House of Teens and STRIVE Go to NYC

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain’s House of Teens and STRIVE programs for middle and high school girls took a trip to New York City to explore Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The girls worked hard all year to raise funds the trip. They hosted several bake sales,

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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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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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School Age Program Students Speak at Martin Luther King Day Event

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain students from the the School Age, STRIVE (Strength, Teamwork, Respect, Individuality, Vision, and Excellence) and HOT (House of Teens) programs were invited to speak at The City of New Britain Commemorates the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. event at Angelico's Restaurant, where prominent representatives

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The 5 Ingredients for the Recipe of Success

By Mallory Deprey   Success is an individual goal that one must define for themselves. In talking with youth daily and helping them to vision their future I have to first think, what is my definition of success? Walking through a store one day I saw a dishtowel that read

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Create Moments That Click: Connecting Field Trips to Learning

By Mallory Deprey YWCA New Britain’s signature STRIVE program for middle school girls promotes pro-social behaviors and builds character. We believe in stealth learning in which hands-on activities and outings are incorporated regularly. All activities aim to align to grade level knowledge related to the Common Core Standards specific to

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