Meriden, Middlesex, Wallingford Region
Youth Engagement Team Initiative

Youth Engagement Team Initiatives (YETIs) are the regional work groups that bring together partners working in youth and housing services to end youth homelessness in Connecticut. They are also responsible for organizing and implementing their region’s Youth Count.

YETIs are open to the public to join! We welcome your contribution to helping end youth homelessness in the Meriden, Middlesex, Wallingford Region. The YETI is composed of homeless service providers, youth services agencies, McKinney-Vento Liaisons, members of the Department of Children and Families, Department of Education, and Department of Mental Health and Addition Services, as well as advocacy groups in the region and youth with lived experience.

View the YETI leader contacts to get involved in your community/region.


The goal of the Meriden, Middlesex, Wallingford Youth Engagement Team Initiative, or YETI, is to organize the community to bring together partners and stakeholders and create a plan to end youth homelessness by 2020. Youth and young adults, between the ages of 14-24, can be one of the most difficult populations to engage but also the most vulnerable.

In connection with this goal, the Meriden, Middlesex, Wallingford YETI is responsible for organizing and operationalizing the region’s annual Youth Count! To read more about the Youth Count, click here.

Helping Youth Get Housing 

If you are a youth or young adult struggling with homelessness and housing instability in the Meriden, Middlesex, Wallingford region call 2-1-1 and connect with them for assistance. You can also visit for information on resources in your area.

If you are aware of any youth who need housing, you can assist the individual by calling 2-1-1 with them. A representative from 2-1-1 will assist the individual with the next steps in securing shelter and housing.

Additional Resources

Meriden, Middlesex, Wallingford Regional Needs Assessment

Meriden, Middlesex, Wallingford Regional Data from the 2017 Youth Count! 

2017 CT Youth Count Data

USICH Guidelines for Ending Youth Homelessness

More Information and Resources on Youth Engagement Team Initiatives & the Youth Count