Needs Assessment

CSYA is conducting a comprehensive assessment of the needs of Louisville’s disconnected or “opportunity” youth, 16 to 24 years, that looks beyond statistics to understand the systemic barriers preventing Louisville’s young people from reaching their goals.  The project is an interactive process – youth, program providers, community leaders, educators, employers and others are invited to get involved! 


Collect the Youth Voice – CSYA is scheduling focus groups and conducting online surveys of youth and young adults who are not in school or work. Share this link to the survey or contact Cassandra Webb to schedule a focus group.

Fiscal Mapping – Participate in the inventory of the local, state, federal and private funding that are currently supporting services for Louisville’s disconnected youth. Contact Elizabeth Senn-Alvey to set up an interview.


By January, 2018, CSYA will report the project results in two formats: a video documenting the goals, assets and challenges of Louisville’s youth and young adults, as they describe them; and a report that summarizes the data collected from youth, the fiscal resources committed to serving vulnerable youth and young adults, and recommendations that close gaps in services.



Project Administrator – Elizabeth Senn-Alvey

Research Coordinator – Cassandra Webb

Research Advisor – Stacy Deck, PhD

Fiscal Mapping Coordinator – Erin Smith

Research Assistants – LaDonna Kennedy, Midaya Marshall, and TreyVon Neely


Accounting for Opportunity – New Orleans

Policy Priorities for Transitional Age Youth – San Francisco

Youth Voice Project – Boston


Louisville’s Coalition Supporting Young Adults grows stronger with each new member, volunteer or supporter. Join the movement to transform the way we assist our community’s struggling youth and young adults.

Join CSYA Louisville today!