Family & Children’s Agency seeks to improve the lives of Norwalk youth by increasing their ability to be productive, independent young adults. The ASPIRE program is FCA’s after school youth development program with middle school, high school and summer enrichment components. It is a multi-faceted, longitudinal program that promotes academic success, positive youth development. The program is in partnership with Norwalk Community College and located on their campus.
The middle school component serves 50 Norwalk middle school youth on the campus of Norwalk Community College Monday through Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. throughout the school year. 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. The Middle School component also provides case management and mentoring services. On-site mentoring has the proven ability to increase positive academic outcomes and social skills, while also decreasing engagement in negative behaviors. The ultimate goal is to provide a successful transition into high school.
The High School component of ASPIRE includes students who have graduated from the middle school portion and prepares them to graduate from high school college or career ready. In addition to tutoring and academic support, the high school component includes parent engagement, case management, gender-based programming, life skills and college preparation. As with the middle school component, on-site mentoring is available for high school ASPIRE students, as well.
The Summer Enrichment component provides structured, goal-directed programming that reduces summer learning loss. Youth involved in the program meet four days per week for six weeks throughout the summer on the Norwalk Community College campus. The program offers cross-curriculum, theme-based learning that includes academics, cultural immersion, recreation and social, and emotional skill building.
For more information, contact Amy Jeffereis, ASPIRE Manager, at (203) 523-5774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.