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Youth Mentoring Grants Awarded by Connecticut Commission on National and Community Service

For Release: January 27, 1999

HARTFORD, Jan. 27 — The Connecticut Commission on National and Community Service has awarded grants to 16 programs across the state for youth mentoring activities. The programs are designed to recruit youngsters to mentoring programs as well as to train persons to be mentors and to conduct programs at community centers, schools, colleges, youth shelters and correctional institutions. More than 5,000 Connecticut youngsters are expected to be served.

The 16 programs were selected from 43 applicants in a highly competitive process. In all, the amount of Youth Mentoring Grants awarded exceeds $260,000. Individual grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. This is the first time such grants have been awarded by the Commission. Funding for the grants is provided by the state.

"These grants put money where it’s most needed — at the local level — so kids will have more opportunities to be mentored," stated William R. Dyson, chairman of the Connecticut Commission on National and Community Service. "Mentors help kids see the endless possibilities life has to offer. The Commission is please to be a leader of this effort."

Recipients of the Youth Mentoring Grants, listed by program location, are as follows:

City or Town Program
Bridgeport Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwestern CT
Bridgeport Bridgeport Board of Education
Bridgeport Greater Bridgeport Adolescent Pregnancy Program
Bridgeport Southend Community Center
Danbury The Danbury Mentoring Collaborative
Greenwich Life Issues: Youth Forums, Inc.
Hartford Hartford Americorps/Southend Community Services
Hartford Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Hartford The Village for Families and Children
Hartford The West Middle School
New Haven Dwight Hall College Mentoring Coalition-Yale University
New Haven Jumpstart
New Haven School Volunteers for New Haven
Terryville Plymouth School District
Vernon Rockville High School
Waterbury Partners in Education

The grant review panel was comprised of Commission members, youth development experts, legislative aides and state agency personnel.

The Connecticut Commission on National and Community Service was created in 1993 by an Executive Order of the Governor to promote volunteerism and coordinate service programs throughout the state. In partnership with the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, the Commission is the state’s lead agency for administering Connecticut’s AmeriCorps programs.


Contact: Connie Fraser
(860)947-1801


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