Programs & Events
Sidekicks began as a reasearch piece, but became something much larger. The goal is now to take carefully planned steps to solve the issue of homelessness in our community. It will take a lot of work, but we can do it together.
NB Herald article ...just the beginning!
"My name is John Carey and I’m a senior at CCSU in the Geography Department... the goal of this project was initially to define the problem and the goal has now become how we change this cycle of wretchedness. From changing the people to changing the political system much needs to be done. It starts with us and we will be the aid to change..." - John Carey '13
- The Sidekicks Program meets each week at Community Central, and serves homeless individuals by providing information and support on their journey toward a better future. Social Work and Nursing students, as well as alum, work to learn as much as possible about the resources available to the homeless in our area so that they can direct people toward these services and help them navigate their options.
An after-school program worked with CCSU, Professor Kurt Love and CCSU student intern, Jenny Naes on building a raised bed garden ourside Community Central.
Connecting with New Britain Schools
Community Central is determined to maintain, nurture, and develop strong and lasting relationships with the New Britain Schools. It is important for us to keep up-to-date with their policies, needs, and goals in order for us to enure that the goals and outcomes of our programs and activities are aligned with those of the schools. We have projects on the horizen, but we ALWAYS want your help to come up with more! Let us know if you want to work with New Britain students.
Every year, we parter with the New Britain HRA (Human Resources Association) to offer VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) at our storefront location, Community Central. This is a weekly tax assistance program that serves the low-income community.
We are passionate about how public art promotes a collective sense of community connectedness and pride. If you have any interest in working on murals and mosaics in the New Britain community, we are always looking for ideas, artists, and volunteers! Anyone can take part in making their community a more beautiful place.
"Community Central is working with a select group of students who are designing, painting, and hanging a mural to represent New Britain. The design is a representation of New Britain's history and the city's sister cities around the world." -Ellie Meise-Munns CCSU Alum '13
"ParaDYM" after-school program
The ParaDYM digital youth media program is where local high school students learn 21st century skills using media literacy, production and gamification as the building blocks for exploring traditional academic, social and life skills. If you want to help mentor, please email Duane Pierre at email@example.com.
Open- Mic Night
Past event - The Community Central Open-Mic Night was a monthly even that ran from 2011-2014. Poets, musicians, and comedians gathered to perform their routines and eat homemade waffles.
Community Central Mentoring
Past Program - The Community Central Mentoring Program at Vance started in October of 2010 when Community Central first opened its doors and ended in 2014. The mentoring program reached upwards of over one hundred students in its last three years!
"The program is focused on meeting needs to those students who may need one-on-one attention outside of the classroom. By dedicating one hour per week to meet with the students at Vance Village we as a program have seen growth, change, and positive advances. We hope to continue this program for as long as Vance Village will have us." -Krista Kingsbury CCSU Alum'12
Past Program - Community Central hosted basic airbrush classes on Saturdays. Local airbrush artist, AJ, taught people of all ages how to operate an airbrush, make stencils, and much more.
Be a part of something new and amazing on campus this year!
JUMPSTART IS NOW HIRING! Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits committed and passionate college students to work with preschool-age children on reading, writing and social skills. Jumpstart Corps members serve 10-12 hours a week in local early childhood centers, partnered with a small group of children. For those eligible, you can earn your Federal Work-Study and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the process, although Work-Study is not required! Those looking to volunteer with young children are encouraged to apply! Gain valuable skills and experience, earn Federal Work-Study, and make a difference in the life of a child! For more information and to apply, www.jstart.org or contact Kyle Pilon at (860) 832-2268 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Come visit in Willard 112!
Dream Big Summer Program
Past Program - The "Dream Big" Summer Program provided high school students and students transitioning into high school college preparatory and job readiness training. By merging traditional skill development methods with interactive workshops, recreational activities and enrichment modules in theater and media arts youth utilized hands-on practice to master skills like interviewing and team work management. Youth were exposed to 21st Century technology based career competencies needed to succeed in college and the workplace.
Nutrition and Exercise with STRIVE
Past Program - CCSU Global Sustainability graduate student, Pauline Galezowski, created an afterschool program for New Britain students of all ages that taught sustainable waste management through community clean-ups and creating art projects by reusing materials. Check out the pictures from recent clean-ups: FB Album
"The program focused on the importance of protecting the environment, all while encouraging reusing, recycling, leadership skills and creativity." -Pauline Galezowski CCSU Alum'14