The Connecticut Junior Republic’s Waterbury Program is providing a six-week Work-Based Learning Summer Program for 40 at-risk and disadvantaged boys and girls through generous grants of $26,700 from the American Savings Foundation and $8,000 from the Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
The 2017 program includes vocational training in culinary arts, video and media production, horticulture and landscaping, and entrepreneurial skills development. Participating boys and girls will “work” Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, in one of the four study areas, starting July 3.
The students’ educational experience began with a standardized application and interview process for various positions the week of June 26th. Boys and girls will participate in resume development, as well as interviewing and employment-readiness training. Each of the four study areas in the “work” components of the program will utilize an entrepreneurship model to develop specific “products” associated with culinary arts, media production, and horticulture and landscaping. A fourth entrepreneurial skills development class will work with the other program components to market their products and develop promotional materials. Assigned student teams will work together on projects and develop specific skill sets relevant to the four job areas, and all students will be paid stipends for their participation in the program.
Boys and girls in the culinary class will cater lunches on a daily basis for
In addition to completing its own projects, the video and media production class will document the efforts of the other classes. Photography will also be taught and past student photographs have been used in CJR publications, including the Junior Citizen newsletter and annual report. The Marzahl Memorial Fund grant is specifically funding the video and media production component of the Work-Based Learning Summer Program. The Work-Based Learning Summer Program will conclude with a special awards luncheon for the 40 participants and their families.
“These grants enable at-risk adolescents who are associated with
“It can be difficult for teenagers to imagine a future career,” said Maria Falvo, President & CEO of the American Savings Foundation. “
The American Savings Foundation is an independent charitable foundation dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting education, human services, and the arts, with special emphasis on the needs of children, youth and families, through grants to community organizations and college scholarships. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has contributed $50 million in total grants to local nonprofit organizations and in scholarships to hard-working students in need of financial support.
The Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund was established in 1974 to support and promote quality education, human services and health care programming for underserved populations in the Woodbury area and is administered by the Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
NOTE: This program provides many wonderful photo opportunities. To request a photograph or arrange a photo opportunity, please contact Hedy Barton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities. Today, the organization’s combined programs serve nearly 2,000 boys and girls annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.
The Junior Republic conducts three residential programs for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus. Regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, which is located on its Litchfield campus. Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided.
CJR provides additional residential services for boys at its group homes in Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls in Waterbury. A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive, home-based service and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s community locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury. Behavioral and mental health services are provided at most of the above locations, as well.
A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division (CSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schools. For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email: email@example.com.