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RYASAP's coalition is based on a continuum of services consisting of five interrelated functions:

  • prevention
  • intervention
  • treatment
  • continuing care
  • community awareness/education

As a capacity-building organization, RYASAP provides a comprehensive system of programs and services, including:

  • community mobilization
  • needs assessment
  • neighborhood assets mapping
  • youth development
  • community development
  • pilot demonstration projects
  • training/technical support
  • research
  • public awareness
  • advocacy


  • In collaboration with the Minneapolis-based Search Institute, the RYASAP Clergy Connection is facilitating an innovative project in which diverse faith organizations are working together to build developmental assets in youth through training and network building among their youth workers.

  • The Safe Neighborhoods AmeriCorps partnership (SNAP), a collaborative of RYASAP and the Bridgeport Police Department, is a community service program designed to reduce crime, violence and fear in targeted high-risk neighborhoods in Bridgeport. Since 1994, the AmeriCorps Ambassadors between 18-35 years of age have logged more than 57,000 hours in service activities to promote and implement home security assessments and installations in targeted neighborhoods, promote physical environment improvements and to build partnerships with residents, institutions and organizations.

  • In partnership with the Center for Youth as Resources, RYASAP is implementing a program called YAR Promotes the Peace at Columbus School and Curiale School in Bridgeport. The program will help develop and fund youth-run community improvement and public safety projects in these two schools.


  • The partnership of RYASAP, Bridgeport Hospital and the Fairfield Health Department implement a comprehensive smoking cessation program, SMOKEFREE, targeted to women.

  • RYASAP is coordinating and promoting the MATCH (Mobolize Against Tobacco for Children's Health) and Healthy Homes initiatives in the region. A statewide program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, these initiatives are designed to educate Connecticut residents about the dangers of secondhand smoke and to make their homes smokefree.


  • RYASAP's Adolescent Treatment Committee specifically identifies gaps in services and plans and advocates for a comprehensive service delivery system for all young people or the region.

  • The Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center and RYASAP are co-leading the Integreated Service System Committee, working to improve intake, assessment and detoxification services for adults, and was instrumental in securing funding for the Greater Bridgeport region Drug Court.

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