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Summer Youth Employment
    Cities: New Britain and Waterbury
Agencies provide workforce readiness training for local teens.

Grants: $75,000 Pathways Senderos, OIC of New Britain, YWCA of New Britain/$24,000 Connecticut Junior Republic

Everyone remembers the importance of their first summer job.  It’s a step toward adulthood and independence.  It helps you earn money for clothes, books, and college.  And it teaches you lessons that you carry forward into your career no matter where the future takes you. 

For many local teens, that first work experience comes through summer youth employment programs at area youth agencies. Typically too old for summer camp, but not yet ready for traditional summer jobs, students in these programs are able to develop key workforce readiness skills as part of a rich summer experience. Studies show that students with multiple years of summer work experiences have higher graduation rates than their peers, and students who work during high school earn higher wages later in life.

YWCA Tier I students practice marketing skills.

Pathways/Senderos Center, OIC of New Britain, YWCA of New Britain

American Savings Foundation has provided funding for introductory work experiences for young teens in New Britain since 2006. Fifty-five youth, most ages 14 and 15, will participate in career exploration and build skills to help prepare them for success in the workplace. Three agencies (Pathways/Senderos, Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain (OIC), and the YWCA of New Britain) work together to help youth develop career competencies including communication skills, customer service, problem solving, and job seeking skills. OIC also serves pregnant and parenting teens age 16-18 to help them develop work readiness skills and start on a path toward economic independence.

Connecticut Junior Republic

A CJR student learns about production.

In Waterbury, approximately 40 youth ages 14-18 will participate in a work-based learning experience over a seven-week period this summer. They receive workforce skills training, and participate in projects to practice the skills they are developing. Students can choose to concentrate in a variety of career areas: culinary arts, entrepreneurship, communications and advertising, and agriculture. Last summer, the entrepreneurship team sold slushies, candies, prepared lunches, and gift baskets, and ran carwashes and bake sales, raising a record $2,500. A portion of the proceeds went to helping one of CJR’s interns, who had been in a car accident. The remainder of the funds went towards field trips for the program.


Supporting Art Access through Museums
    Cities: New Britain and Waterbury
Two agencies bringing art, culture and education programs to local families.

Grants: $55,000 New Britain Museum of American Art/ $45,000 Mattatuck Museum

    Arts and culture activities enrich communities and provide opportunities for individuals to make discoveries about themselves and the world around them. American Savings Foundation’s support for the arts to includes support for local museums which are often hubs of artistic, historical and educational creativity.

    New Britain Museum of American Art

    Students create art inspired by music in the American Savings Foundation Art & Education Center Studio.

    American Savings Foundation has supported events and programs at the New Britain Museum of American Art since 2000, including the Museum’s children’s art education and outreach programs.  Today, many of the Museum’s youth and family programs take place in the American Savings Foundation Art and Education Center. 

    The Foundation supports the Museum’s free admission on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am - noon.  This effort helps make the museum accessible to more people, especially local families. Children participate in popular programs such as Summer Art Adventures, Art Start, and Art Explorers classes. Scholarships are available to New Britain students for these and other studio classes. 

    Mattatuck Museum

    American Savings Foundation has been funding events and programs at the Mattatuck Museum since 2002 and began supporting the Museum’s educational programming in 2012.

    Storyteller Lou DelBianco portrayed Abraham Lincoln to celebrate President's Day in 2017.

    The Museum also provides after-school and in-house programs. Currently those programs include Summer Youth Art, Poetry @ The MATT, Teens @ the MATT, Storytime for Toddlers, access programs for youth with disabilities, literacy nights, and art and history for homeschoolers. The Museum has also developed different ways for museum-goers to experience exhibits and displays. This includes the Children’s Art Maker Spaces, CAMPsites, and the Backpack Program which both feature activities related to the Museum’s exhibits.

    The Museum also hosts “Community Free Days” on the second Sunday of each month. On Community Free Days families are invited to explore the collections and exhibits at the museum at no cost to them.


Summer Enrichment Experience (Summer SEE) and CPEP Ventures
    City: New Britain
Two agencies recognized as National Summer Learning Learning Association Excellence Award Winners

Grants: $50,000 Summer SEE / $20,000 CPEP Ventures

    For many students, the summer is filled with fun, enriching experiences that support learning.  But for others, the summer months can actually mean losing ground on their academic progress.  

    Since 2007, the American Savings Foundation has been engaged in bringing forward new ideas to fill summer months with fun and educational experiences for youth.  While the Foundation has supported a wide range of summer programs, two of these programs in New Britain have been recognized nationally for their work combating the negative effects of “summer learning loss.”

    According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), summer learning loss is a phenomenon where children lose academic skills during the summer break from school. While students from all economic backgrounds have the potential to experience summer learning loss, children from low income households tend to lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains. Most youth lose about two months of math skills in the summer. According to the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment, research shows that that high-quality summer learning programs can not only curb summer learning loss, they can also help boost student achievement. (http://www.summerlearning.org/)

    Summer Enrichment Experience – 2016 NSLA Excellence Award Winner

    Students in Summer SEE 2016 learning to make pesto and tomato pizzas with wheat tortillas at Gaffney School.

    American Savings Foundation awarded $50,000 for the 2017 Summer Enrichment Experience (Summer SEE) program, a partnership between community providers and the Consolidated School District of New Britain.

    The Foundation has supported the program since 2011. Other funders have included the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, Farmington Bank, the Fund for Greater Hartford and Liberty Bank.

    Students entering grades 1-3 at Gaffney, Smalley and Lincoln schools may be invited to particpate in Summer SEE. The program combines traditional morning classroom experiences with afternoon activities provided by local organizations.  The afternoon activities, which are designed to be fun, are also designed to reinforce the concepts taught during the classroom period. Organizations that have provided afternoon activities in the past include Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Arts for Learning Connecticut, Bhoga Yoga, LEGO First, New Britain ROOTS and Shakesperience Productions. 

    CPEP Ventures - 2013 NSLA Excellence Award Winner

    CPEP Ventures students designed the 2016 NSLA awards and speaker gifts.

    American Savings Foundation awarded $20,000 to CPEP for the 2017 CPEP Ventures program.

    The Foundation has been funding CPEP programs since 2000. CPEP Ventures is a seven-week summer experience which offers 16-20 students the opportunity to use science, technology, engineering, and math in a work-learning experience. Students are taught to develop, manufacture, assemble and market the products they produce.

    Students from the CPEP Ventures Program

    In 2013, CPEP won a National Summer Learning Association award for one of their many summer programs. Since then, NSLA and CPEP have worked together to create the awards and speaker gifts for the 2015 and 2016 award ceremonies. CPEP Ventures students were recognized at the 2016 National Summer Learning Association award ceremony for their work on the awards.

    American Savings Foundation continues to support summer programs that make the time students spend out of the classroom meaningful, engaging and educational.


New Britain Youth Museum - Sisters in Science Program
    City: New Britain
An after school program that encourages middle-school girls who love science to explore STEM careers.
Grant: $20,000

    7th grader Crystal Millien has participated in Sisters in Science for two years. The program, run by New Britain Youth Museums, has broadened her interests well beyond those of a typical 12-year-old. “I’ve really enjoyed learning about the human brain,” she said. “I’ve also enjoyed studying polymers and their expansion. We did a project where we used Oreos to talk about the phases of the moon.”

    Sisters in Science encourages middle-school age girls to become interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and helps them discover their own potential to participate in fields such as biology, engineering or computer science. The program also teaches girls about contributions female scientists have made throughout history. Thirty girls in grades 5-7 participate in hands-on projects three days a week after school at DiLoretto Magnet School. The Hungerford Park mobile unit brings live animals into the classroom, and students also visit the Hungerford Park Nature Center to learn more about animals at the rescue center.

    Beyond learning about science, the program’s team environment helps students learn to work with others. “Being in Sisters in Science teaches you how to get along with people who are different from you,” said Crystal. “Working on these projects together makes you accept how other people think and solve problems.”

    New Britain Youth Museum’s Sisters in Science program combines a lab environment with hands on activities, team projects, and field trips to celebrate this group of girls' love of science!


Human Resources Agency - Financial Literacy Program
  • City: New Britain
A comprehensive financial literacy program for high school students.
Grant: $50,000


    At the 2016 annual scholarship reception, the following video highlighting the Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s financial literacy program, a high-school youth program which receives funding from the American Savings Foundation was debuted. Students in the program study to become certified tax preparers and volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in New Britain.