To provide general operating support for this organization, which conducts research and advocates policy reforms to improve the lives of Connecticut’s children and families. Connecticut Voices analyzes the state’s budget, policies and practices and issues policy briefs on a variety of issues, such as health, education, family economic security, and youth justice, recommending reforms it believes will benefit citizens. A fellowship program offers recent college graduates deep experience with hands-on policy work in the areas of youth justice, foster care, mental health, and education. The fellows are given opportunities to testify before the Connecticut General Assembly, serve as lead authors and media contacts on a Connecticut Voices report; speak at public forums; propose and assist in the drafting of legislation; represent the agency at meetings with high-level administrators, legislators and other advocates, and interview experts and system-involved youth. The fellows are trained to be life-long advocates and leaders.