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About Us

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

ConnectiKids Inc. is a nonprofit positive youth development organization that focuses on educating, enriching, and empowering Hartford’s youth. We work directly with three elementary schools, West Middle Community School, Dr. James H. Naylor School, and Michael D. Fox Elementary School, with students in kindergarten to fifth grade. We work with one middle school, Martin Luther Jr. Middle School, to serve students in sixth to eighth grade. We provide one-on-one or small group tutoring, mentoring, arts, book club, and 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

ConnectiKids connects students facing systemic inequities and other barriers with people, places and experiences that level the playing field and inspire academic achievement, positive life choices, and big dreams.

We fulfill this youth-empowering, equity-advancing mission in partnership with schools, families, and the community. We provide one-on-one academic tutoring, individualized mentoring, arts and enrichment programs, and community-based learning experiences during the academic year and summer. These connections and opportunities motivate historical

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 44th year of service and works with over 300 children from West Middle, Naylor, M.D. Fox Elementary, and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle Schools through both, year-round, and summer programming.

Our Dedicated Staff


E. Andrea Williams, Executive Director

Kaleitha Brown, Development Director

Kiera Steele, Program Director

Vicmarie Delgado, Program Coordinator

 

Board of Directors


Marion Moebus, Chair, Sr. Business Consultant, Hartford Financial Services Group

Therese May, Vice ChairSpeech and Language Therapist, Preferred Therapy Solutions

Viktoriia Mills, Treasurer, Senior Audit Associate Fiondella, Milone & Lasaracina,

Shay Lewis, Assistant Principal, Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School 

Jeremy Smith, Director, Engineering Digital Workspace, The Travelers

Ymari Rigby, Process Analysis, Hartford Financial Services Group 

Angelika Matics, Montessori Para Educator  

Roland Lessard, Greenwich Point Capital

Barrow Shurn, Associate Director Engineering, Pratt & Whitney (division of Raytheon Technologies)