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CJR Offers Outreach Program for Torrington Teens
Posted 09/14/2015 03:52PM


        Litchfield – The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) has opened a Teen Outreach Program (TOP) for Torrington boys and girls entering grades 7 through 12 during the 2015-16 School Year.  This evidence-based, best practice, after-school program will enroll up 50 students and applications are currently being accepted.   CJR’s Teen Outreach Program is funded by the Department of Social Services and there is no charge to participants and their families.  Students must be between the ages of 12 to 17 to participate. 

        This nationally recognized program consists of four age/stage appropriate levels, and is designed to help students learn about and achieve healthy development in the following areas: values; relationships; communication and assertiveness;  influence; goal -setting; decision-making;  human development and sexuality; and community service. 

        Students participate in three interrelated program components, including supervised community service; group discussions; and activities related to key social and developmental tasks of adolescence.  In each program component, youth work in small groups with a facilitator.  Values, human growth and development, relationships, and dealing with family stress and issues relating to the social and emotional transition from adolescence to adulthood are discussed.  In these sessions, participating boys and girls strengthen and enhance their communication and decision-making skills.  Service learning projects are developed with input from students and are then implemented within their home environments.  These projects combine education and community service goals and empower young people to be successful while rewarding healthy behaviors, improved life skills and coping abilities and a sense of purpose.  Program services are provided at CJR’s offices on 168 South Main Street in Torrington on an after-school basis.

        According to CJR Executive Director Daniel W. Rezende, CJR’s Teen Outreach Program educates young teens about the consequence of risky behaviors, including violence and sexual activity, and is one of an increasing number of evidence-based programs that the Junior Republic provides for at-risk boys and girls.   Proven outcomes of this program model include a 52 percent lower risk of school suspensions; 60 percent lower risk of academic failure; 53 percent lower risk of pregnancy; and 60 percent lower risk of dropping out of school.

         “We look forward to working with Torrington boys and girls and their families to provide an important resource for the community,” he stated.  Students will attend the TOP weekdays during the school year, from 2:30 to 5:00 PM.   Fridays are generally used for scheduled community service learning activities. 

        To enhance the program, CJR plans to seek private funding to provide a “Homework Club,” as well as a work-based learning program on its Litchfield campus for TOP students.   If funds are secured, CJR will be able to provide a work-based learning summer program which includes a vocational agriculture experience on the CJR Farm and a Culinary Arts vocational experience in CJR’s commercial kitchen.  Based on available funding, the Culinary Arts program will also be offered twice a week after school during the school year.

        Parents who wish to enroll their children in the Teen Outreach Program should contact Danielle Fines, Program Facilitator, by phone: 860-482-7600, or by email:, as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

        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 can become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve more than 2,500 boys and girls annually in 12 locations throughout Connecticut.

        The Junior Republic conducts 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 East Hartford and Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls at its Center for Assessment, Respite and Enrichment (CARE) in Waterbury.  A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive home-based services, and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester (two sites), Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury.  Behavioral and mental health services are provided at many 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 schoolsFor further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:

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



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