations, public officials and community leaders around issues that matter most to the community.
By creating a "neutral table," community members bring energy and focus, allowing candid conversations to emerge and the catalyst for change to begin.
RYASAP's work tackles the tough issues teens, their families and their communities face: community violence prevention, gambling/substance use education, juvenile justice reform, mediation, personal safety, suicide prevention, teen relationships, urban education reform and youth leadership.
RYASAP's work has created statewide "best practice" models for other programs and communities' adoption.
Working with the Greater Bridgeport Juvenile Justice Task Force to reduce the number of youth entering the criminal justice system
Addressing the toughest issues teens face: underage drinking, prescription drug misuse, illegal drug use, teen gambling, suicide prevention & positive mental health
Working with youth who have committed minor delinquent acts or who have displayed at risk behaviors that could result in a referral to the juvenile court
Partnering with nonprofit organizations to train the next generation of nonprofit & community leaders
Providing conflict resolution and mediation services in communities, families, schools and courts
Installing free smoke detectors in Bridgeport homes and providing fire prevention and emergency preparedness education in partnership with the Bridgeport Fire Department
StreetSafe Bridgeport provides a way for our young people to move away from gang violence and toward safe, healthy and productive futures.