412 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years received quality care and education through our nationally-accredited childcare program, and parents were able to go to work knowing their children were safe, learning, and having fun.
60 mothers with children ages 6 months to 8 years who face social, economic, and educational barriers or have not completed high school participated in our Family Literacy Center.
93 children ages 4 to 11 years old joined our fun-filled Summer Sizzlers summer vacation camp.
145 students were given a safe, comfortable place to learn and have fun after school through the STRIVE program for middle school girls.
88 high school girls were served through the House of Teens teen center in 2018.
110 students had an engaging, comfortable, and stimulating place to spend their time before and after school.
STRIVE girls attended Central Connecticut State University’s “She Persisted” event with Chelsea Clinton. They painted “kindness rocks,” participated in therapeutic activities to help deal with emotions through art, and learned about safe dating and internet safety. Some girls have been taking part in Gardening Club, and others have been attending the Children With Incarcerated Parents Support Group.
Thanks to support from the Petit Family Foundation, STRIVE girls went to the Talcott Mountain Science Center twice a week to do fun and educational STEAM activities. Through these activities they created painting/animation projects that were presented at their end-of-program reception to parents, administrators and community partners.
The House of Teens found a new home in the new East Side Community Center. The program now offers the teens classes in stress management, career and college preparation, and nutrition classes from mentors from the Community Health Center thanks to the new programming space.
For 52 weeks, beginning in January 2018, YWCA New Britain has been celebrating the inspirational women who have made an impact on our community. Those chosen for the 52 Weeks of Inspirational Women social media project inspired us through their leadership, hard work, philanthropy, and their determination to make a difference in the lives of others.
606 gymnastics students, including 17 Xcel competition team members, took classes to gain sports skills and self-confidence, and to learn teamwork.
188 karate students learned self-defense, respect, coordination, and discipline.
532 dance students from our New Britain and Bristol dance studios displayed grace and beauty at the annual recital for over 1,000 spectators.
The School of Dance started a competition team! Master classes were open to anyone who wanted to try out for the team, and the final selection of 10 dancers was made after the spring recital. Dancers have been working hard to develop skills and learn their competition routines. The team hopes to be ready to compete in the spring.
The YWCA’s Youth Theater program performed its premiere production of Mary Poppins, Jr. at Trinity-On-Main in New Britain.
YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism was held in April at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one element of our national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Over 750 events take place across the country for the Stand Against Racism, including public policy advocacy, community education, and public proclamations.
In April, the YWCA Stand Against Racism event brought much needed attention and ideas to the New Britain community about how to heal trauma caused by urban renewal.
1,272 people received comfort, compassion and counseling provided by SACS, helping victims and their families regain feelings of independence, optimism, and hope.
6,747 is the number of hours SACS volunteers contributed to help survivors of sexual assault.
120 presentations were given to groups through outreach and prevention trainings.
41 students completed Counselor Advocate Training classes, gaining the training and experience needed to provide supportive counseling and advocacy to sexual assault survivors.
YWCA New Britain's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) covers a 46-town region - all of Hartford County, part of Tolland County and the town of Plymouth. We offer assistance to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. These services are critical after such trauma, helping victims and their families regain feelings of independence, optimism and hope. The advocates on staff are trained to work with hospital staff, the court system, public safety officers and other counselors assisting their clients.
We gathered together staff, volunteers, board members, and friends to celebrate YWCA's successes at our Annual Meeting. We recognized outstanding volunteers and the invaluable work they do for us. This year awards were presented to Thalia Colon by the childcare department, Lelania Lebrun by the Family Literacy Center, Peter Doucette by our Sexual Assault Crisis Service, and Stacey Ormsby by our administrative office.
Our 25th Annual Evening of Treasures Auction had a Denim & Diamonds theme this year, and raised over $68,000 for YWCA programs and services.
Our dance department participated in the Bristol Mum Parade, performed “Thriller” on Halloween in downtown New Britain and in Plainville, and took part in the New Britain Tree Lighting Ceremony.
In the fall, YWCA Fitness held its annual Fall Family Festival. The Fall Family Festival was a family-friendly event that included healthy activities for all ages to enjoy. Pumpkin painting, healthy seasonal refreshments, crafts, and a bounce house were a few activities to choose from.
In December, we hosted a Winter Wonderland event which included vendors for holiday shopping, pictures with Santa, kid’s activities and ended in our holiday show performance of “Holidays Around the World.”
The House of Teens participated in a PhotoVoice project with the topic of “Community Safety.” PhotoVoice is a photojournalism project that empowers youth to identify barriers to health and advocate for change. The girls used digital cameras to take pictures of safety concerns in their neighborhoods, created a digital media presentation, and put together a script to present to various stakeholders that have the power to make changes to solve the problem.