STRIVE Participates in Random Hacks of Kindness Hack-a-thon at Central Connecticut State University

Four members of YWCA New Britain’s STRIVE afterschool program for middle school girls attended Central Connecticut State University’s “Random Hacks of Kindness Hack-a-thon” to begin development of a smartphone app to be used by YWCA School Age parents.The focus of the Hack-a-thon was to provide an opportunity to nonprofits in

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YWCA Puts the Lights On Afterschool

On October 25, YWCA New Britain’s school age program joined a larger collective of over 8,000 events nationwide and hosted a Lights On Afterschool celebration highlighting the important role afterschool programs play in the lives of children, families, and communities. According to the Afterschool Alliance, 11.3 million children are alone and

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House of Teens Receive Grant from the Mayor’s Charitable Trophy Fund

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart recently surprised YWCA New Britain’s House of Teens with a $5,000 grant to support their program.Mayor Stewart said she has historically donated this money to the House of Teens (H.O.T.) because she believes the program really makes a difference for young women in the New

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STRIVE Plants Garden at Slade Middle School

YWCA New Britain's STRIVE after school program for middle school girls recently had the opportunity to work with New Britain ROOTS to build a garden at Slade Middle School.Over the past four years, the YWCA and ROOTS have been partners with the school district serving as community agencies for the

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STRIVE and House of Teens Programs Go On Higher Education Tour

YWCA New Britain’s STRIVE program for middle school girls and House of Teens for high school girls, have been on a mission to check out higher education institutions in Connecticut the past few months. The group toured four-year universities, community colleges, and trade schools across the state. These tours came to fruition

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What to Look For in a Quality Afterschool Program

Quality afterschool programs help your child learn and grow.  Studies show that students involved in high-quality afterschool programs have fewer absences and less tardiness, better grades and test scores, and good problem solving and conflict management skills.In many communities there are a multitude of afterschool options available and finding the

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