NEW BRITAIN - The American Savings Foundationâ€™s Board of Directors recently announced $313,000 in grants for New Britain-area programs.
They include thousands of dollars for summer youth programs. The ASF awarded $75,000 for a summer youth employment program that operates as a partnership between Pathways/Senderos, Opportunities Industrialization Center and the YWCA of New Britain.
The program will serve 40 14- and 15-year-olds and an additional 15 pregnant and parenting teens.
According to the ASF, the program provides teenagers with employment skills development and job readiness training.
â€śThis program is aligned with the American Savings Foundationâ€™s investment in after school programs for middle school-age youth,â€ť said Maria Sanchez, the ASFâ€™s director of grantmaking and community investment. â€śThese teens are typically too old for summer camp, but not yet ready for summer jobs. This program gives them the opportunity to develop key workforce readiness skills as part of a rich summer experience.â€ť
The foundation also supports summer programs with the goal of reducing summer learning loss, including the school districtâ€™s Summer Enrichment Experience Program.
The ASF awarded $50,000 to SEE, a program for students in grades 1-3 that combines traditional morning classroom experiences with afternoon activities provided by local organizations.
The afternoon activities are designed to reinforce literacy concepts taught during the classroom period.
The foundation also awarded $40,000 for the Summer SEE middle school program, which is operated jointly by the YWCA of New Britain and OIC.
The program is designed to help students develop skills that will prepare them for success as they transition into middle school.
Other grants announced included:
n$6,000 to Berlin High School for Berlin UpBeat, a series of leadership development workshops for students who plan and implement community service projects.
n$15,000 to the Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut for the Family Literacy Program, which provides ESL and GED classes for parents and programming for their children which encourages reading together at home.
n$20,000 to Love146 to provide direct services to youth who have been victims of sexual exploitation and/or trafficking.
n$55,000 to the New Britain Museum of American Art for the Free Saturday Program, which provides childrenâ€™s arts programming and free admission on Saturday mornings.
n$5,000 to the New Britain Youth Museum for the Sisters in Science summer program, which encourages girls to explore STEM careers.
n$15,000 for the New Britain Symphony Community Concert Series to underwrite this seasonâ€™s spring concerts including the Young Peopleâ€™s Concert.
n$5,000 to the New Britain Youth Theater for its year-round theater arts programs, the â€śKids on Stage!â€ť and â€śTeen Companyâ€ť youth theater companies.
n$12,000 for the Plainville ARC summer program Camp Trumbull, which provides summer programming and respite care for children with developmental disabilities.
n$15,000 to the Plainville Community Food Pantry for the Backpack Program, a program which provides school supplies to children in economic need throughout the school year.