About The Carver Foundation
Founded in 1938, Carver is the largest private provider of after school and summer programs in Norwalk, CT. Carver’s Youth Development Program (YDP) is conducted after school for more than 800 students in the Carver Community Center, in Norwalk’s four middle and two comprehensive high schools, and in Side by Side Charter School. YDP 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. Carver conducts a K-5 after school program at the Carver Community Center called CASPER that offers intensive project-based hands-on learning in science, literacy and math.
Carver summer programming includes Summer Enrichment (5-13-year-old students at two sites); Freshman Summer Success Academies (graduated 8th-grade students transitioning into 9th grade at Norwalk and Brien McMahon High Schools); and a Summer Middle School Transition Program.
Carver offers to the Norwalk community parent leadership and education programs, food drives, community holiday events and more. Carver is the only Norwalk-based charity to receive the highest awards for financial stewardship and transparency from the nation’s two premiere rating agencies, Charity Navigator and Guidestar.
The Carver model & results
Carver offers students college scholarships, winning basketball travel teams, international learning opportunities, health and wellness programming, and spring and fall college tours. Since 2005, 100% of Carver seniors graduated high school on time and nearly all become first generation college students. 85% of Carver college students graduate within six years. Carver programming is organized around these principles: high expectations with the goal of graduating high school on-time and college-ready; academic rigor focused on project-based learning and individualized learning; building healthy relationships; student voice and taking responsibility; building community through defined structures of cooperative decision-making; and a youth development approach to instruction that recognizes individual strengths, needs, and learning styles.
Carver enjoys a strong public/private partnership with Norwalk Public Schools. Many other partnering agencies include CT Pre-Engineering Program, Maritime Aquarium, Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk Seaport Association, Westport Playhouse, Northeast Children’s Theatre Company and many others that provide in-depth, hands-on exposure to many academic and enrichment disciplines and opportunities. Carver’s Executive Director is a member of the Norwalk ACTS leadership team whose other Norwalk member agencies are working with STRIVE Cincinnati to implement the “Collective Impact” framework in Norwalk.