project overcome

In the future, POI’s Program would like to offer programming that increases participation from boys, too. Since 2017, Project Overcome has served 24 students. During that time, half of the students have improved their homework grades. 100% of the students consistently participate in programming, including homework completion and life skills activities. Studies show that a student’s participation in an after school program improves their academic achievement (Youth Gov, Business Insider, The Guardian,). It is anticipated that expansion of the program will allow more students to be served, increasing the number of students who succeed in school and life. Last year, two students “graduated” from the program and moved on to middle school with good grades. 

Focus: Education 

County: Fairfield 

Contact: Brandon Figliolino, Director of Grants and Funding; PO Box 112318, Stamford, CT 06911. Phone: 7205603633; Email:

interruptions disruptingthe silence, llc

Research has shown that families living in urban poverty often encounter multiple traumas over many years. Furthermore, they are less likely than families living in more affluent communities to have access to the resources that may facilitate the successful negotiation of their traumatic experiences. Research indicates that families living in urban poverty encounter multifaceted risks associated with the hardship of depleted resources, burdens of high stress and incivilities, and exposure to multiple traumas. Due to ethnic groups being overrepresented, there can be additional suffering secondary to racist attitudes and negative social perceptions of people living in poverty. 

● This production targets underserved and marginalized minorities who may be dealing with or unaware of the symptoms of PTSD, grief, depression, or other types of trauma. We are also targeting behavioral health providers to assist us in our work. We chose the city of New Haven because of its location and challenges. The city of New Haven is like other urban centers and encounters the same challenges as it relates to violence. According to Data USA, in 2017, New Haven had a population of 131k people with a median age of 30.7 and a median household income of $39,191. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of New Haven, CT grew from 130,405 to 130,884, a 0.367% increase and its median household income grew from $38,126 to $39,191, a 2.79% increase. The population of New Haven, CT is 39% Black or African American Alone, 30.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 30.3% White Alone. N/A% of the people in New Haven, CT speak a non-English language, and 87.8% are U.S. citizens. 31% of residents live below the poverty level of that number, 50% are people of African descent. This production is not gender-specific. With the use of technology, we have the ability to reach a global and diverse population as opposed to a local stage production. 

● It is difficult to quantify the number of individuals Interruptions will directly serve due to the event being hosted online as we are now anticipating a more global viewing. Since COVID-19, we will air this production online versus a stage production. But will be promoted within Connecticut within the multi-generational communities of color. The previously aired podcasts, and social media pages also lend another platform to reach even more individuals in diverse communities. We hope to attract an audience of over 300 patrons for the online performance for a total of 540 to 600 people of color from the Greater New Haven area. We have already had two online stage readings attracting over 50 people/organizations and podcasts with various guests from the New Haven Community that highlights topics relating to Interruptions. The online production is scheduled to broadcast on Labor Day weekend. We expect all patrons will remain for the post-production discussion on trauma, COVID-19, and seeking community resources. Mental health and healthcare resources will be available. During this discussion, healthcare professionals will discuss the myths and facts of COVID-19. Additionally, in two years, we expect to have this message heard by a global and multi-generational audience and impact at least 1,000 people indirectly. We expect this project will start raising awareness and starting conversations that are long overdue in the community. By partnering with health care agencies, we will be a link for referrals and services. 

Focus: Health 

County: New Haven 

Contact: Rev. Odell Montgomery Cooper, 10 New Haven, CT 06515, 203-215-9712 

network for teaching entrepreneurship

new haven (NFTENH)

How We Do It: Certified NFTE teachers, teaching a business development, math or marketing course enroll students in their classes. Using the Canvas platform, workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, field trips, and various hands-on experiences, students attend classes three days a week and must pass 20 business development modules of the course in order to get a passing grade. Each student is also required to develop a business concept, write a business plan and present their plan to a panel of judges consisting of local business owners, business judges, and community leaders in a classroom competition, school-wide (schools with multiple classes), Citywide and regional competition. The top two winners participate in the NFTE National Business Plan Competition. These combined activities have been shown to stimulate students’ mindsets about entrepreneurship as a career pathway. Many students also go on to study business in college and some operate their small businesses. 

Goals and Impacts: Heighten interest in learning about business and understanding the entrepreneurial mindset... I can start a business (career) and improve myself and my community. Enable students to recognize opportunities for developing a business by exploring current and past business trends Learn how to develop business budgets Improve reading and math skills Learn how to do research various market trends Understand how use social media to understand customer profiles Develop presentation and speaking skills Update and provide teacher training Updated Canvas Teacher Training Student Canvas Licenses Student Program Expenses Student New York City Wholesale District Field Trip - 4 buses This trip provides an opportunity for students to buy products wholesale, negotiate prices, and participate in a school sales event - reinforcing the concepts of selling wholesale, retail, net profit, cost of one unit and how to market products. Student classroom materials and supplies for creating pop up business displays - poster boards, ribbons, art supply, flash drives, tools and any material that helps students complete their exhibit booths at school and the Citywide Competition - Classroom Competition Awards - $5,500 - Classroom and school competition award for student business plans. Awards are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4 place winners. And, schools with two or three classes a school competition is held, and prizes awarded. Citywide Competition Awards - $4,000 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th winners and student exhibit booths for non-presenters Annual Event -Refreshments and awards - $3,000 (Plus some in-kind costs from Wilbur Cross Culinary) Breakfast and lunch for students and guests (estimated 200-300) NFTE backpacks for students. 

The majority of our students attend, Wilbur Cross High School, Career Regional High and Adult Education Center. Metropolitan Business Academy and Hillhouse High School were past program participants. The decision to participate in this program led up to the principal and these two schools felt their teachers had too many responsibilities. We are hoping to reintroduce these schools to our program. The program reaches approximately 150 students per year. NFTE has been active for 16 years. 

Focus: Economics 

County: New Haven 

Contact: Elaine Thomas-Williams, Coordinator, 1040 Whalley Ave, New Haven, 06515 203-397-1714 

new haven county chapter, links, inc.

The New Haven Links has rapidly responded to a clear need in these extraordinary times. Our efforts have primarily been focused on residents of Dixwell/Newhallville, the Hill neighborhoods and residents of Elm City Communities. This population, primarily African American, is at extreme risk of contracting COVID-19 with limited resources to provide protection and safety. To accomplish our goal, we partnered with people and organizations dedicated to helping at risk populations in our targeted areas. This has included: - Acquiring grocery gift cards in denominations of $25, $50, $100. These were distributed to families based upon family size and need as established by each organization. The organizations provided us with spreadsheets documenting recipients. To date we have provided $15,000 in food assistance. - Providing N95 or KN95 masks for adults. At the time of our initial distribution, the cost was more than $3.50 per mask. As availability has increased, the cost has decreased, and these masks are now available for about $2.50 per mask. We anticipate the need for additional masks will be ongoing. 

We plan to provide an additional 4000 masks. - Supporting Wexler-Grant School. We have been contacted by faculty at Wexler-Grant School about masks for children. The polypropylene masks are not suitable for children. We are planning to provide cloth masks as needed. These masks cost from $7-$10 each depending on the seamstress. Depending upon our negotiated price, we would like to provide 1000-1200 masks to children associated with our affiliated organizations. An identified new area of focus is: - The need for health kits for individuals in the communities we're serving. These Ziploc bag kits would contain items such as individualized hand sanitizer, q-tips, antiseptic wipes, supply of face masks with instructions on their use and care, etc. - The need for oximeters and medical thermometers that can be located at and used by an organization. 

Focus: Health 

County: New Haven 

Contact: Elsie Chapman, New Haven Links Chapter Member, 42 Academy Street, Unit 6, New Haven, CT, 06511,, 203-417-1111 

the hord foundation, inc.

The Hord Foundation has provided higher education financial assistance and post-secondary information to students every school year for 27 years. We work to encourage and reward excellence among students of African descent and provide services to those who need it in the Greater Danbury area. Our main focus is students who live in Danbury, though we provide college scholarships to deserving youth who live in the towns that make up the Greater Danbury area. There are just over 84,000 people who reside in the town of Danbury which includes 8,000 African American and 24,000 Latin/Hispanic residents. Recent research indicates that 34% of the adult population in Danbury have a bachelor’s degree (or greater) which helps to understand that 11% of the households in town are at the poverty level. 

To help address the needs of the community, The Hord Foundation, Inc. promotes education because we recognize the power of knowledge. Since our founding, the work that we do has been focused on helping others who are in need. We have worked to support the wide needs of citizens through education attainment, scholar support service, and resource and referral information for health, social, and employment information because we do not provide direct service in those areas. We have a full calendar of things that we do in the Danbury community focused on service: in February, we host an annual Gala as a major fundraiser that supports our work in scholarship and in service, in March we host the spring College/Career Fair for middle and high school students, in June we host a fundraiser, in September we host our annual Appeal focused on fundraising for our work in programming and activities, in October we host the second College/Career Fair, and in December we host a book fundraiser. All that we do in programming is focused on supporting students and families and helping them to connect education, employment, and earnings…which can be life-changing for some. The Board members of The Hord Foundation, Inc. are committed to our cause of scholar service and each effort we make is in the direction of our dream of academic excellence and independent success for as many students we can support and serve. 

Focus: Education 

County: Fairfield 

Contact: Kelly Mero, Ph.D., Executive Director, P.O. Box 4671, Danbury, CT 06811; 203.298.8090; Email: 

 Telehealth Access for Seniors

This application is specifically for our work in CT though. TeleHealth Access for Seniors is partnering with the Fair Haven Community Health Clinic to bring TeleMedicine access to over 40 patients locally in New Haven. These patients are frequently high-risk patients suffering from healthcare access issues and “social-determinants” to health, like poor living conditions leading to chronic conditions like asthma. Because of these chronic conditions, these patients require continuous care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most medical care shifted entirely online to a TeleMedicine model. However, most of these low-income patients at the Fair Haven Community Health Clinic lacked the devices to use for TeleMedicine and therefore have gone without critical care since mid-March (almost 14 weeks). To combat this issue, our non-profit provides patients with camera-enabled devices, free guides, and free tech support. Funding will be used to purchase devices for patients. These devices not only help the patients but help the community by helping others stay home and social distance. Our organization is the right group to carry out this project because we have a proven track record both nationally and locally. Nationally, we have collected and donated over 1030 devices to over 75 partner clinics. In Connecticut, we have donated approximately 80 devices to the West Haven Veterans Hospital, 45 devices to the Hartford Veterans Center, 10 to the Yale Pediatric Diabetes Center, and 24 to the CT Mental Health Center. All clinics have given extremely positive feedback on the devices, guides, and tech support. All patients were really appreciative of the devices as well. 

County: New Haven 

Focus: Health 

Contact: Aakshi Agarwal, Co-Founder, 485 West Woods Road, Hamden, CT,, 203-909-2109 

cook & grow

Cook and Grow fills a particular urgent community need by addressing the need for general nutrition and food education in the Greater Bridgeport area. A survey conducted by the Connecticut Food Bank found that nearly 23.3% of Bridgeport residents are considered food insecure (CT Food Bank, 2016). Unfortunately, high rates of unemployment, poverty, and lack of grocery stores that sell fresh produce are often the cause of food insecurity and unhealthy eating habits that lead to health issues such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, etc. Scholarships are particularly important to the Bridgeport community because nearly all of the city’s families face economic challenges that prevent a healthy diet and lifestyle. The Youth Culinary Leadership Program will run for a four-week session in July. The total cost of tuition for one four-week session is $575 per participant, but if we are in receipt of the full request amount of $3000, we can provide full scholarships to up to 5 youth for the full session. 

In the coming year, Cook and Grow hopes to serve 40 children through the Junior Chef Program, and 20 youth through the Youth Culinary Leadership Program, with each group receiving a minimum of 45 instructional hours in cooking classes and gardening. 




Focus: Education 


Contact: Sarah Lewis, Volunteer Grant Writer and Chef Mona Jackson, Founder and CEO of Cook and Grow. 1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604. and 203-543-9493 

kiyama movement

This initiative is unique in that it creates a new paradigm pertaining to electoral politics. Historically, individuals are told to vote. Rarely are individuals taught the basic fundamentals of voting. Such lack of knowledge has caused many to become disillusioned by the process. This disillusionment often results in voter apathy, which has a significant adverse impact on communities of color. 

County: New Haven 

Focus: Education 

Contact: Mike Jefferson; 290 Bellevue Road New Haven, CT 06511; 203-623-6276;

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The Grandfamilies are in need of educational training on how to use Technology Equipment and training on how to use the equipment. Due to COVID19, we are having Virtual Support Group meetings, and because the grandparents are an older-they struggle in getting connected each month. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program(GRG) would like to provide those grandparents with tablets, access to the internet, and training to keep them in the loop of the various resource needs they may have. The Program would like to be able to refer them to organizations that will assist them with issues surrounding their mental health needs, financial needs, as well as workshops offered to them virtually during COVID19. The GRG Program would benefit from this, making them more knowledgeable with technical equipment-usage of devices and giving them the confidence to not be afraid to use it. 

County: New Haven 

Focus: Education 

Contact: Lisa Willis, Program Coordinator, 425 Newhall Street, Hamden CT 06517, 203-624-3028 

Kingdom International Economic Development Corporation (KIEDC)


COVID19 has had a severe impact on the Black Community, first in attack on the front-line workers, and then the number of jobs lost due to business closures. As a result, the basic needs of food insecurity in the Black Community have reached epic proportions affecting the elderly, youth, and families. The purpose of this request is for funds to meet the basic needs of the community and provide mentorship and guidance to the youth in preparing for the digital economy post-COVID. 

1) We believe that this program will help our organization to first meet the basic needs of the community through relieving some of the food insecurities, and help the children prepare for the winter months with some warm clothing (coats, hats, gloves). 2) We also have garnered many professional volunteers to continue to provide mentorship and educational training for our Youth Technology Innovation Green and Renewable Energy (TIGRE) programs. We need more space to continue to transform our youth into the digital community while our economy retools itself following COVID19. 

County: Hartford 

Focus: Health 

Contact: Metashar Dillon, Chairman; PO Box 27 Windsor, CT 06095;; (860) 810-7153 

Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc.

We are planning the following conversations and workshops: 

• The power of the vote 

• The importance of voting 

• How the electoral college works 

• The work of civil rights leaders, and how to carry on the work of previous leaders • Managing your time to achieve important goals 

• Managing your work so that you have enough time to achieve your goals Anticipated goals are: • Increased understanding of, and ability to participate in, local and state government 

• Increased knowledge of the civil rights movement and increased ability to carry the work into the next decade 

• Increased time management skills for personal and community benefit Impact: • Provide African American citizens with young people prepared to continue the work, like John Lewis, to get into “Good Trouble” • Provide the community with the skills to make change by understanding the power of their vote and the ability to change policies at the local, state, and federal level 

Focus: Education 

County: Hartford 

Contact: Dayna R. Snell, LCSW, Executive Director, 18 Newton Ave, Plainville, CT 06062, 06062,, 860.805.6169