Expressive Arts Class Motivates Youth in the After School Program
The Rowayton Arts Center has partnered with Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) to promote creative expression through the arts in the youth we serve. The Expressive Arts Class, a six-week program underwritten by the Rowayton Arts Center, offers students in the After School Program the opportunity to study visual arts and enhance their personal expression. Art created by these select students will be displayed at the center from Nov. 1-Nov. 8. A reception for the gallery opening will be held Friday, Nov. 1 at 5:45 p.m. at the Rowayton Arts Center.
“It is amazing to see the impact of exposure to the arts in the young people we work with,” said Jennifer Barahona, Director of Youth Development at FCA. “Time and time again, we witness the power of visual and creative arts in drawing out a young person and developing self-esteem. That kind of social and emotional learning is priceless. We have kids who are like whole new people in the hour they are in the art program.”
The After School Program serves 50 Norwalk middle school youth on the campus of Norwalk Community College Monday-Friday. Students served through the program potentially face multiple barriers to success. In addition to academic support, the Program offers enrichment activities, helps promote character development, reinforces executive functioning skills, and prepares students for a successful transition into high school.
“Self-esteem in young people is built by learning new skills, discovering exciting and creative aspects of themselves, and having the satisfaction of a finished product,” says Jennifer. “To then have it displayed in a professional gallery is a source of enormous pride that is obvious to all.”
For more than 50 years the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) has been a community cultural hub that provides a welcoming environment for the exchange of arts-related ideas and for regional artists in all media to exhibit and sell their work. Located on the banks of the scenic Five Mile River, the Arts Center hosts exhibitions, lectures, musical events and other activities. In its second-floor studio, RAC offers year-round classes and workshops for creative people of all ages and at all ability levels. RAC also underwrites arts education programs throughout Norwalk. The Rowayton Arts Center is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue and is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. and Sunday’s 1-4pm. Admission is free. For information call 203-866-2744 or visit the web site at www.rowaytonartscenter.org.
For more information regarding the After School Program at FCA, please contact Marion Herbert, Manager of Communications, at (203) 523-5777 or visit www.FamilyandChildrensAgency.org.
Join us for a shopping event at Eileen Fisher in Westport!
Shop at Eileen Fisher in Westport on Saturday, September 21 for their Fall Event and support the Girls’ Challenge program at Family & Children’s Agency. 10 percent of the day’s proceeds will support Girls’ Challenge. The event will last all day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Girls’ Challenge is a component of the After School Program at Family & Children’s Agency. It helps girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade explore issues and topics relevant to their lives, such as self-esteem, body image, peer pressure, self-care, and stress management. They also work on team building, cooperation, and communication to build leadership skills. Development of personal value systems and participation in community service projects is also a central theme in the program. The senior group of eighth-grade girls work to prepare for the transition into high school and further explore personal interests and life goals.
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Join Family & Children’s Agency on Sep. 9 for the 2013 Golf & Tennis Classic!
The 2013 Golf & Tennis Classic on Sep. 9 was a great success! Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the beautiful weather at Brooklawn Country Club and support Family & Children’s Agency!
89 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to helping our clients.
See pictures from the event!
Take me out to the ball game! Homeless Services clients watch Bridgeport Bluefish!
On Wednesday, July 31, staff from Homeless Services took clients from the Community Connections Center and Supportive Housing to a Bridgeport Bluefish baseball game at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Staff and clients said they had an amazing time and the weather was sunny and warm—perfect for a ballgame. One client said it was their “favorite field trip so far!” Although the Bluefish lost 4-2 to the Somerset Patriots, it was a trip to remember for many.
Open house for the new 140 Water St. location will be held this fall!
Family & Children’s Agency’s primary service location has a new home at the coral-colored building at 140 Water St. in Norwalk. The site, which will be home to Specialized Foster Care, Home Care Services for Seniors, and Homeless Services, including the Community Connections Center, will provide the Agency with the space it needs for its growing programs for a decade to come. An open house for the public to view the new location will be held later this month.
Specialized Foster Care and Homeless Services was formerly housed at 149 Water St. for x number of years. The 149 Water St. location incurred severe damage during Tropical Storm Sandy in late October 2012. Although services to clients were not disrupted, the bottom floor occupied by Family & Children’s Agency was left uninhabitable for several months. The last few months have been a continuous period of transition for the Specialized Foster Care and Homeless Services staff, although they are happy to have the opportunity to settle at 140 Water St. in a building retrofitted to meet the needs of both them and their clients.
“The new site at 140 Water St. will be home to many of the Agency’s largest and growing programs,” said President & CEO Robert F. Cashel. “We are thrilled that after a long road, the building is completed and our program staff can begin settling in.”
Come “Cycle for the Community!”
Join our Junior Board of Directors and friends of the Agency on Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at SoulCycle in Greenwich for “Cycle for the Community,” an engaging cycling workout that benefits both the mind and body. This event, sponsored by the Junior Board of Directors, will support Homeless Services at Family & Children’s Agency. Together, we can ride as one to make a difference in the community!
Tickets are available now!
Tickets include shoe rental fees. Raffle tickets will also be at available at the event to win 5 class spin series at SoulCycle in Greenwich.
Rock Star Ticket (one seat and gift bag)–$50
Legend Sponsor (one seat, gift bag, and ten raffle tickets)–$250
Warrior Sponsor (one seat, gift bag, and five raffle tickets)–$100
Please contact Janina Castiglia, Manager, Development & Marketing, at email@example.com or (203)-523-5719 with any questions.
Join Us on Saturday, June 15 for the Proud Dads Walk to Celebrate Father’s Day!
Calling all proud dads! The Fatherhood Initiative, a component of Prevention Services, is hosting a Proud Dads Walk to celebrate Father’s Day on Saturday June 15! Join us in Vets Park from 12 – 3 p.m. The event is open to the public for all fathers and their children. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Fernando Santiago, Prevention Program Home Visitor, at (203) 523-5311.
About the Fatherhood Initiative
In the spring of 2007 a Nurturing Fathers Program initiative was launched at Family & Children’s Agency. 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. This program is focused on those fathers whose families are participating in the Children’s Trust Fund’s Nurturing Families Network program, as well as men whose families are involved with other home visiting programs at Family & Children’s Agency that serve families with children under the age of five.
See Pictures from the Homeless Services BBQ Hosted by the Junior Board!
On Wednesday, June 12, the Junior Board of Directors hosted a barbecue for clients in Homeless Services at the Agency’s new primary service location at 140 Water Street. Dozens showed up to enjoy delicious food and great weather. The Junior Board has chosen Homeless Services as its core cause this year and the barbecue was one of many ways in which those on the board have supported clients experiencing homelessness.
Pictures from the Barbecue!
River Road Gallery to Feature Photography from After School Program Students
What does “build” mean to you?
Students in the After School Program at Family & Children’s Agency will have the opportunity to interpret what this means to them through the art of photography.
Students in the program will participate in a six-week photography class led by local photographer Ron Landis. Their work will be featured in an exhibit, “Build”, at River Road Gallery in Wilton beginning June 6. A reception open to the public will be held that day from 4 to 8 p.m. for the exhibit opening.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to not only explore photography, but see their work on display and enjoyed by others,” said Jennifer Barahona, Director of Youth Development at Family & Children’s Agency.
The After School Program provides a safe and structured atmosphere for 50 Norwalk middle school youth to improve academic performance, develop character, and promote healthy peer interactions and lifestyles. Students meet after school five days per week at the Norwalk Community College campus.
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Weston Women’s League Sponsors Annual Family Support & Prevention Baby Shower for Fifth Year in Row
On Wednesday, April 24, the Weston Women’s League will host the Annual Family Support & Prevention Baby Shower at Norwalk City Hall. The Weston Women’s League has hosted this event since 2008 providing lunch, crafts and gifts for pregnant mothers and mothers of newborns participating in the Prevention programs at Family & Children’s Agency. Approximately 33 pregnant or new mothers involved in the Prevention programs will be in attendance.
“The Weston Women’s League has done a tremendous amount of work to secure donations such as high chairs and swings, which will be distributed to clients with the greatest need,” said Mary Kate Locke, Director of Family Support & Prevention and Adoption. “This day is a lovely celebration for these women about becoming a parent.”
Family Support & Prevention services at Family & Children’s Agency provides support and guidance to parents and their young children through the Nurturing Family Network, Fatherhood Initiative, Maternal Outreach and Mentoring Service (MOMS) program, Healthy Start and Child FIRST.
To learn more or to donate, please contact Mary Kate Locke, Director, Family Support & Prevention and Adoption, at (203) 523-5754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.