Jason W. Bartlett serves as Director of Youth Services and Liaison to the New Haven Board of Education, Office of the Mayor. Jason is entrusted with directing all policy surrounding youth in New Haven, coordinating and sustaining youth development agencies and developing programming for New Haven’s youth.
In addition, Jason serves as the Mayoral representative to the New Haven Board of Education on educational policy, serving as a catalyst for effecting policy within New Haven Public Schools.
Jason is also the founder and Co-Chair of Youth Stat, the City’s flagship program that reengages disaffected and gang affiliated youth. Recognized by the White House Innovation Fund, Youth Stat uses a strength-based approach that coordinates wraparound services and interventions to assist young people academically and within the community to lesson violence.
In his short tenure as Director of Youth Services, Jason can boast of many accomplishments. Those that stand out in his portfolio are: the Citywide [CB3B] CT Big 3 Ballout! [formerly Hoop It Up!] 3x3 Basketball Tournaments; the implementation of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative; and the visionary for The ESCAPE Teen Center and The Situation Youth Homeless Shelter, which will open Summer 2017.
Jason is a respected public servant, who has spent many years as an entrepreneur, community activist, political strategist and former State Legislator. He has spearheaded school reform efforts throughout his tenure in office as a Connecticut legislator, most notable: is his signature legislation allowing the age for dropping out of school to be raised from 16 to 17 years of age. He continues to serve as an advocate for homelessness and a voice for the youth.
Jason resides in New Haven with his partner Harold and has two children, Sam 28 and Kie 26.
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