The Youth Action Affinity Squad held its official launch on November 10th at the Arroyo Recreation Center in Pope Park. The purpose of the launch was to connect youth from various organizations to spark authentic relationships, build skills and knowledge around youth rights, and unveil the Youth Action Affinity Squad platform.


Students from youth organizations like Grow Hartford, True Colors, CT Students for a Dream, Institute for Community Research, Peacebuilders, and YOUMedia were in attendance, as well as students with no organizational affiliation. We were joined by Melvin Medina from the ACLU who shared information on the drone ordinance currently moving through City Council, Jennifer Perez-Carabillo, Councilwoman Claudine Fox’s aide, and CT Students for a Dream shared a “Know Your Rights” workshop.


The convening has already resulted in being able to gather students in between YAAS meetings to organize, prepare, and testify at a City Council meeting. We are looking forward to seeing the impact we can have as we continue to grow youth political power in the city of Hartford!