ConnectiKids Inc. is a nonprofit positive youth development organization 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.
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 40th year of service and works with over 300 children from West Middle and MD Fox Elementary Schools through both, year-round, and summer programming.
E. Andrea Williams, Executive Director
Kaleitha Brown, Development Director
Kiera Steele, Program Director
Lilibeth Mendoza, Program Coordinator
Kimberly Sanchez, Program Assistant
Mary K. Wisenski, Co-Chair, Fiondella, Milone & Lasaracina
Garfield McKenzie, Co-Chair, Engineer, Aetna
Viktoriia Mills, Treasurer, Fiondella, Milone & Lasaracina,
Mark Kritzman, Facilities Manager, Mental Health Connecticut
Amina Musa, Affinity Groups Coordinator, United Way of Central and Northeast CT
Tara Pollard, Director, Enterprise Organization Effectiveness, The Travelers
Gerry Whitehead, Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Amber King, Personal Insurance Council, The Travelers Asylum Hil
Latrelle Pierce, Alumni Liaison