Youth Development Program

New state education laws that contribute to the success of our youth

As the largest provider of after school and summer programs for students in Norwalk, Carver cares about what laws our lawmakers are passing for the benefit of our youth and families. Here are several new laws recently passed by Connecticut’s General Assembly 2019 Regular Session that contribute to the success of our students.

Justin Forde named the 2018-19 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year

We have written before about Justin Forde, now a graduated senior at Brien McMahon High School and a former participant of Carver’s after school Youth Development Program. Here is a post about his receiving a full athletic scholarship from the University of Miami. Today, The Hour writes about Forde being named the 2018-19 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Carver's 49th Annual Testimonial Dinner

Young people and their proud parents came together at the Carver Community Center for our 49th Annual Testimonial Dinner on Friday, June 7, 2019. Each year, the Carver Foundation of Norwalk awards Carver students, including current college students, with scholarships and recognition.

The Art in STEAM Education after school at Brien McMahon High School

Carver after school students at Brien McMahon High School learn how to tie-dye t-shirts. The STEM to STEAM movement has been taking root across the country over the past several years and is surging forward as a positive mode of action to truly meet the needs of a 21st century economy.  STEM alone misses several key components that many employers, educators, and parents have voiced as critical for our children to thrive in the present and rapidly approaching future.

West Rocks Middle School celebrates its students

Trevor Kline, Carver’s after school Program Coordinator at West Rocks Middle School, presented year-end awards to his students on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. See the photos here in our Facebook album. Following the awards ceremony, the students shared their individual skills with the audience in a talent show. The parents, teachers, volunteers and students present were delighted.

The Carver Spring Tour's final school: Miles College

By Luis A. Guaillas, 11th grader at Brien McMahon - I have the distinct pleasure of sharing my experience of touring Miles College located in Fairfield, Alabama. This was the last college we visited on the Carver Spring Tour. There was no mistaking the colors representing Miles College – purple and gold were prominently displayed everywhere. From our formal presentation we learned that the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church founded Miles College in 1898. It’s well known as a historically black liberal arts college and a Christian school. There are approximately 1,500 students enrolled.

Carver students visit the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta

By Anthony W. Mayhew Jr., 11th Grader at Brien McMahon High School – Savannah College of Art and Design, affectionately known as SCAD, has its main campus in Savannah, Georgia and multiple locations for students in Atlanta, Hong Kong and even the South of France. SCAD was founded in 1978 and its doors officially opened in 1979, making it a relatively young school. Today, we visited the Atlanta, Georgia campus in the heart of the city. As we stroll to meet our tour guide we passed by students with purple hair, expressive outfits and confident self-expressions. As we entered the building where our tour guide was awaiting us, we knew very quickly that we were in an environment filled with creative minds.

The Carver Spring College Tour visits Morehouse College

By Cardan Grant and Tyrese Brown, 11th Graders at Brien McMahon High School — Morehouse College is a private, all-male, liberal arts, historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, we learned how to become a “Morehouse man,” thanks to the Carver Foundation of Norwalk. We are two of the twenty-seven students selected to participate in the Carver Foundation of Norwalk 49th annual spring college tour.

Carver students visit the University of Alabama at Birmingham during the Spring College Tour!

By Makayla Gary, 11th grader at Brien McMahon High School -- Today, we visited the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). It is their 50th anniversary. UAB is a public research university and the state’s largest employer. UAB is located in the Southside of downtown Birmingham encompassing more than 100 city blocks. Birmingham is the most populated city in Alabama and has a rich history with the civil rights movement. We could not visit Birmingham without thinking of the civil rights movement. The Birmingham Campaign was started in the spring of 1963 and is considered one of the most effective initiatives of the civil rights movement. Lunch counter sit-ins, marches and boycotts of merchants were non-violent methods used to protest segregation and inequality. Thinking of the suffering and violence endured by the black citizens of Birmingham still give me the chills. The unrest brought president Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to Birmingham. I encourage everyone to read Martin Luther King Jr. letter from the Birmingham jail - you will be inspired!