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Programs

Our programs are designed to address a wide range of needs, from basic needs to educational support, and beyond. Through partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and volunteers, we offer a comprehensive network of support that fosters growth, resilience, and empowerment.

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After School

Connect After School.

Our after school program is FREE and open on a first come, first serve basis for all students who reside in the Capital Region. Students must be in grades 6-12, and must be registered to attend. All programs are 12-weeks from 3p.m. - 5p.m. Tuesday - Thursdays.

Connect Pantry.

The Connect Center's food pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10a.m. - 2p.m. No appointment is needed. The pantry provides 3 days worth of non-perishable food items; occasionally, frozen meat is offered if available. The pantry is accessible once every 30 days. Please bring proof of residency (ID, recent utility bill, etc.).

Backpack Program.

The BackPack Program hosted regionally through the Regional Foodbank and run locally by the Connect Center is designed to provide local , food-insecure students with healthy weekend meals. The BackPack program provides bags filled with food: nonperishable dry and canned goods, snacks, fresh produce, and fresh bread. Bags are packed each week by Connect Center staff and volunteers, then delivered to families. 

Summer of S.T.E.A.M.

Our after school program is FREE and open on a first come, first serve basis for all students who reside in the Capital Region. Students must be in grades 6-12, and must be registered to attend. All programs are open to youth in grades 6 - 12, beginning on July 1 and ending on August 23

Connect Cares.

The Connect Cares arm of the Connect Center provides a welcoming space and discover a world of resources designed to meet the diverse needs of our community members.

 

Our free library offers a sanctuary for book lovers of all ages, providing access to knowledge, inspiration, and endless adventures between the pages. For students gearing up for success, our school supplies section ensures that every child has the tools they need to excel in their studies. From pencils to notebooks, backpacks to calculators, we've got you covered.

We understand that access to menstrual hygiene products is essential for maintaining dignity and well-being. That's why our period pantry is stocked with a variety of menstrual products, available to anyone who needs them, free of charge.

 

For moms and families, our supply area in partnership with Mom Starts Here, offers essentials to lighten the load and ease the journey of parenthood. From diapers to baby wipes, formula to clothing, we strive to provide support in every way we can.

And because clean clothes should never be a luxury, our laundromat is here to ensure that everyone has access to fresh, clean laundry facilities at no cost.

Looking to give back?

Volunteer with us!

 

At the Connect Center for Youth, we have many opportunities to get involved in making an impact in the community and the lives of our youth.

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