Stamford Community Organizations Resource List

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Academy of Finance

The Academy of Finance is a three-year program at Westhill High School. This exciting program is for students of all abilities who are thinking about pursuing a career in business. Although students can enter the workplace directly after graduating, 100% of our students go on to higher education.

Contact person/ info: Kim (Raj) Kumar | RKumar@StamfordCT.gov

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/westhillaof/home?authuser=0

 

ALTA

ALTA provides after school and Saturday programs for students at the Stamford and West hill High School. Preparing students in academic, college readiness, and social emotional and family support to targeted groups of Latino students.

Contact person/info:

Juan Pazmino | JPazmino@StamfordCT.gov (WHS)

Rafael Escobar | Rescobar@StamfordCT.gov (SHS)

Website: https://www.stamfordpublicschools.org/westhill-high-school/students/pages/alta-program

 

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

This program is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education, for college and other post-secondary opportunities.

Contact person/info:

Gina Figliuzz | GFigliuzzi@StamfordCT.gov (SHS)

Amy Calandro | ACalandro@StamfordCT.gov (WHS)

Lisa Forbes | LForbes@StamfordCT.gov (WHS)

Website: https://www.stamfordpublicschools.org/academics/avid-program

 

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Beyond Limits

Beyond Limits Academic Program provides highly subsidized one-on-one tutoring and informal mentoring to Stamford Peace’s student-athletes and students attending our local public schools. Sessions are held at Stamford Peace’s Long Ridge Road headquarters, which includes a dedicated tutoring room and large classroom equipped with computers, school supplies, and other program materials. The facility also includes a lounge area with free Wi-Fi for parents, a kitchen area stocked with complimentary snacks and beverages, and a fitness room.

Contact person/ info: Andy Sklover | 203-588-9023 | Info@beyondlimitsacademics.org

Website: https://beyondlimitsacademics.org/

I Need Tutoring Application

I Want To Be A Tutor Application

 

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford is a dedicated youth facility that is open daily, managed by professional staff and made available and affordable to all youth.  We serve more than 1,600 Children (ages 6-18), offering programs and services to promote and enhance their development. We inspire confidence, a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence in this POSITIVE PLACE FOR KIDS.

Contact person/ info:

James Kendall/Senior Program Director jkendall@bgcastamford.org

Barry Woods/Teen Program Director  bwoods@bgcastamford.org

Website: https://www.bgcastamford.org/

 

Building One Community

We work with families to address the achievement gap among immigrant children in Stamford Public Schools:

  • Homework and Enrichment Club
  • Individual and small group tutoring
  • POWER (Parent Organizing Program)
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Ferguson Library Bookmobile
  • Family Nights
  • Life skills workshops

Contact person/ info: Margarita Zimmerman/ Volunteer Manager /MZimmerman@b1c.org

Website: https://building1community.org/

 

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Computer Science Academy

Computer Science Academy at Westhill’s mission is to expose students to the rapidly growing field of Computer science. We strive to get more girls and underrepresented students to consider STEM careers.

Contact Person: Kim (Raj) Kumar | RKumar@StamfordCT.gov

Website: http://westhillcs.com/

 

CT for a Dream

The College Access Program is an educational and training resource that challenges the current system of education that marginalizes undocumented students. Our mission is to ensure that status is not a barrier to educational attainment on any level, elementary, middle, high school, or college. We fulfill this mission through working with individuals and institutions to change policies and practices that negatively affect students and create ones that support them instead.

Contact person/ info: info@ct4adream.org

Website: https://www.ct4adream.org/

Application Link

 

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Domus

Domus is a human services nonprofit. Young people come to us with many challenges; most are living in abject poverty, have had involvement in the criminal justice system, and have experienced homelessness, neglect, abuse, academic failure, and chronic untreated healthcare issues. Our overarching goal is to create the conditions necessary for them to get on a path toward health and opportunity so they can succeed in school and ultimately lead satisfying and productive lives. We do this through three primary service areas: Educational, Community, and Residential.

Contact person/ info: Craig Baker | info@domuskids.org | 203.324.4277

Website: https://www.domuskids.org/

 

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Ferguson Library

The mission of The Ferguson Library is to provide free and equal access to information, ideas, books and technology to educate, engage and enrich the Stamford community.  The innovative programs and services we provide nourish a lifelong passion for learning and growth for children and adults.

Contact person/ info:

Liz McKay/ Youth Services Supervisor | elizabeth@fergusonlibrary.org

Steve Zampino | szampino@fergusonlibrary.org

Website: https://www.fergusonlibrary.org/

 

Future 5

Future 5 helps motivated, under-resourced students in Stamford connect to their full potential by connecting students to themselves, a caring membership-based community, a network of coaches, and the Fairfield County Business and nonprofit communities, as well as by teaching student members the skills to maximize their connections.

Contact person/info: membership@futurefive.org

Website: https://futurefive.org/

 

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JROTC

JROTC is an elective leadership and citizenship development program available to all students. They earn 5 credits while participating in the program to gain valuable, practical leadership skills by serving in class leadership positions. Students may earn awards and progress in rank by participating in various activities including community service projects, marching in parades, and by supporting other school and city events. JROTC also has a competitive drill team, color guard, and raider team all of which rank among the best in the New England region.There is NO military service obligation associated with this program.

Contact person/ info: Willaim Weber/Senior Army Instructor | Al Almedia/ Army Instructor | 203- 977-5075

Website: https://www.stamfordpublicschools.org/westhill-high-school/jrotc

 

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Kids Helping Kids

The mission of Kids Helping Kids is to facilitate the development of leadership skills through youth-led service projects.  We empower kids to turn empathy into action by designing and implementing service projects that benefit other children in the community. All of our projects are created, planned, and led by youth. They provide meaningful and enriching experiences, foster personal connections, help our youth develop critical 21st-century skills, and fill a need for kids throughout the community.

Contact person/ info: Jennifer Bently | Hannah Paddock | 203-859-9483

Website: https://kidshelpingkidsct.org/

 

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Live Girl

Live Girl serves thousands of girls in grades 5 through college age annually in our free-of-charge innovative leadership development and mentoring program. The LiveGirl Fellowship Program is designed to provide significant leadership experience for extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership potential and initiative while involved in LiveGirl throughout their high school years. Fellowship assignments include research, advocacy, digital marketing, and public speaking.

Contact person/ info: Alison Waller/ Program Director | Alision@goLiveGirl.org

Website: https://golivegirl.org/

Application Link

 

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Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC)

The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC) is a program of the Stamford Youth Services Bureau. The program’s mission is to promote student activism through public awareness activities, volunteer programs, and social change campaigns. The chapters address several social issues: mental health, sexual harassment/assault, dating violence, human trafficking, the rights of immigrants, and school climate issues. Action on policy issues include discussions with school administrators, the board of education, and members of Connecticut’s General Assembly.

Contact Information

AITE

Laurie Graziano, Adviser

Phone: 203-977-0829

Email: lgraziano@stamfordct.gov

Instagram: @MYLC at AITE

Stamford High School

Bob Kocienda, Adviser

Phone: 203-977-4643

Email: bkocienda@yahoo.com

Instagram: @mylcstm

Westhill High School

Laurie Graziano, Adviser

Phone: 203: 977-0829

Email: lgraziano@stamfordct.gov

Instagram: @mylcatwhs

 

Mayor’s Youth Summer Employment Program

The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) is a summer paid internship/work-readiness program for current Junior and Senior high school students who are Stamford residents.  The program is 6 weeks and offers 30 hours of classroom work-readiness training and 140 hours of paid work.

Contact person/info: Michelle Lappas/Program Coordinator | mlappas@stamfordct.gov | 203-977-0830

Website: https://www.stamfordmyep.com/

 

Mill River Summer Steward

The Mill River Stewards, our paid high school internship program, is an opportunity for young adults who live in Stamford to learn firsthand conservation practices, environmental stewardship, college and career readiness skills, and how all this connects to the ecology of Mill River Park. They will have the opportunity to work alongside Mill River Park’s professional staff and to learn how an environmental non-profit organization functions as part of the local community.

Contact person/ info: Trent McCann, Education Programs Manager | trent@millriverpark.org

Website: https://millriverpark.org/conservation/youth-internships/

 

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Senior Internship Program

The Senior Internship Experience (SIE) is an unpaid internship program for current seniors in the Stamford Public School System.  It takes place from mid-May through the middle of June for approximately three to four weeks (ending date subject to change based on graduation date). This program will allow students the opportunity to pursue their unique interests and passions outside the confines of their formal education program.

Contact person/info: Michelle Lappas/Program Coordinator, mlappas@stamfordct.gov, 203-977-0830

Website: www.stamford-sie.org

 

SPEF

The mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is to deliver educational programs and resources that elevate student, educator, and parent success by bridging the gap between needs in the Stamford Public Schools and resources in our community. The Foundation’s vision is that each and every student in the Stamford Public Schools will graduate high school prepared and inspired to be a productive member of society.

Contact person/ info: Lindsay Wyman/ Director of Programming | lwyman@spefct.org

Website: https://spefct.org/

 

Stamford High School IB (International Baccalaureate) Program

This program requires students to take six, two-year college level IB courses, as well as an IB Theory of Knowledge course and a Research Foundations course. In these interconnected courses, students will develop important 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, research, inquiry, self-management and so much more. All sophomores in Stamford are eligible to apply for admission into the program. The district is currently covering costs of exams for students on free and reduced lunch.

Contact person/info:

Tiffany Clark (Program Coordinator) | TClark@stamfordct.gov

Matthew Forker (Administrator for IB) | MForker@stamfordct.gov

Website: https://shsibdp.wixsite.com/shsibdp

 

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The Reaching Independence Through Employment (RITE) Program

The RITE Program helps individuals and families attain a greater sense of self-sufficiency through counseling, goal planning, job-skills training, life skills and family support. RITE coordinators provide free vocational support focusing on resume’ writing and defined job search skills in one-on-one meetings and group settings via scheduled workshops.

Contact person/info:

Jessica Herlihy 203-324-3167 (Stamford)

Darian Jones 203-629-2822 (Greenwich)

Website: https://familycenters.org/Reaching-Independence-Through-Employment-RITE

 

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UCONN ECE

UConn Early College Experience (UConn ECE) is a concurrent enrollment program that allows motivated high school students to take UConn courses at their high schools for both high school and college credit. Every course taken through UConn ECE is equivalent to the same course at the University of Connecticut. Students benefit by taking college courses in a setting that is both familiar and conducive to learning. The University of Connecticut certifies high school teachers to serve as UConn ECE Instructors and teach UConn courses.

Contact person/ info:

Stamford High School, Rafael Escobar | 203-977-5086 | rescobar@stamfordct.gov

AITE, Josh Bogard | jbogard@stamfordct.gov

Website: https://ece.uconn.edu/

 

Upward Bound

Upward Bound prepares underserved and/or first-generation college-bound students in grades 9 through 12 for success in high school, enrollment in college, and ultimately college graduation. All services are provided at no cost to participants.

Contact person/info: Stacey Reid SReid@StamfordCT.gov (SHS only)

Website:   https://www.stamfordpublicschools.org/stamford-high-school/students/pages/upward-bound-college-prep

 

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Women’s Mentoring Network

The First Generation Achievement Program provides support, services, programs and workshops to students and their parents in order to assist them while they are in school and plan for the future.

Contact person/info:

Tasha Green-Watson, tgreenwatson@wmninc.org/ (203) 357-1561

Lana Gifas, lgifas@wmninc.org, (203) 348-3828

Website: https://wmninc.org/

 

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YMCA

The Stamford Y is a community service, nonprofit organization committed to programs that strengthen the spirit, mind & body for all.

Contact person/ info:

Shawn Patch/Chief Executive Officer shawn@stamfordymca.org

Patricia Lee Fervil/Managing Director of Special Events and Operations | pat@stamfordymca.org | 203-357-7000

Website: https://stamfordymca.org/