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ConnectiKids, Inc. CIT Summer Program 2020: Preparing for Tomorrow’s World

ConnectiKids Office: 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Career Exploration
  • Cooking
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Educational Activities
  • Environmental Learning
  • Field Trips
  • Gardening
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Science Activities
  • Social Programming
  • Social Science Activities
  • Swim Lessons

Ages Served:

15–18 years old

Areas Served:

Avon, East Hartford, Hartford, West Hartford, Windsor

Program Length:

5–6 weeks

Start Date:

June 29, 2020 (first session)

End Date:

August 7, 2020 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am–3:00 pm


Free - CIT participants are expected to attend for the full six weeks of programming.  Summer program is very short and intense.  Our program is scheduled in such a way that each age group of summer campers receives a week of a particular class offering.  Thus it is critical that CIT participants be present for not only the initial week of work development training, but all 5 weeks of summer camp to gain exposure to all areas of our summer program and thus a full work experience.  This also maintains consistency for the summer campers and drives home the importance of being reliable on the job and having a strong work ethic.

Location Information:
ConnectiKids Office, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
Riverfront Recapture, Inc., 50 Columbus Boulevard, 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06106
Downtown YMCA, 90 State House Square, Hartford, CT 06103
West Middle School, 44 Niles Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Michael D. Fox Elementary School, 470 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114

Riverfront Recapture is facilitated by ropes course certified instructors, Cooking and nutrition class is run by an instructor with multiple certifications, such as Serv-Safe and kitchen safety. All staff members are DCF trained; most have CPR/First Aid training, all lifeguards have an Aquatic Equivalent Certifications. Our Executive Director has a Masters in Educational Leadership, and our Development Director of Development has a Master of Public Health.

To Register:

Kiera Steele
814 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
[email protected]
(860) 522-8710
(860) 977-8879
Lilibeth Mendoza
814 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
[email protected]
(860) 522-8710
(860) 977-8602
Andrea Williams
814 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
[email protected]
(860) 522-8710
(860) 977-1678

More about our camp:

This program will work with six teenagers who will participate in leadership training and learn professional standards of work behavior.  They will assist staff and instructors in the running of academic and enrichment classes for 2nd through 8th grade, and assist in other supportive roles for the summer program.   Teen employees will act as regular staff of the ConnectiKids Summer Program.  They will supervise student behavior, assist staff and teachers in classes, help with administrative duties and oversee campers during the Summer Meals program.

To prepare for duties as staff, teens will be trained in positive discipline, behavior management, and youth development.  During the summer, the teens will continue to grow in their level of skills in relating with the children and their level of responsibility.  Teens will be treated as full staff with corresponding expectations.  They will be expected to be role models for the campers in the program and grow in ability and experience as a result.  Working with both student campers and adult staff, these junior staff members will develop leadership, communication and conflict negotiation skills.  

CIT participants will be engaged as staff in a full-day summer program that begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. The program is broken into two parts. During the morning portion, CIT participants will assist staff in facilitating the ConnectiKids Book club for campers. The ConnectiKids Book Club aims to engage and deepen our readers’ appreciation and understanding of selected books around specific topics. The books selected for this year’s summer book club are The BFG, written by Roald Dahl for our young readers, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, for the middle-age readers, and The Giver by Lois Lowry for students ages 12 years and older. 

After the book club, CIT participants will assist in overseeing the lunch process, which occurs in partnership with the Summer Meals program.  Following lunch, CIT staff will then assist staff in engaging students in our summer program’s core class, where the overarching theme is “Preparing today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World.”  CIT youth will help young campers participate in activities that focus on making good decisions that impact them personally, as well as the people and the world around them. The core class is broken into four topics each week: Day one: Carbon and Water Footprint, Day two: Recognizing Biodegradable and Non-biodegradable Materials, Day three: Plants/Gardening, Planting your scraps, and Trees, Day four: Making good decisions and inspiring others to do the same, and Day five (each Friday) is reserved for family fun and field trips to the Lutz Children Museum Nature Center, Auer Farm 4-H Educational Center, George Hall Farm, and the Connecticut Science Center.  CIT staff will also assist in other summer activities including swim lessons, Riverfront Recapture adventure courses, and cooking classes.