Looking for a chance to make a difference after graduation? Become a City Year Americorps member. Members serve paid, fulltime positions in systemically under-resourced schools to support students’ social, emotional and academic development. Primary responsibilities include relationship building, leading/organizing school programs and activities, providing one-on-one of group tutoring and mentoring, and supporting classroom instruction. Not only does the job provide schools with the additional capacity to enhance learning and belonging, but it offers you the chance to build valuable community and career leadership skills.
CLICC (Connecting Through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Caregivers)
CLICC (Connecting Through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Caregivers) is recruiting to train volunteers to be mentors of children of incarcerated parents. We are beginning to plan CLICC presentations/mentor trainings for the fall semester. If you have students who might be interested in volunteering to mentor a child of an incarcerated parent, or if you would like us to present to your class/club/organization this fall, please let us know! At this point, we are open to presenting virtually or in person.
We anticipate our child-mentoring needs to grow in the coming months. CLICC is receiving new applications as we begin to return to seven Connecticut prisons to mentor incarcerated parents with children (ages 5-17.) A second group of CLICC mentors —many of them college students — receive training and pass a background check to mentor the children of these parents, right in their community. CLICC mentors meet one-to-one with children for one hour, once a week, for a period of one calendar year (many mentoring pairs go to a more relaxed schedule during the summer, however.)
Additional Contact information: Joy Haenlein (executive Director) firstname.lastname@example.org,
Aaron Weintraub (Program Director), email@example.com
Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families
The mission of the Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families is to strengthen foster, adoptive and kinship care families through support, training and advocacy with the aim of nurturing child safety, well-being and stability in partnership with child welfare professionals and the entire community.
Contact: Krystal Hernandez, Outreach Coordinator
Consolidated School District of New Britain
In partnership with family and community, the Consolidated School District of New Britain works to provide the best personalized and comprehensive whole-child education at every level so students will be prepared for, and positively contribute to, a profoundly different future.
Field education opportunities are available, but college students should speak to their college placement coordinator who will then communicate with the school district to arrange placements.
Girls Inc. of Meriden provides research-based programming delivered by trained professionals focused on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl environment.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact Victoria Merchant at 203.235.7146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc. (Pathways/Senderos Center)
Pathways/Senderos is a youth development program that runs after school programs for children ages 11-18. The program offers tutoring, career and college exploration, wellness, recreation, and other enrichment activities.
Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the school year. Volunteers are needed for tutoring, arts, and recreation programs.
Internship opportunities may be available.
Contact: Heather Mills, Executive Director
Literacy Volunteers of Central CT
The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Central CT (LVCC) is to improve the lives of adults and families through literacy. Volunteer tutors work with students in small groups of 1-4 to help them reach their personal goals while teaching them to read, write, speak English, or improve their math skills. Tutors offer life and work skill training, citizenship preparation, writing classes, higher education placement test preparation, math tutoring, conversational classes and more.
Contact: Ron Sheffer, Executive Director, email@example.com
New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
It is the mission of the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department to provide the best parks and recreation facilities and most satisfying programs in the State of Connecticut. We establish and develop community partnerships and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the diverse 72,000 New Britain residents which spans a wide range of cultures and economic compositions.
The Department offers two after school programs for elementary and middle schoolers. The job positions offered are site supervisor, wellness manager, and group leaders. Daily responsibilities include group management, planning and leading recreation and enrichment activities, homework assistance, and building meaningful relationships. Applications are accepted throughout the year, so apply now!
Learn more and fill out an application
Contact: Lindsey Smida, Assistant After School Program Coordinator, 860.826.3431
If interested in other opportunities/positions, reach out to one of the Recreation Services Coordinators: Eric Dowling: 860.826.3360 or Matt Scofield: firstname.lastname@example.org, 860.826.3358
Our Piece of the Pie serves Greater Hartford and young people ages 14-24, who have one or more of the following risk factors: under-credited and overaged, Child Welfare involved, justice involved, low income and unemployed or under-employed.
Information on volunteering
Opportunity Academy (OA) is a program offered by Our Piece of the Pie. OA is an alternative solution offering overaged, under-credited students support in their educational journey through student-centered, project-based learning. Undergraduates who are majoring in education can complete field work at the school for the duration of a semester and/or school year assisting teachers and school staff in the area of Math/ELA/Science/Social Studies and/or an elective.
OA Contact: Mrs. Sutherland, Principal, 860.761.7356
Boys and Girls Club of New Britain
The Boys and Girls Club is a diverse non-profit youth development agency that serves children ages 6-18.
Volunteer opportunities are available for education, social and recreational activities
Contact: Kayla Adams, Human Resources
Phone Number: 860.229.2865
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. JA is the fastest growing financial education organization, providing programs to students in Grades K-12 at no cost to the schools. JA curriculum correlates with Connecticut state standards and is delivered by trained volunteers, recruited from local businesses and the community, in partnership with classroom teachers. Programs are offered during the school day and in after-school settings. Visit http://jaconn.org for more information on how to get involved.
Volunteer opportunities are available through JA of Southwest New England.
Contact: Ashlyn Lower, Marketing & Communications Manager, ALower@jaconn.org, 860.525.4510 or Nicole Diorio, Director of Education, email@example.com, 860.751.1139
CCSU's Jumpstart site serves low-income children ages 3-5 in select preschool classrooms in New Britain, CT. Jumpstart is one of CCSU’s key community partners. Every year, CCSU students are trained to work in teams to help local pre-school aged children to develop their language and literacy skills through reading and interactive activities. Students gain professional early childhood experience and can receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for completing 300 hours of service.
Volunteer and work-study positions are also available.
Program Site Supervisor
Language and Literacy Lab
They specialize in the differential diagnosis of reading, writing, and language disorders for children and adults who struggle with literacy. Their goal is to provide the highest quality academic language and literacy evaluations, interventions, and instructional solutions for ALL students, especially those with the most complex and unique profiles.
New Britain Police Athletic League (P.A.L)
New Britain Police Athletic League (P.A.L) coordinates activities throughout the year that focus on leadership and character development through after school programs, activities, academics, and athletics. P.A.L. works year round with youth in New Britain.
Volunteer and internship opportunities are available during the summer program and in the fall and spring during after school programming
Contact: Officer Barry Hertzler
Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)
OIC runs after school and summer youth employment programming for local New Britain youth and is dedicated to helping youth develop career and workforce readiness skills.
Volunteers are needed for after school programs that run throughout the semester. Summer positions may also be available.
Contact: Paulette Fox (Executive Director)
ParaDYM Inc. provides after school programs, offering connected learning through media literacy, transmedia production, social entrepreneurship, and life skill training that prepare youth for post-high school educational opportunities and for successful transitions into the workforce.
Using interdisciplinary, media-driven extended day and out of school programs, ParaDYM Inc. provides a pathway for at-risk and marginalized students interested in pursuing post-secondary education and careers in media production, distribution, and management.
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities are available- no media production experience required
Contact: Duane Pierre
Queen Ann Nzinga Center (QANC) encourages young people to develop their confidence and talents holistically. QANC uses arts, music, and the humanities to help young people of all abilities to reach their full potential. Working in a multi-generational and multicultural environment, QANC weaves history, culture, and community engagement to engage, teach, and enrich participants and serve the community.
MSW & BSW internship opportunities are available, as well as other volunteer opportunities including:
Program Assistant: serves as a mentor for youth
Social Media Expert: promotes QANC events on social media
Volunteers: Currently seeking volunteers to support the Saturday Youth Development and Enrichment Program which runs from 12-5 PM.
Event Volunteers: Currently seeking volunteers during July, October, December, and March
Contact: Dayna Snell
YWCA New Britain
The YWCA of New Britain works to combine programming and advocacy to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.
They take volunteers in both governance and programs/activities.
Tracey Madden-Hennessey, Executive Director
Phone: 860.225.4681, ext. 288
Alyssa D'Amato, Volunteer Program Manager at the YWCA New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Service
Phone: 860.225.4681 ext. 520
Olga Fritho, Director of Youth Development Programs & Adult Education Services
Learn more about volunteer opportunities