Happening Now at CJR

          As 2018 progresses, it is proving to be a memorable year for the Connecticut Junior Republic.  Our 17th Annual Scholarship Dinner was a great success and raised more than $56,000 in net proceeds to provide scholarships for eligible boys and girls associated with CJR’s community based programs in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, Torrington and Waterbury.  Contributions from individuals, foundations and businesses made it possible for CJR to award scholarships to 20 worthy students—many of whom are the first member of their family to attend college or technical school—and we are deeply grateful for this support. 

(Please click here to read about the 2018 CJR Scholarship Dinner and some of our past scholarship recipients.)

          With grants of $24,000 from the American Savings Foundation and $10,000 from the Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, CJR provided a six-week Work-Based Learning Program for 40 at-risk boys and girls.  This year’s program included training in culinary arts, video and media production, horticulture and landscaping, and entrepreneurial skills development.  Boys and girls “worked” at our 80 Prospect Street Community Program in Waterbury Monday through Friday in one of the four areas of study.  They took orders and prepared lunches for students in the program and for local businesses and organizations; coordinated and executed photo and video shoots with professional lighting and equipment; refurbished and replanted the herb and vegetable garden; created and sold crafts, breakfast and snack foods; and worked on developing videos and promotional materials. 

(Please click here to read about the Work-Based Learning Program.)

            In Litchfield, our students have been achieving personal success and growth through studies in eight vocational classes offered at the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center.  Our Agricultural Science curriculum includes animal and plant science and students in these classes learn a theoretical base of knowledge and apply it in hands-on activities, such as nurturing baby farm animals and growing a variety of crops.

(Please click here to read about the CJR Farm.)

          Our young people often come from difficult home situations and need help finding ways to cope with their feelings and express themselves constructively.  When I think of students who have benefited from our vocational classes, a boy named Joe comes to mind.  It took some time, but the magic of Joe’s transformation truly showed itself when he began mentoring other students in his class.  Joe has since graduated from CJR and founded his own landscaping business.  It is experiences like this that define the value of our work.

(Please click here to read more about Joe and his transformation.)

            The Connecticut Junior Republic’s ability to offer many avenues for growth to young people makes us unique.  Each young person chooses their path and follows it forward.  For some this path might be in an academic classroom, on the farm, in the woodshop, or in construction. 

          For some, it is a straight trajectory, but for most, the journey forward includes some bumps in the road and a few detours.  Along the way, it is the support of special friends that makes it possible for CJR to offer the opportunities, guidance and structure boys and girls need to become productive and contributing members of their homes, schools and communities. 

Sincerely,

 

Daniel W. Rezende
Executive Director
drezende@cjryouth.org 

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  • Connecticut Junior Republic
  • 550 Goshen Road, P.O. Box 161
  • Litchfield, CT 06759
  • (860) 567-9423
  • info@cjryouth.org

 

 

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