NEW BRITAIN - The American Savings Foundationâ€™s board of directors recently announced almost $500,000 in grants to support youth-oriented programs over the coming school year.
The announcement comes on the heels of a recent Community Needs Assessment done by Klingberg Family Centers and the Coalition for New Britain Youth, which found that 49 percent of middle school students say they are involved in local youth programs.
The grants will go to 10 after-school and youth development programs in different parts of the city.
â€śThis recent Community Needs Assessment shows that there are still challenges facing the middle-school age group, who are at a critical age as they transition from childhood to becoming young adults,â€ť said Maria Sanchez, director of grant making and community investment at the American Savings Foundation. â€śBut with more young people engaged in high-quality after-school programs and with the support of the Coalition for New Britain Youth, the city is working together to provide opportunities for all youth and their families, as a community.â€ť
The board of directors approved funding for the following programs in the 2017-18 school year:
nâ€Š$34,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain for its SMART Girls program, a youth development program that helps girls develop self-esteem and confidence to help them make healthy choices.
nâ€Š$150,000 to the city for its Exercise the Right Choice program, an after-school program that focuses on academic assistance, recreation and cultural arts.
nâ€Š$25,000 to the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program for its after-school program at Slade, DiLoreto and Pulaski middle schools. This program is focused on science, technology, engineering and math.
nâ€Š$50,000 to the Human Resources Agency of New Britain for a financial literacy program for high school students.
nâ€Š$15,000 to New Britain ROOTS for the Gaffney Gardening Club, which teaches students about subjects such as botany and measurement; and for the Growing Green program, which partners with the STRIVE program to support activities such as gardening and food entrepreneurship.
nâ€Š$23,092 to New Britain Youth Museums for its Sisters in Science after school program, which encourages girls to explore STEM careers.
nâ€Š$80,000 to Opportunities Industrialization Center for its Moving Mountains Sullivan Academy, a comprehensive youth development program that helps middle school students develop the skills they need as they transition to high school.
nâ€Š$30,000 to the Police Athletic League of New Britain for its Becoming PALS program, a program that combines homework time, physical wellness, career exploration and technology, with promoting positive mentoring relationships between youth and local police officers.
nâ€Š$20,000 to the YWCA of New Britain for its House of Teens program, which helps high school girls develop the self-esteem and confidence to make healthy choices.
nâ€Š$70,000 to the YWCA of New Britain for its STRIVE program, which focuses on teen pregnancy and school drop-out prevention for middle-school girls.