Waterburyâ€™s current Bridge to Success plan and partnership was developed out of the chaos that existed with over 50 child and youth serving organizations in the city of Waterbury supporting its children and youth, each with their own different strategic plan addressing child and youth issues. Links were not being made and Waterburyâ€™s children werenâ€™t ready for kindergarten, were reading poorly, and some didnâ€™t even graduate from high school. In 2010, key representatives from these organizations and funders formed a partnership and committed to a common agenda in order to improve coordination among all of the different strategic plans and create Bridge to Success, the stateâ€™s first cradle to career youth plan, to assure that Waterburyâ€™s youth succeed in school, work and life.
More than 80 Bridge to Success partners now work in harmony developing new systems, pooling and sharing resources, and working collaboratively on grants. Partners agreed upon common goals and work together to promote early literacy, promote and support positive mental health in children and youth, promote healthy nutrition and physical activity, and promote, support, and nurture parent/caregiver skills as their childâ€™s first, or main, teacher. These partners build and maintain the necessary bridges to assure that Waterburyâ€™s youth are ready for kindergarten, are reading well by grade three, and graduation from high school. Over time, positive changes in these community indicators will show that Waterburyâ€™s youth are succeeding in school, work and life.
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If you would like to add your program to this Community Impact Circle but are unable to find it by searching, you may have to add your program to our system. Our system requires that each program must be associated with an 'organization' in our system so you can start by finding your organization by searching here or adding your organization. If you are adding your organization, you will have to wait until a Community Administrator has approved your new organization. Once that has happened, continue as below.
Once you have found your organization's profile (new or existing), you can add a program by clicking 'Add A Program'. If you do not see this button in the top right corner of the organization profile, you may need to make sure you are logged in.
Fill out the required fields, click 'Submit' at the bottom of the screen and you are done! You may need to wait for Administrative approval of your new program.
Once your new program has been approved, you can return to this screen and follow the normal procedure for adding a program to the circle by going to 'Manage' and clicking 'Add Program to this Circle'.