Barbara Dalio leads Dalio Philanthropies’ public education initiative. She is passionate about engaging with educators, community leaders, and young people to build meaningful relationships and design solutions to achieve greater equity across Connecticut.

Barbara believes in the intrinsic abilities of young people who are often overlooked and underserved and recognizes that solutions will come from young people themselves, as well as from educators, leaders, and communities. Collaboration can serve as an energizing force for positive youth outcomes in Connecticut.

Barbara spends a lot of time visiting public schools and communities across Connecticut to listen and learn about needs and opportunities. Dalio Philanthropies partners with a number of organizations that support public school teachers, including, Fund For Teachers, and Lincoln Center Education. Every year, Dalio Philanthropies benefits hundreds of Connecticut teachers by giving them resources to pursue their ideas and professional passions.

Dalio Philanthropies also seeks to make a positive difference for youth, families, and communities through a holistic whole child approach in partnership with public schools and non-profit organizations. Dalio Philanthropies works with Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic to provide mental health services for students and their families, and with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to help students succeed in their social, emotional, and academic development.

Additionally, Barbara and her team have initiated the Connecticut Opportunity Project: a collaborative endeavor to unleash the untapped potential of young people who are disengaged or disconnected from high schools in Connecticut. Today, 39,000 or 22 percent of high school-aged youth are disengaged or disconnected from school in the state. Through the Opportunity Project, educators, non-profit leaders, youth counselors, mentors, mayors, and young people have joined together to develop innovative solutions to improve the life opportunities and educational outcomes of youth in Connecticut. To learn more, please visit:

Barbara works with public school districts in her capacity as co-founder of the Connecticut RISE Network to help all students realize and achieve their full potential. RISE supports teachers, counselors, school leaders, and district administrators working in school systems across the state to build community, share innovations, and improve systems to advance shared goals for high school students. Through collaboration, RISE has increased Grade 9 on-track rates by nearly 10 percentage points over the last three years and more than 15 points for English learners and special education students – nearly tripling their likelihood of graduating from high school on-time. To learn more, please visit:

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