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

By Shaunna Cullen 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

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YWCA Puts the Lights On Afterschool

By Shaunna Cullen 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

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

By Shaunna Cullen 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

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STRIVE Plants Garden at Slade Middle School

By Shaunna Cullen 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

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STRIVE and House of Teens Programs Go On Higher Education Tour

By Shaunna Cullen 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

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Why you need the Vroom daily parenting app

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey The Coalition for New Britain’s Youth, of which the YWCA is a member, recently received a grant to promote use of the free technology app VROOM.  VROOM, downloadable to mobile devices, specifically shares information with parents of young children (under age 5).  VROOM is based upon the

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Battling the Butterflies: Back to School

By Michele Eathorne Summer is over and it’s time for school again.  No more late bedtimes, sleeping in every morning or playing outside until it’s dark.  A change in routine – a stricter time schedule and adapting to a new caregiver, classroom, teacher, school, friends, or academic challenges - these

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What do you do all summer, play games?

By Mallory Deprey Often times I get asked the question, “So what exactly do you do, play games all summer?”  It’s a valid question for someone in the role of coordinating programs for school age kids. My response is, “Exactly!” Think about everything we learn by playing games. Elementary students

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The importance of rituals and traditions with children

By Michele Eathorne Life today is so fast-paced and demanding, it’s important that we find ways to reconnect with each other on a daily basis. Establishing family traditions helps us do just that. Traditions are those special times that bring families together, allowing us to express unity as a family

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What is executive functioning?

By Michele Eathorne Even more than IQ, executive functioning skills can impact a child’s success in school and beyond, within the context of their relationships to others, the likelihood of pursuing higher education and increased job successes.  Executive functioning….what is that??? Executive function is a set of skills that allow

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