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 to 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 increase substantially 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.
ACE is an after-school program that gives you a hands-on introduction to architecture, construction management, and engineering – careers you may consider if you are interested in designing and/or building just about everything around you, from schools, stadiums and concert halls to bridges, tunnels, shopping malls, parks, and more. The program matches you with ACE professionals, or mentors, who volunteer their time and energy. They show you where and how they work, the skills they use, and some of their projects under construction. They also help you design an actual project.
The NAACP's Afro–Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a year-long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
The Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative (HPPI) summer and academic year programs were developed to promote diversity in the health professions and is a formal educational consortium offering a comprehensive program of educational enrichment and support activities for underrepresented, disadvantaged, and first-generation students applying to medical and dental schools, graduate programs in biomedical sciences, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health programs. Program elements form a continuous pipeline for middle/junior high school, high school, and college-level students.
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. Programming are in the areas of: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.
Breakthrough New Haven offers academic enrichment and preparation for and placement into college preparatory high school programs to high potential middle school students (grades 7 and 8) from New Haven public and parochial schools.
The mission of Breakthru! is to provide youth and young adults the opportunity to be valued contributors in their community by effectively making their voice heard through advocacy, community organizing, and creative expression while supporting their educational,vocational, and life goals. Our services include educational services, creative arts, vocational services, life skills exposure, financial literacy, leadership programming, recreational activities, and positive social experiences.
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.
buildOn's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. In the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through afterschool programs and intensive community service. Internationally, buildOn works alongside local communities to build schools in some of the economically poorest countries, including Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Senegal, Malawi, and Mali. buildOn students travel to these villages to participate in school construction and be immersed in a different culture.
Carleton College is honored to host an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college-bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 50 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.
The Carver Center builds lifetime achievers of children and youth with the support of more than 400 volunteers reaching more than 4,000 individuals each year through a spectrum of educational, recreational, summer camp, after-school, and enrichment programs, as well as spring and fall national college tours.
The mission of Connecticut Ballet is the presentation of professional dance throughout Connecticut, the training of professional dancers, and the provision of arts-in-education opportunities to today’s youth - particularly those at-risk. Our educational programs operate under the title, Center For Dance Education. The programs include: after school extended day classes, outreach classes to youth at-risk, juvenile justice programs, and accelerated after school scholarships.
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 youth between the ages of 10 and 17, and provide educational, cultural community service learning and recreational programming at each site.
Through its Youth Program, ConnCAT is working with the New Haven and Hamden Public schools to replicate the award-winning Youth Development programs of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild model. ConnCAT after-school programs will be offered at no cost to public school students. Through the seven-week ConnCAT Summer Youth Arts Program, youth from the Greater New Haven area will be exposed to the artists, themes, social contexts, and political issues surrounding this defining era in American history. The purpose of this program is to saturate young people with arts in a manner that allows them to develop and express their ideas, concerns, and passions.
Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP) is an award-winning, not-for-profit organization founded in 1986 that has been recognized for education excellence with urban students. CPEP was designed and implemented to address the growing need to identify, inspire, and ignite the desire of under-represented youth to pursue careers in engineering. In 2003 CPEP received the Pre-College Program of the Year Golden Torch Award from the National Society of Black Engineers. In 2002, CPEP received the Presidential Award from the National Science Foundation for its Mentor Program with the New Haven Public Schools, Bayer Corporation, and Yale University. From our humble beginnings 25 years ago, operating from one school with 40 students, CPEP has grown to represent 11 school districts and 35 schools, directly touching the lives of over 900 students each year.
Coop Center for Creativity (CCC), located at 196-212 College Street, connects New Haven public high school students with creative talent located in New Haven–from writers, to artists, architects, designers and entrepreneurs. Through tutoring, mentoring, workshops and apprenticeships offered, we are creating opportunities for the next generation to assume leadership roles in the cultural life of our city.
The Depot is the Darien Youth Center run by and for students. The Depot offers a welcoming, relaxed, judgment-free, and safe home away from home while providing opportunities for personal growth, leadership development and community outreach and connections
Since 1972, Domus has helped thousands of our region’s most vulnerable youth 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.
Fairfield University Upward Bound is a federally funded program for college-bound high school students. Through comprehensive, holistic, co-curricular, and academic programs, the Fairfield University Upward Bound Program provides low-income, potential first-generation college students with the tools necessary to access postsecondary education as full participants. We support students as they push beyond barriers to college access by engaging them in tutoring, mentoring, academic instruction,
academic counseling, standardized testing classes, life skills workshops, cultural events, college visits, assistance with the college admissions and financial aid processes, financial literacy, career exploration, leadership development, and a summer residential program. All activities and services are provided at no cost to the students and their families.
Future 5 connects disconnected high school students to a better education and career path as well as a life-altering network of ongoing support. Our philosophy and community strengthens a student’s self-esteem through character building workshops, job preparation programs and one-on-one coaching. future 5 students develop the motivation and a game-plan for achievement in school and life.
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 was one of the founding members of the Girls Clubs of America; and is 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 Greater Hartford Male Youth Leadership Program (GHMYLP) is a highly structured and intense leadership experience designed to increase young men’s capacity to lead in multiple contexts–in their everyday lives, communities, and schools. In collaboration with community-based agencies, GHMYLP seeks to minimize educational, economic, and developmental disparities in African-American and Hispanic/Latino-American males through programs and curriculum designed to enhance and develop leadership and social skills.
The Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the city of Hartford by developing and implementing academic programs that increase college access for Hartford schoolchildren. HYSF's first initiative, The Steppingstone Academy Hartford, prepares highly motivated students for admission to and success at Connecticut's top independent high schools. By increasing educational opportunities, HYSF supports the development of a vibrant and productive community.
HEROS is a 501c3 non-profit with headquarters in Bridgeport, CT. We use workshops and community service projects to develop leadership skills in high school students. We expose them to life in remote villages in developing countries to help them to appreciate their opportunities as residents and citizens of the US. We achieve our leadership goals by delivering a year-round program that includes Leadership Workshops, Local Community Service Projects and International Service Learning Projects.
Founded in 2004, Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs (HHYEP) provides college preparation services to high school students, grade 9 through 12, and their families, throughout the New Haven and Fairfield Counties. We also provide technical assistance and professional development to school districts and community organizations.
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 Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by awarding scholarships and assisting students and their families in navigating the barriers to college access and completion.
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.
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.
LEAP’s (Leadership Education Athlectics Partnerships) 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.
LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) is a not–for–profit organization devoted to developing leaders for our nation by helping exceptional public high school students who come from underserved backgrounds gain admission to the country's leading colleges and universities.
The mission of Let’s Get Ready is to expand college access for motivated, low-income high school students by providing free SAT preparation and college admission counseling. Let’s Get Ready accomplishes this mission by mobilizing and training college student volunteers to be the "Coaches," mentors, and role-models who provide not only SAT instruction and college admissions guidance, but also the encouragement and inspiration students need to succeed.
The Mentoring for Academic Achievement and College Success (MAACS) program was developed in 1988 to address the high drop-out rate in the three Bridgeport, CT, public high schools and the low number of graduating seniors who were going on to college. MAACS is unique from other college access programs as it pairs high school students one-on-one with a college mentor.
Through the MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program, The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs offers three rigorous residential and online academic enrichment programs for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in
science and engineering. By submitting a MITES application, students are automatically considered for one of three academic enrichment opportunities: a one-week residential program, a six-week residential program, and a six-month online enrichment program.
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost–free to students, summer science and engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research
internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.
We are both a national and international organization that provides Latino young people with the structures and settings to envision themselves as future community leaders, practice their skills in leading and working with others, and engage in critical discussions to define their calling while preparing themselves for the mission of changing lives. Dedication to personal excellence, a strong belief in family and culture, and service to others are the core values and beliefs that drive the work of the Institute and embrace its vision.
The National Space Club Scholars Project is a summer intern experience for up to 30 high school students to work with space scientists and engineers. The purpose of this project is to provide students with an opportunity to experience how research and development organizations operate on a day– to-day basis in direct support of NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of explorers. Participants are
assigned to work with a technical professional in a field related to the student's stated interests and expertise. The available areas of interest include Earth and space systems science, computer science, and engineering.
Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping 14 to 24 year-old urban youth become economically independent adults. OPP's unique model is centered around the personal, intense and consistent relationship developed between each youth and a caring, committed and proactive adult staff member. That relationship helps participants identify and overcome barriers, access support services and programs, and achieve the goals of high school graduation, a college degree and/or vocational certification and rewarding post-education employment.
We welcome about 20 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.
QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of excellence. QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.
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.
Our core mission is to raise college and workplace preparedness among high school students living in underserved communities. Working with students as early as 8th grade, our Leadership Academies provide ongoing learning and development year after year to build students’ self-confidence and character, and ultimately success in other critical areas of their lives. As students progress through their high school years, the program focuses on activities and workshops that lead to college acceptance and prepare students for a workplace environment.
ReadySetLaunch is committed to providing no-cost, quality college advising to talented, financially disadvantaged high school students who are motivated to attend college. Through direct one-to-one mentoring, ReadySetLaunch seeks to level the playing field for the promising college-bound students of tomorrow.
The mission of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) is to be a catalyst in communities to ensure the safe and healthy development of youth, young adults, and families. RYASAP is an urban/suburban collaborative for solving community problems in greater Bridgeport and throughout Connecticut. RYASAP has programs in youth and young adult leadership development; juvenile justice advocacy and diversion; health promotion; training and replication; and human services and education systems and policy reform.
Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparatory program for high school students. The goal is to increase the rate at which students complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. It operates September through mid-August, ideally with students beginning the summer before their freshman year until their high school graduation. During the school year students attend individually tailored Saturday workshops held twice a month. During the summer, students attend a daily six week non-residential academic component. Classes operate from 8:30AM until 3:15PM. Students are provided with a hot lunch.
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 comprehensive supports, including: comprehensive tuition scholarship, year-long programming, mentoring, tutoring, and more.
University Access Programs seeks to support disadvantaged students who have potential to meet the challenges of higher education by strengthening and developing their academic and self-management skills. Its focus is to insure that participants in the program have a realistic chance to persist in school and graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree. To accomplish these objectives, University Access Programs provides services to enhance students' academic success, personal skills, and social skills. Providing services in these areas corresponds to the University’s mission to foster lifelong learning.
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
The High School STEP–UP provides hands-on summer research experience for high school students interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes; endocrinology; metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering, and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.
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, Connecticut, Solar Youth offers neighborhood-based, school-based and citywide 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.
The Upward Bound (UB) Program is a federally-funded TRIO program, which was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1965. Upward Bound prepares underserved and/or first-generation college-bound students in grades nine through twelve for success in high school, enrollment in college, and, ultimately, college graduation. All services are provided at no cost to participants. Students in the Upward Bound College Prep Program will participate in robust and rigorous learning experiences in and out of the classroom that will increase their academic achievement, cultural awareness, and knowledge of higher education. Five years from now each student will be academically prepared, emotionally matured, and on track to complete an undergraduate program of study.
This is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and researchers on a medically–oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program works to increase knowledge about the sciences and health professions, and offer guidance about the college admissions process to low-income and/or underrepresented minority students. To meet this goal, SMYSP offers a university-based five-week Summer Residential Program and school-based academic year health disparities curriculum.
Students will spend three weeks on the beautiful Stanford campus, living in residence. They will spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in history or philosophy, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions and activities in the afternoon.
During their third week, students will work closely with their professors, graduate students, and writing mentors to produce original research projects. These papers present an opportunity for students to use what they have learned at Stanford to develop their own answers to the central questions that are addressed by the humanities.
The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four-day conference at Stanford University. High school students from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation.
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.
Ages: 16 and over
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side–by–side some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.
Ages: 15 and over
This program is designed to provide high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with meaningful research experiences and mentorship in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Each year up to 50 NIDA research investigators offer their labs and their time for eight to ten weeks to mentor up to 60 students interested in drug abuse research.
Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the histories, politics, and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.
A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.
Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Talent Search projects serve young people in grades six through 12. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. Find programs near you by state or district.
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Upward Bound helps youth prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Find programs near you by state or district.
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Upward Bound Math and Science helps students from low-income families to strengthen math and science skills. In addition, students learn computer technology as well as English, foreign language and study skills. Find programs near you by state or district.
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 postsecondary education appropriate for them. All activities and services are free of charge.
UConn Early College Experience (ECE) is an opportunity for students to take UConn courses while still in high school. Every UConn ECE course is equivalent to the same course at the University of Connecticut. There are approximately fifty courses in over twenty disciplines made available to partner high schools. Courses are taught on the high school campus by high school instructors who have been certified as adjunct faculty members by the University of Connecticut. UConn ECE students benefit by taking college courses in a familiar setting with an instructor they know. Courses offered through UConn ECE are approximately one-tenth of the cost in comparison to taking the same course on a UConn campus.
The University of Connecticut’s TRiO Upward Bound/ConnCAP Program is an intensive, year-round academic program whose mission is to assist students in grades 9-12 in the successful completion of high school and to prepare them for postsecondary education by providing them with rigorous and nurturing academic courses as well as culturally enriching activities.
The Urban League of Greater Hartford’s Center for Education and Youth provides educational training for youth and adults to enable them to achieve educational, occupational, and economic equality. We offer family literacy training to parents and caregivers, GED preparation, basic skills training, and career/college transition services for youth and adults.
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers.
The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high–achieving youth attending secondary schools. It was founded with an aim to develop a cadre of brilliant leaders/activist scholars with a commitment to contributing their talents for the betterment of others by solving major problems facing our society.
Wesleyan's Upward Bound Math-Science and Collaborative Programs prepare hundreds of local youth (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 application, and financial application processes during the school year.
The Western Connecticut State University Pre-Collegiate and Access Programs include the following programs: ConnCAP/Upward Bound, Excel, and Educational Achievement & Access Program (EAP). The ConnCAP/Upward Bound Program is a year-round, college preparatory program serving 120 Danbury High School students from grades 9 through 12. The Excel Program is a middle-school (Broadview and Rogers Park) feeder program serving 60 students, in grades 7 and 8, for the ConnCAP/Upward Bound Program. The Educational Achievement & Access Program is a year-round academic enhancement program serving underprivileged college students.
Westminster School Crossroads Cooperative Learning Program’s (WCLP) mission is to serve the needs of students from Hartford, especially Hartford Public High School (HPHS). The program attempts to identify
students before their sophomore year and to support them through graduation, as well as after, if necessary. WCLP uses a three-pronged approach: summer academic enrichment, after-school meetings, and career and college counseling.
The Yale summer SCHOLAR program brings 100 high school students from New Haven and West Haven Public Schools to live and study science for two weeks on Yale campus. The goal is to prepare motivated and academically promising students for success in college and to strengthen their ability to pursue science majors and careers.
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.
YDTRC (Youth Development Training and Resource Center) seeks to connect as many young people as possible with leadership opportunities. If you are a teenager looking for a way to make a difference and gain leadership skills along the way, we can help you find the right activities for your interests and skills. Whether you’re interested in working directly with YDTRC or with other organizations in the community, don’t hesitate to call.
Youth Rights Media (YRM) is a New Haven, Connecticut-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth to know, protect and advance their rights. Through the production of media projects across various platforms, we teach youth not merely technical skills but how to harness the power of their own voice and share it with their communities. Youth are trained in facilitation, public speaking, media literacy and creation. Community screenings of student work are youth-led and include group discussion with the young media-makers. Participation in YRM’s programs is free for youth; stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis.