14 New Britain-based programs receive over $500K to provide positive youth development services

Published on Monday, 12 July 2021 14:53
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The American Savings Foundation Board of Directors has recently announced they will be providing a total of $502,503 in grants to 14 New Britain-based programs that assist in providing positive youth development experiences both within the school day and after.

“We know that as students return to school they will benefit from the greater academic support and enrichment that high-quality after school and in-school programming can provide,” said Maria Sanchez, director of programs and community investment at American Savings Foundation. “Awarding these grants in the summer allows time for the agencies to be ready when school starts again this fall.”

Combined, these programs will reach over 7,000 students during the 2021-2022 school year.

Included is a grant of $57,717 to expand the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain’s Getting Active After School (GAAS) program. This program will take elements of the club’s successful Smart Girls program, and make additional structured and healthy activities available to both boys and girls. It targets middle school youth specifically and strategically focusing on intellectual, emotional, social and physical activities designed to develop self-esteem and build confidence to help youth make healthy choices.

The Foundation will also award grants to several other youth programs including:

$10,000 for the Queen Ann Nzinga Center’s youth development program, which embeds social emotional learning in arts enrichment and performances for youth of all abilities.

$12,000 for ParaDYM Academy World Wide Youth Network, a youth development program that focus on multimedia productions and developing career and college readiness skills.

$12,000 to Shakesperience for their classroom-based theater arts and literacy program.

$15,000 to the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA for its NASA Astro Camp, which will promote STEM education, problem-solving skills and self-confidence, with special week-long after school opportunities for New Britain elementary school students.

$20,000 to the YWCA New Britain for its House of Teens Program, which works with high school girls to address health disparities including reducing teen pregnancy prevention and school drop-out rate.

$22,500 for New Britain ROOTS Garden Clubs, an environmental conservation program that also teaches nutrition and healthy eating.

$25,000 to the Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention for Pathways/Senderos, a structured year-round youth development program focused on helping students graduate from high school.

$25,000 for the Police Athletic League of New Britain PALs Program, which connects youth and police officers through a comprehensive after-school enrichment program throughout the school year.

$40,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwest New England for its Economic Empowerment Program, which provides financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs in New Britain classrooms to help bridge lessons with real-world business skills and experience.

$50,000 to Human Resources Agency of New Britain for its comprehensive financial literacy program for high school students.

$63,286 to New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department for its Exercise the Right Choice Program, a comprehensive youth development program focusing on academic assistance, recreation, community service and cultural arts for middle school youth..

$70,000 to the YWCA New Britain STRIVE Program, a program for middle-school age girls focusing on supporting healthy development and a successful transition into high school.

$80,000 for Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain’s Moving Mountains Program which supports middle school students as they develop the skills they need to successfully transition to high school.

For more information call 860-827-2556 or visit the foundation’s website at asfdn.org/.

Ciara Hooks Can Be Reached at chooks@centralctcommunictions.com or 860-893-4592

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 12 July 2021 14:53. Updated: Monday, 12 July 2021 14:55.