American Savings Foundation grants to go to 14 New Britain youth programs

Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:03
Written by Michelle France


NEW BRITAIN - The American Savings Foundation has selected 14 city-based youth programs to receive more than $562,000 in grants.

Recipients were chosen based on their contributions to providing positive youth development experiences in and out of school. More than 8,000 students will benefit from the programs during the coming school year, according to a release.

“Awarding these grants in June allows time for the agencies to be ready to start the programs when school starts in the fall,” said Maria Sanchez, director of programs and community investment at ASF.

Junior Achievement will receive $40,000 to support its programs that teach work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to students in kindergarten through grade 12.

The Boys & Girls Club will receive $34,500 for its SMART Girls program, a youth development program that supports girl’s self-esteem and confidence in making healthy choices.

Exercise the Right Choice of New Britain will receive $150,000 for an after-school program for middle-school youth that focuses on academic assistance, recreation and cultural arts.

The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will receive $16,000 for an in-school music education and appreciation program.

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain will receive $50,000 for its financial literacy program for high school students.

New Britain ROOTS will receive $20,000 to operate garden clubs at Lincoln, Gaffney and Vance elementary schools and Pulaski and Slade middle schools. In partnership with STRIVE and Exercise the Right Choice after school programs, the garden clubs provide learning experiences in botany, food science and entrepreneurship.

The Opportunities Industrialization Center will receive $80,000 for its Moving Mountains Sullivan Academy, a youth development program helping middle school students develop necessary skills for transitioning into high school.

The ParaDYM Academy will receive $10,000 for its high school youth development programs that teach multimedia production, college and career readiness skills.

The Pathways/Senderos Center will receive $25,000 for its youth development program designed to guide and support students from middle school through high school graduation.

The Police Athletic League of New Britain will receive $25,000 for its becoming PALS program, which combines homework time, physical wellness, career exploration and technology, with promoting positive mentoring relationships between youth and local police officers.

The Queen Ann Nzinga Center will receive $10,000 for a cultural arts and theater program that encourages self-esteem and builds life skills for participating students.

Shakesperience Productions will receive $12,000 for a classroom-based language arts curriculum enhancement that brings stories from literary works to life through performance.

YWCA New Britai will receive $20,000 for its House of Teens program which helps high school girls develop self-esteem and confidence to make healthy choices. It will also receive $70,000 for the STRIVE program, which focuses on teen pregnancy and school drop-out prevention for middle-school girls.

American Savings Foundation is a charitable endowment providing grants to local nonprofit organizations, and college scholarships to area students. Since its inception in 1995, the organization has contributed more than $58 million in total grants and scholarships in central Connecticut.

Michelle France can be reached at 860-801-5087 or at

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:03. Updated: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:06.