The Educational, Cultural and Enrichment Programs:
The health and economic stability of marginalized and underserved youth and families residing in the City of Norwich have been negatively impacted for the past two years due to Covid-19. Many of our families face day to day challenges with food, housing and transportation insecurity and therefore many of our youth cannot afford the opportunities to attend quality enrichment programs to help them explore career opportunities during the summer. The Exploration to PropelProgram will provide marginalized and underserved middle school aged youth with opportunities to participate in enrichment programs that focus on increasing youth participation in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy is an FAA sponsored program in over 30 states. This program is a weeklong day camp for youth entering grades 6th – 9th at the Mystic Jet Center located at the Groton/New London Airport in August and is led by the Director/Teacher Stuart Sharack and staff. The objective is to engage selected students in aviation and focus on creating the next generation of aerospace professionals. The goal is to expand gender and racial diversity opportunities to provide equity for all in the aviation related careers.
Pathways to College and Career Program
The Pathways to College and Career Program will focus on providing educational, enrichment, mentorship and internship programs in the area of STEM, Visual and Performing Arts, and Entrepreneurship.
The Freedom 2 Be Creative will engage students through workshops, forums and guest speakers both in-person and virtually to enhance student exploration of various careers and business opportunities, the Courage 2 Pursue Your Dreams will engage students by providing opportunities to visit colleges, art and cultural centers and businesses due to the fact many students do not have the available resources or transportation, the Promise 2 Thrive and Succeed will engage students through mentorships, internships and local, state and national opportunities to participate in competitive and non-competitive opportunities
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Sankofa Education and Leadership, Inc. will collaborate with Norwich Public Schools (NPS), Integrated Day Charter School (IDCS), Norwich Free Academy Office of Diversity and the NAACP Norwich Branch to market and identify diverse underserved, underrepresented, socially and economically disadvantaged middle school aged youth to participate in the Exploration to Propel