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2023 Norwalk ACTS Impact Report

Norwalk ACTS is a Collective Impact partnership that brings people together in a structured way to achieve social change. Collective Impact is rooted in the belief that no single entity alone can create large-scale, lasting social change.

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/ Social Emotional Health & Out of School Time

/ GOALS

A community-wide response is needed to strengthen collaboration and alignment among schools,

youth-serving organizations, community-based providers, and the Norwalk community to increase

quality relationships and connections for Norwalk youth.

• Increase community-wide mental health literacy through prevention and wellness initiatives

• Build and reinforce skills to improve relationships for youth-serving adults, CBOs, and providers

through training in developmental relationships, restorative practices, trauma Informed care,

and cultural competency as it pertains to at-risk groups

• Increase access and opportunities for youth connections, programming, and pro-social activities

/ COMMUNITY-LEVEL OUTCOME INDICATORS

41% reduction in feeling sad/depressed

over a 2+week period from 2021

2018 2021 2022

Grades 7, 9, 11

(n=1,976)

20%

Depressed

(sad or hopeless)*

Grades 7 – 12

(n=2,289)

39%

Depressed

(sad or hopeless)

Grades 7 – 12

(n=3,992)

23%

Depressed

(sad or hopeless)

Source: Norwalk Youth Survey 2018, 2021, 2022

* Asked about past month in 2018, and past year in 2021 and 2022.

15% reduction in suicidal ideation

2018 2021 2022

Grades 7, 9, 11

(n=1,976)

14%

Attempted

Suicide

Grades 7 – 12

(n=2,289)

12.5%

Considered

Suicide

6%

Attempted

Suicide

Source: Norwalk Youth Survey 2018, 2021, 2022

Grades 7 – 12

(n=3,992)

10.6%

Considered

Suicide

6%

Attempted

Suicide

Students report increase connections to peers and friends, adults, community, and school

Lack of Connectedness

2021

Grades 7 — 12

(n=2,550)

Agree/Strongly

Agree

I feel connected to my friends

I feel connected to the other kids at school

39%

83%

I feel connected to my teachers

56%

2022

Grades 7 — 12

(n=3,992)

Agree/Strongly

Agree

I feel connected to my friends

I feel connected to the other kids at school

49.5%

89.7%

I feel connected to my teachers

56%

Source: Norwalk Youth Survey 2021, 2022

* Agree and Strongly Agree were reported as separate responses but have been grouped in this chart for comparison purposes.

Youth who can identify one or more trusted adult or peer who they can speak openly with

One or More Trusted Adults

32%

Number of Adults Youth Report Talking Openly To

2022

Grades 7 — 12

(n=3,992)

23.9%

16.9%

11%

6%

4%

17.9% selected “none of these” (n=488)

2% .7% .7% .3% .3% .8% .7%

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Source: Norwalk Youth Survey 2022

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