Carver Program Book (large download)
Founded in 1938, the Carver Center builds lifetime achievers of children and youth with the support of more than 400 volunteers reaching more than 4,000 individuals each year through a spectrum of educational, recreational, summer camp, after-school, and enrichment programs, as well as spring and fall national college tours. Parents and community leaders join in making the Carver Center Norwalk’s key advocate for low-income youth.
Through the Carver Center, paid tutors, in addition to dozens of volunteers, work with students from the city’s four middle schools, high school and nine of the city’s twelve elementary schools. After-school programs led by certified teachers and other qualified staff and volunteers are also established at Norwalk’s four middle schools and Norwalk High School. All of these academic programs provide tutoring in all subjects, hands-on science, preparation for standardized testing, and assistance with the college application process. More than 500 students receive this especially intensive academic assistance.
Recreation & Enrichment Programs
More than 72 years of grassroots success in providing community-based leadership and innovation affords the Carver Center with the ability to sustain a tradition of engaging youth and their parents in the Carver Center’s program planning and evaluation, to offer a well balanced array of programs, including after-school recreational, academic and enrichment programs, Summer Camp, a Drop-in Teen Center, youth-led community events, award-winning basketball leagues, soccer leagues, cultural enrichment programs, youth leadership programs and community wide initiatives such as holiday celebrations and food drives.
Youth Development Program – Free to middle and high school students
Our Youth Development Program (YDP) is an after-school initiative for middle and high school students. Established in 1970, YDP is designed to help students graduate on time with the minimum requirement for admission to college or trade school, fulfilling our vision for “building lifetime achievers.”
Paid internships/job opportunities, virtual mentoring, strong IT component and joint parent/student activities.
Contact: Benson Casimir for High School – 203 838 4305 Ext. 111
The Waiting List for the Youth Development program
Guidance Counselors in Norwalk Public Schools recommend students to us who are most in need of the Youth Development Program. Dozens of students are on the waiting lists at each of Norwalk’s four middle schools and Norwalk High School. Funding for additional staff (to maintain a one-to-ten ratio of staff to youth) is our only limitation, $1,000 per student, inasmuch as the entire program occurs within the students’ respective schools (i.e., there is no facility capacity limitation).
The Carver Center’s volunteer-led Strategic Planning Group brings encouragement, ideas and new opportunities to the agency’s board and staff. As a result of winning the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award, The Bridgespan Group (a nonprofit initiative of the global consulting firm Bain & Company) is currently conducting (pro bono) a four-month organizational effectiveness assessment.
The Carver Center collaborates with many partners, including the Maritime Aquarium and Sound Waters. The Carver Center invites all Norwalk’s after-school providers to participate in its annual Career Fair and they in turn invite their respective youth to participate in our annual college tours. The Carver Center also engages experts from the community to conduct parent workshops on topics such as IT, financial literacy, child advocacy, and on understanding standardized testing.
7 Academy Street, Norwalk CT 06850, (203) 838-4305
The Carver Foundation of Norwalk, Building Lifetime Achievers