Thursday, September 8th
Family & Children’s Agency Awarded Grant to Support Norwalk Youth
For Immediate Release
(NORWALK, July 25, 2016) –
Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) received a $38,000 Youth Success grant from The Community Fund of Darien, to support the Agency’s ASPIRE after school program, which provides academic enrichment and career development activities to middle and high school students.
FCA’s ASPIRE program supports middle and high school students by promoting academic success and positive youth development. Located at Norwalk Community College (NCC), as a part of FCA and NCC’s joint partnership, more than 50 students participate in the program each year. In 2014 alone, 94% of the eighth grade students in the ASPIRE after school program earned above average grades in their math and language arts classes.
“There are so many success stories from the youth in our ASPIRE program but there is more work to be done,” said Robert Cashel, FCA President & CEO. “This grant will allow our staff to continue educating our students with the progressive training and resources needed for success in our ever-changing society.”
Currently, ASPIRE youth are participating in FCA’s full-day summer enrichment program. Middle school students are learning about the country’s five regions for the “Road Trip Across the USA” program theme and high school students are gaining hands-on experience with personal banking and managing non-emergency and emergency medical situations.
About Family & Children’s Agency: Family & Children’s Agency is a leading non-profit, 501(c)(3) human service organization that is committed to increasing the social and emotional well-being of our clients. We provide strength-based, solution focused services that respond to the needs of more than 12,000 individuals – children and families, youth, adults, and seniors. For more information, please go to www.FamilyandChildrensAgency.org.
Family & Children’s Agency Celebrates Foster Care Graduates
High school graduation marks a pivotal time in a child’s life. This accomplishment is the official transition from childhood to adulthood. This year, Family & Children’s Agency honored more than a dozen foster care students for their successful completion of high school—despite the obstacles that have stood in their way. (more…)
FCA Awards College Scholarship at IMAGINE 2016 Benefit
Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) held their annual spring benefit IMAGINE, in May at The Loading Dock in Stamford. This year as an Agency first, two high school seniors from the Agency’s ASPIRE after-school program were awarded $10,000 scholarships and $1,000 book stipends, funded by board member Sharon Sullivan and her husband, Jeff Kindler. (more…)
Rita Marber and Jan Glorie Acknowledged as 2016 Family Champions
Each year, the Connecticut Council of Service Agencies “recognizes individuals from each member agency who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and support families in Connecticut.”
This year, two individuals from Family & Children’s Agency were presented with this prestigious award for their hard-work and dedication to Agency initiatives; FCA board member Rita Marber and Jan Glorie, FCA’s Manger of Information Technology. (more…)
Golf & Tennis Classic
2016 Golf & Tennis Classic, Monday, September 12, 2016
Brooklawn Country Club
500 Algonquin Rd, Fairfield, CT
The 21st annual Golf Classic will begin with lunch at the grill and is followed by a round of golf at one of the premier private clubs in Fairfield County, Brooklawn Country Club. The majestic club features an 18-hole bent grass course with slight hills and water hazards at several holes. After golf, relax in the clubhouse or on the veranda and enjoy conversation with fellow players as cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres are served. A raffle and brief awards ceremony will top off the day.
▪ Registration & Warm-Up: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
▪ Lunch: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
▪ Shotgun Start: 12:30 p.m.
▪ Cocktails, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Awards Presentation: 5:00 p.m.
The annual Women’s Tennis Classic will begin with a light breakfast and a round-robin tournament follows. After playing, relax and mingle with fellow guests while enjoying lunch on the patio. A raffle and brief awards ceremony will top off the morning.
▪ Registration & Light Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
▪ Play Begins: 9:30 a.m.
▪ Lunch, Raffle and Awards Presentation: 12:00 p.m.
Let’s Close the #DiaperGap
Through the month of June, the Family & Children’s Agency Junior Board of Advisors invites you to donate to the FCA Diaper Drive Collection.
Did you Know?
- 1 in 3 moms struggle to afford diapers for their babies
- In some cases, moms have cleaned and reused soiled diapers
- On average, low-income families spend $936 per year on diapers, nearly double the amount of higher income familes
- The inability to afford diapers is leading cause of mental health problems among new mothers and their babies
Diaper Drive Collection Drop-off Locations:
140 Water Street
9 Mott Avenue
Can’t drop off and need an online option? Purchase via our Amazon Wishlist and items will be shipped directly to FCA.
**All diaper sizes and brands are welcome
Changing Lives, One Child at a Time
Tavares Perkins, a Bridgeport native, has made it his mission to give back to his community in more ways than one. “After several years working in finance, I realized I was working a profession I did not love,” reflected Tavares during our interview. That void led him back to college, studying toward a Master’s in Education. Tavares has now been a teacher in the Bridgeport School District for 7 years and this year, won the prestigious award of Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2016, for Bridgeport Public Schools.
In 2014, Tavares created a community boys group at his school that focuses on the importance of giving back and community service. Tavares mentors boys ages 10-16, teaching them life skills, social and physical awareness and has traveled with youth on FCA’s annual college tour. “I do what I can because it is important to give back and I know the benefit of having positive role models in your life,” Tavares said about why he started the boys group.
Tavares lives by several mottos, “do something that makes you happy,” and “live your life as a good example,” he says. These sentiments led him to work with FCA in Norwalk. Supporting FCA’s Foster Care program as a respite worker, Perkins provides social weekend activities for children in foster care, allowing “free-time” for foster parents to run errands or attend appointments. Outside of FCA, Tavares works and volunteers with children in his community. “This is the neighborhood where I grew up, the issues I see here, no one else is going to fix it for me,” he says. Perkins prefers to work locally because he wants to give back to children who need to see positive examples of men from their environment.
In May, the Bridgeport Public Education Fund honored Tavares for Excellence in Education with the Bridgeport’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2016. “It was a shocking and exciting, yet humbling moment for me,” says Tavares. He was unknowingly nominated by his school principal and peers. “Although it feels good when people recognize you, I do this because it’s what I love.” Tavares urges those who want to do more in their community to be open to helping in a different way. “It’s not always about spending your money. Time is a very valuable currency, pour into someone’s life any way you can, while you have the time and energy.”
Tavares is a remarkable example of being a service to others. FCA is proud to have friends who believe and support the mission of the Agency in their day-to-day lives.
Lia Tavarez, Wilton High School, FCA Communications Intern 2016
Our goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect by increasing the participation of fathers in the lives of their children, increasing the fathers’ knowledge about their children’s developmental needs, and promoting bonding and attachment between fathers and their children.
Learn more about FCA’s Family Support services here.
This year’s spring event, IMAGINE 2016, will be held on Friday, May 20 at The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT. The evening will highlight Family & Children’s Agency and the 11,000+ individuals we impact throughout Fairfield County. Read More,