About Us

Focusing on Educating, Enriching, and Empowering Hartford’s youth

ConnectiKids Inc. is a nonprofit positive youth development agency that focuses on educating, enriching, and empowering Hartford’s youth. We work directly with two elementary schools, West Middle Community School and Michael D Fox Elementary School, with students in grades kindergarten to eighth grade. We provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring and arts & enrichment throughout the academic year and summer program during summer break. With these programs we expose our students to new people, places, and experiences that aid in positive growth and development.

Our Mission

Inspiring Hartford’s children to make positive choices; embrace high expectations and fulfill their potential by providing successful mentors, individualized tutoring, enriching activities and stimulating environments.

Our History

ConnectiKids began in 1978 when volunteers from the Asylum Hill Congregational Church initially got together to provide a positive summer experience for third grade students at West Middle School a public elementary school in the neighborhood.  The group formed what was to be known for the next twenty years as the West Middle School Committee.  Upon completing their first summer, the volunteers quickly realized there was a greater need for assistance; with help from corporations located on “The Hill” they decided to have occasional after-school tutoring sessions for those students. The name of the organization was changed to ConnectiKids in October of 1999 to better reflect the program’s wide-ranging impact and the connections it makes among children and adults from many walks of life.  ConnectiKids is currently in its 39th year of service and works with over 300 children from West Middle and MD Fox Elementary Schools through both, year-round, and summer programming.

Our Dedicated Staff


Andrea Williams, Executive Director

Kaleitha Brown, Development Director

Kiera Steele, Program Coordinator

Ashale Isaacs, Program Assistant

Kimberly Sanchez, Program Assistant

Destin Rodriguez, UConn Intern

Shanelle Hills, UConn Intern

Board of Directors


Gary Moore,  Aetna

Amber Doucette, Secretary, The Travelers

Tim Purtell, Treasurer, Fiondella, Milone & Lasaracina

Jane Condron, Aetna

Alia-Mae Blake, Alumni Liaison

Mark Kritzman, Co-Chair, Mental Health Connecticut

Mary K. WisenskiCo-Chair, Fiondella, Milone & Lasaracina

Rebekah Castagno, United Way

Maribel Sanchez, Central Connecticut State University

Garfield McKenzie, Aetna

Gerry Whitehead, Asylum Hill Congregational Church

Terrence Bacchus,  Aetna

Viktoriia Mills, Fiondella, Milone & Lasaracina