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Youth Opportunity

The Youth Opportunity Zone initiative works for the betterment of the youth in our community. We emphasize youth leadership within our committee, as they have an invaluable perspective on the realities that impact equitable youth health.

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Why focus on youth opportunity within Cranston?


of teens report providing translation for families - creating school/ home barriers


of adults do not have a high school diploma or equivalent


mentioned not enough affordable after school activities

What We're Working On


Youth Leadership

The YOZ recognizes youth's invaluable perspective on the realities of growing up in Cranston, so we must have youth members in our subcommittee. Also, being on this committee is an excellent opportunity for teens to gain real-world experience in community engagement - and earn community service hours towards graduating high school!

What We've Done

Objective 1: Increase access to out-of-school time activities

Strategies: Hold a Summer Scholarship series

Impact Area(s): Educational opportunities for youth

Outcome/ Evaluation: Scholarships were provided to 15 kids for 5 different kids (STEM, Environment, Movement, Arts)

Partners: Cranston Park & Rec Department, Camp XL, STEM Academy, Cranston YMCA, Global Science and Envirotech, Inc.

Objective 2: Promote race equity through reading

Strategies: Organize a 'Brown Dad, Brown Boy, Brown Basketball' reading event

Impact Area(s): Race equity, improving reading levels

Outcome/ Evaluation: 30 children and their parents participated in the reading event

Partners: Justin Lester (author of 'Brown Dad, Brown Boy, Brown Basketball)

Want to get involved with this initiative?

Our Proud Backbone Agency
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Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) is proud to be the backbone agency for the Cranston Health Equity Zone. CCAP is one of Rhode Island’s largest organizations dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. We provide a wide spectrum of services and benefits that are designed to help those in immediate need and empower anyone desiring to become more self-sufficient.

For a full list of CCAP programs and services, please visit here.

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Main Office

1090 Cranston Street

Cranston, RI 02920

(401) 714 - 7004

Family Support Center

70 Gansett Avenue

Cranston, RI 02920

(401) 642- 7595

Staff not always in office. Please call ahead.

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The OneCranston Health Equity Zone is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

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