The partnership said state estimates show 50,000 to 60,000 disengaged and disconnected youths aged 14-24 across Connecticut. Almost 80% come from low-income backgrounds and 36% of boys of color. Data from 2014-2015 show Hartford, New Britain, Waterbury, Bridgeport and New Haven as having particularly high levels of disengaged and disconnected youth. But over 110 school systems statewide have at least 50 of these young people, and about 9,000 come from towns with above average income levels.
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October 10, 2019