The New Haven Free Public Library will have a delayed opening at noon on Thursday, April 25, 2024 for staff development.

For Teens in New Haven

New Haven Youth Services Dept. offers events and programs to support youth in the community in a variety of ways.

New Haven LGBTQ Youth Taskforce, a group that meets monthly and addresses issues related to LGBTQ+ youth experiences and support in the community.

New Haven Pride Center hosts the exciting pride events in New Haven in September along with fantastic and fun programs for teens all year round.

New Haven City Calendar of Events helps you stay in the know about what events and meetings are happening in your city.

Parks and Recreation Pool Schedule Do you like to swim? Several high schools offer open swimming hours for free to youth and the community; scroll down their page to locate hours.

New Haven International Arts & Ideas Festival The New Haven event of the year features amazing artists and thinkers of our time who give great performances to inspire and engage during a multi-week extravaganza.

New Haven YMCA Youth Center provides child care, recreation and learning opportunities for youth from age 3 to 23 and offers walk-in programs for recreation, open basketball and support.

New Haven Boys & Girls Club offers after school activities and sports programs for kids and teens.

Solar Youth Check out their fun and active after school program, not to mention fantastic teen internships, all centered around the outdoors!

Do you want to get involved? Check out Do Something and get resources for taking action in your community and beyond!

Getting Help

Youth Continuum provides emergency, residential, and community services for youth in need.

Anchor Health Initiative is a health clinic located in Hamden, CT that offers free STI/STD screening for people in the LGBTQ+ community.

Questions about sex? Relationships? Your Body? Your Gender? and answers to so much more can be found at Sex Etc., at Planned Parenthood resources for Teens, at Love is Respect, and at I Wanna Know.

211 website for a variety of relevant local information for teens in need. Food, shelter, someone to talk to…you can find a listing of people to contact here.

Are you feeling hopeless, lonely, or sad? It is okay to ask for help. I’m Alive is a suicide prevention website that offers chat and support for teens and students in need. Reach out today.

The National Domestic Abuse Hotline is a site for anyone needing help and support getting out of abusive relationships. The offer a free hotline and resources to help you get information for you and your loved ones.

The National Runaway Safeline works directly with youth needing assistance to leave abusive living situations. If you need help, reach out.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline provides free chat and hotline for those needing help. The site also offers free information and resources to survivors and family members alike.

If you, a friend or family member identifies as LGBRQIA+ then please reach out to the Trevor Project. They offer chat, text and a hotline to get you in touch with someone who can help.

The National Eating Disorders Association offers help through online chat and a hotline, while also offering a screening tool for those who aren’t sure, and friends and family looking to get help for a loved one.


Do you have questions about voting? Your vote counts and your voice matters, and Rock the Vote can help! Know your rights and get involved today.

VotoLatino wants to help the latinx community know what is on their ballots, know their rights and get out and vote! You can get involved with this org today.

Do you have questions related to current events and politics? Get informed with BallotPedia, and get to know what is on your ballot.

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to get community service hours for school? Just want to help out around the New Haven Community? Check out the select resources below for ways to get involved in your community! To see more resources, check out the Full Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Check out New Haven Promise for their scholarship community service requirements and list of volunteer locations.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the New Haven Free Public Library. Currently, all of our volunteer positions are filled and we are not accepting any applications at this time. If you have any questions about volunteering, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 203-946-8129.

Food & Housing

Columbus House
Contact: 203-401-4400

Habitat for Humanity
Contact: 203-785-0794 ext.10
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old

Casa Otoñal
Contact: 203-773-9849

Health & Other Human Services

Yale New Haven Hospital
Contact: 203-668-2298 (York Street) or 203-789-3480 (Saint Raphael Campus)

United Way of Greater New Haven
Contact: 203-772-2010

New Haven Pride Center
Contact: 203-387-2252

Arts & Education

Contact: [email protected]

New Haven Reads
Contact: 203-752-1923
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old

New Haven Museum and Historical Society
Contact: 203-562-4182 x19

Outdoors & Other Year-round Opportunities

Bradley Street Bicylce Co-op
Read volunteer section of FAQ to learn more

Urban Resources Initiative
Contact: (203) 432-6189

New Haven Parks & Rec
Contact: 203-946-8020

New Haven Climate Movement
Contact: [email protected]


Save the Sound
Contact: 203-787-0646

Gather New Haven
Contact: 203-562-6655

International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Contact: 888-278-4332

A great general volunteer opportunity search resource, Volunteer Match has listings for volunteers in over 100 different agencies in New Haven. If the opportunities above don’t seem like a good match for you, try using this website to find something you’re passionate about!