The 100 Black Men of America trains its members, who are all volunteers, using a curriculum entitled, "Mentoring the 100 Way," which stresses the long-term commitment required and teaches effective and innovative mentoring concepts. The 100 Black Men has expanded over the decades from classroom and school-based mentoring programs to community mentoring and deploying our mentoring concept in schools run by the 100. While improving educational achievement is a significant goal of our mentoring efforts, Mentoring the 100 Way focuses on developing our mentees from elementary school to career.
A Better Chance is the oldest and only national organization of its kind changing the life trajectory for academically talented youth of color via access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities for students in grades 6–12. Our mission is to substantially increase the number of well–educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. We carry out our mission through our signature College Preparatory Schools Program, which annually recruits, refers, and supports about 500 Scholars at more than 300 Member Schools in 27 states.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow, all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence. Our Clubs serve millions of boys and girls, with thousands of Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Program areas include: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness, and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.
The Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders mission is to provide youth with diverse sports, educational, and community awareness programs that foster physical, intellectual, and social development. In eight years BCYL has expanded the services offered to children in the Greater Bridgeport area to include sports, education, and community programs. Some of the services provided in the sports arena include baseball, fall baseball, basketball and baseball clinics, girls’ softball, basketball, and cheerleading. In the area of education, we have a Power Reading Program, as well as an academy which prepares high school students for their SAT’s. In 2008, a high school and college scholarship program was established, and fives scholarships have been awarded to date.
The mission of Capitol Squash is to empower youth of Hartford to reach their potential as athletes, students, and engaged citizens. Beginning in elementary school and extending through high school graduation, each Capitol Squash student will have a minimum of two weekday afternoon ‘practices’ a week – with one hour of squash and one hour of academic tutoring–and one weekend practice. They will also complete at least 10 hours of community service, participate in academic and athletic programs during the summer, and be matched with adult mentors who will serve as role models.
Our Youth Arts Institute serves over 1,000 of Hartford’s inner-city children with completely free before-school, during-school, after-school, weekend, and summer arts and literacy-based programming, as well as free nutritious meals and snacks. Our Youth Arts Institute classes offer a wide variety of experiences in the arts that allow students the opportunity to experiment and find a medium that speaks to them. Many of our class offerings blend one or more discipline in the arts, allowing the students to benefit from a hybrid of mediums and techniques. Our programs focus on how the arts relate to other subjects such as reading, writing, science, and math, which sharpens their skills in all of these subjects. By creating a positive association with learning through fun, creative activities, the students readily integrate what they learn into their daily lives.
COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Inc., offers positive youth development programs five days a week throughout the year to support, extend, and enhance students’ academic success in a seamless transition. We serve more than 600 youths between the ages of 10 and 17, and provide educational, cultural, community service learning, and recreational programming at each site.
Since 1972, Domus has helped thousands of our region’s most vulnerable youths experience success. Our goal for the young people we serve is to create the conditions necessary for them to get on a path toward health and opportunity so they can engage and succeed in school and ultimately have satisfying and productive lives. In order to help our youth stay in school and catch up academically so they can achieve the important milestone of high school graduation, Domus focuses on three interventions: high-quality remedial academic instruction; effective out-of-school-time programming; and support in overcoming non-academic barriers to academic success.
Girls Incorporated of Southwestern Connecticut (GISWCT), whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, was established in 1864 as the first Girls Club in the U.S. In 1945, it was one of the founding members of the Girls Clubs of America. GISWCT is also an affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization. In 2006, the Girls Inc.’s of Greenwich and Greater Waterbury merged to form Girls Inc. of SWCT, which has a strong network of girls’ communities across Fairfield County and the Naugatuck Valley.
The Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury has been in existence since 1988, providing needed services as identified by our community. We provide these services through advocacy, collaboration, and creating self-sustaining entities to enhance the well-being of our Hispanic family. Our agency currently operates five programs: Cultural Arts Academy Program, DDS/Direct Care Program, Entre Familia Program, Mi Vida-Tu Futuro/Youth Leadership, and Case Management Program. These programs encompass a wide variety of activities from after school programming, case management services, intensive respite care, and referral services.
The Horizons National Student Enrichment Program is an organization which links independent schools with nearby public schools in their communities. Horizons at Greens Farms Academy helps students improve their educational outcomes by providing academic instruction, enrichment opportunities, mentoring, and educational guidance in a nurturing community of dedicated professionals. Horizons operates its pre-K–8 grade program for six weeks over the summer and on Saturdays during the school year. High School students are provided weekly one-on-one academic coaching sessions and a two-week summer program.
The Horizons National Student Enrichment Program is an organization which links independent schools with nearby public schools in their communities. Horizons builds brighter futures for K–12 students from low-income families by creating year-round academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities, nurturing potential, cultivating a safe and supportive community, and inspiring individual dreams.
Jumpstart’s research-based, cost-effective program trains college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through our proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on the path for lifelong success.
LEAP’s (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership) mission is to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who implement year-round, community and school-based programming designed to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for children living in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods.
Through the permanent residency of the Haven String Quartet, Music Haven provides world-class performances and tuition-free after-school education programs that build long-term relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in four high-poverty Empowerment Zone neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. All after-school programs, including string instruments, are completely tuition-free and are open to youths who reside in the Dixwell, Hill, Dwight, or Newhallville neighborhoods of New Haven.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center develops, delivers, and sponsors a number of programs for K–12 students that apply the STEM teaching and learning "best practice" models promoted as part of its core mission. These programs are designed to inspire, educate, and engage students in STEM learning and the possible careers available to those that pursue that learning.
REACH Prep helps motivated and talented Black and Latino students from under-served communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties and The Bronx gain admission to–and thrive in–competitive independent schools. Upon placement, students benefit from a twelve-year educational continuum, including comprehensive academic enrichment, leadership training, and supplementary individual and family guidance, which prepares them to succeed at competitive colleges.
Say Yes to Education, Inc. is a national non-profit committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation’s inner-city youth. We provide a wide range of supports, including: comprehensive tuition scholarships, year-long programming, mentoring, and tutoring.
Solar Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing opportunities for young people to develop a positive sense of self and connection and commitment to others through programs that incorporate environmental exploration, leadership, and community service. Located in New Haven, CT, Solar Youth offers neighborhood-based, school-based, and city-wide programs for youth of all ages.
Squash Haven provides individually directed academic enrichment and squash instruction to New Haven public school students in fifth grade through high school. Through intensive, tuition-free academic and squash sessions at Yale University, Squash Haven supports New Haven youth to achieve school success, physical fitness, athletic excellence, and access to compelling academic and summer opportunities.
Fairfield University offers fun and learning for children of all ages. Programs are offered in the areas of: academics, arts and recreation, computers, film, and sports. All instructors are fully qualified and many classes use the University's state-of-the-art sports, education, and physical activity facilities.
The University of Bridgeport Educational Talent Search program currently serves 800 students in the Bridgeport school system. The objective of this program is to help encourage qualified students to continue their education beyond high school. The major goals of the program are to help program participants explore their college and career opportunities and actually enter a form of post-secondary education appropriate for them. All activities and services are free-of-charge.
Wesleyan's Upward Bound Math-Science and Collaborative Programs prepare hundreds of local youths (from elementary school to high school) for college and strengthens their math and science skills by providing rigorous academic summer experiences, as well as ongoing academic enrichment and tutorial support, college visits, and assistance with prep school, college, and financial aid application processes during the school year.
Yale University has a special commitment to education and New Haven's youth. The University makes its world-class laboratories, courses, and talented faculty, students, and staff available to encourage young scientists and engineers. Many of our programs are exploratory and inquiry-based, making them particularly engaging for students. Gaining research experience in a Yale University laboratory, examining specimens at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and watching a planetarium demonstration are just some of the science experiences your students can have through our programs.
Because of our educational mission, Yale has a strong commitment to public education and dedicates substantial resources to strengthen K–12 education in New Haven. Each summer, over 600 New Haven young people participate in free, full-day academic and athletic programs at Yale University. The Yale museums are also open in the summer and offer programming for adults and young people.
Because of our educational mission, Yale has a strong commitment to public education and dedicates substantial resources to strengthen K–12 education in New Haven. These resources include: facilities, courses, and the talents and services of faculty, students, and staff. Throughout the school year, there are numerous Yale-sponsored academic, mentoring, and athletic programs in which New Haven youth participate. Yale College academic courses are also made available for credit, at no charge, to New Haven high school students.
Founded in 1966, Youth Continuum has worked with the at-risk youth population since its inception. We serve over 1,000 young people annually with comprehensive services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk teens and young adults. Currently, Youth Continuum operates the most extensive homeless youth outreach program in New Haven, which includes a street outreach program, an emergency shelter, and a multitude of services at our Drop-In Center and our MacMullen Educational Training and Enrichment Center. In addition, we have a variety of transitional living programs in the greater New Haven region that are available to youth throughout the state. Another part of this continuum includes our therapeutic residences, which provide 24-hour programming and serve a wide range of youth within the child welfare, parole, and probation systems.