Mission and Values
The mission of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) is to provide care, treatment, education and family support for at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they can become productive and fulfilled members of their communities.
CJR believes that if given the opportunity, every young person has the potential to develop the skills, self-discipline and social responsibility necessary for a rewarding and worthwhile life. CJR values every family as a critical partner in the treatment process. The agency believes that whenever possible, it is most desirable to work with young people and their families within their own communities. When out-of-home services are required, the family must be valued and included as an important and equal partner in the treatment process.
"These are the kind of skill sets that CJR teaches youth: Coping techniques. Conflict resolution techniques. Anger management techniques - All skill sets that provide students with what they need to be successful, contributing members of society who are not defined by the adversity they’ve faced.”
- Samantha, a former student of the Connecticut Junior Republic's Waterbury Program