KeyBank Foundation Supports Carver's Afterschool Program

KeyBank Foundation approved a grant of $5,000 to support Carver’s Youth Development Program. “We are so grateful to our friends at KeyBank for advocating for and supporting the success of our students,” said Carver’s Executive Director, Novelette Peterkin. “Carver is able to accomplish so much day after day only because of our many supporters such as KeyBank Foundation who believe in Carver’s vision that every Norwalk child graduates from high school on-time and college-ready.”

“At KeyBank, we believe all students should have access to high quality education and programs that support their academic success,” said KeyBank Market President Jeff L. Hubbard. “We are impressed with depth and breadth of afterschool enrichment programs offered at Carver, and the outstanding results their students achieve year after year.  KeyBank is proud to support Carver’s efforts in helping Norwalk students’ prepare for college and career success.”

Carver serves nearly 800 Norwalk students after school in the Carver Community Center, in Norwalk’s four middle and two comprehensive high schools, and in Side by Side Charter School. Carver’s programming offers Hands-on, Project-Based Academic Enrichment (e.g., Literacy, Math and STEM Education); Tutoring & Homework; Health & Wellness programs; SAT, PSAT and SBAC Prep; Paid Internships; and College tours. Regular CT State Department of Education audits find that our daily attendance rate remains among the very highest among after school programs in the state. 100% of Carver seniors graduate on time (since 2005) and almost all Carver graduates become first generation college students with 85% of our college students graduating within six years.

“Carver recently received news that the nation’s largest evaluator, Charity Navigator, awarded Carver its highest 4 Star rating,” added Peterkin. “We are one of only two charities in Norwalk and 41 charities in Connecticut with this rating. This along with Guidestar’s Platinum Seal indicates that Carver’s financial health, transparency, accountability and performance measurement are ahead of industry standards. We are grateful to KeyBank Foundation for entrusting us with their financial support.”  

Jim Schaffer