Truancy Project


The goal of the Truancy Intervention Project was to improve school attendance for New Britain middle school students experiencing excessive absenteeism through the intervention of attorney volunteers who served as advocates and role models for the students.  The Project was funded primarily through grants from the American Savings Foundation and the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Invaluable support for the Project was also provided by Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., the Children’s Law Center of Connecticut, Inc., and the Connecticut Bar Association. Between the Project’s inception in 2006 and April of 2016, 160 children were enrolled and 137 advocates were trained as volunteers. In 2015, 54% of enrolled students improved their attendance and were no longer categorized as chronically absent.