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Town of Hamden

Posted on: October 1, 2019

Hamden Awarded State Grant Funding for Drug Prevention and Youth Enrichment Programming

Hamden Awarded State Grant Funding for

Drug Prevention and Youth Enrichment Programming


Hamden – Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is very pleased to announce that the Town of Hamden was recently awarded two separate grants from the State Department of Children and Families to be utilized for prevention, recreational, enrichment, edcuation and positive youth development programs managed by the Hamden Youth Services Bureau.

The Town was awarded $49,000 in total, with $36,000 supporting a Prevention Corps/AmeriCorps program to assist with opioid prevention and education programs. The Town is required to provide matching funds towards these Youth Services Bureau programs, and does so in its current operating budget. This allows the Town to leverage additional grant funded resources for much needed youth programs. $13,000 of the grant funding will specifically be allocated for use by the Hamden Youth Services Bureau in supporting the above mentioned programs.

The Hamden Youth Services Bureau will utilize the funding to provide various activities to Hamden’s youth. These activities range from screenings of drug prevention films, visits from a virtual reality game truck at after school programs across all age groups, hoola-hoop after school programs, and a youth-driven public art design contest (the winner of which will have their art piece installed at a chosen Town location.)

Commenting, Mayor Curt Balzano Leng said, “The most important thing we can do for our community is support and nurture our children. Hamden provides quality programming for our at-need, after school, and childcare programs. These State funds further our ability to improve and continue these programs, and we are working hard to expand these much needed opportunities. The Town offers appreciation to Prevention Corps/AmeriCorp, the State, and to our Youth Services Bureau for making these programs available to our residents.”


For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Patrick J. Donnelly, at 203-287-7009 or pdonnelly@hamden.com.

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