- Domus’ Angel Family Program was showcased by the Advocate. Read more about this program and how people help to make the holiday season come alive for our families here.
- Our Mighty Mights program, the Girls Leadership Program, and the officers who respectively run and supervise them were recognized by Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly. The Advocate article and pictures can be seen here.
- “It was probably the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” says a graduating student about Stamford Academy. Click here to read more about this student’s encouraging story and his hopes and plans for the future from the Advocate.
- Four female middle school students recently received certificates after graduating from a police mentoring program. See pics and the coverage from the Advocate here.
- Young women from the Girls Leadership Program, a mentoring group with female city police officers, cleaned up graffiti on Stamford’s West Side. This program is in collaboration with Domus, our Chester Addison Community Center and Stamford Police Department. Click here to read more about it from the Advocate.
- Domus held its 4th annual NINER (think crossfit) at the beautiful grounds of Point72 Asset Management on September 27. Check out some pictures and see the Advocate‘s coverage here.
- Our Chester Addison Community Center’s Reptile Club, created by a former participant who’s now a zoology major, held a big youth-led expo; these pictures appeared in the Advocate.
- Domus hosted US Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, and Cory Booker for a roundtable discussion on juvenile justice issues. Several Domus youth talked about their experiences in the system, and the senators discussed possible solutions being debated in Congress. News Channel 12 covered the event.
- Our three schools’ graduations were covered by the New Haven Independent and the Stamford Advocate (Trailblazers here and Stamford Academy here).
- Our Stamford Academy students held another Random Acts of Kindness Day, spending the day in the community interacting with strangers and spreading unexpected happiness. See the Advocate‘s coverage here.
- A Darien Eagle Scout, joined by his family and friends, did a transformative improvement project at our East Side location; his hard work was covered by the Darien Dispatch.
- Our Chester Addison Community Center dancers performed at Stamford Government Center for the city’s annual Kwanzaa celebration–Stamford Advocate photo slideshow here.
- The Stamford Advocate‘s editorial page editor, John Breunig, talked with families served by Domus’ holiday mall, where parents and caregivers pick out gifts for their children. Check out his column here.
- The new music program at our Chester Addison Community Center, Project Music, held their first community performance. Check out this ItsRelevant.com short news story.
- We’re happy to announce that Domus is part of the Vita Health & Wellness District on Stamford’s West Side, which aims to address health and wellness, chronic disease, behavioral and mental health, and access to services for vulnerable West Side residents. We’re doing this with partners the City of Stamford, Stamford Hospital, AmeriCares, and a host of sister nonprofits. Read a short overview here.
- The Stamford Advocate‘s editorial page editor, John Breunig, met with Mike Duggan to discuss our work and philosophy about the young people we support and why. Check out his column here.
- Domus Academy, our New Haven middle school, was featured in an NBC CT piece on how New Haven schools are dealing with the trauma often experienced by city youth.
- Domus has received a record gift of preferred stock with an estimated annual cash coupon of $125,000; its anticipated value when sold in a few years will be $4 million. This truly transformational gift builds upon a relationship with Steven and Alexandra Cohen, and we’re honored and excited to receive it. Read the press release here.
- Domus Chief Education Officer Craig Baker was honored by alma mater Sacred Heart University, who awarded him the Isabelle Farrington College of Education’s Alumni Leadership Award for 2013 for excellence in his field. Craig received his undergraduate and graduate degree from SHU. More about the award and a short bio on Craig can be found here.
- Based on the success of the middle school after-school program Domus operates for the Stamford Public Schools at TOR Middle Schools, we were asked to operate a second after-school program at KT Murphy Elementary School. That grant was approved, and we will start operations in fall 2013. A Stamford Advocate article about the grant award is here.
- This WSHU Public Radio story about poverty and high school graduation rates features our family advocate model and Stamford Academy Class of 2013 graduate Monae, who graduated high school in seven years instead of four but persisted despite the many roadblocks in her way. The story is part of their State of Disparity project.
- Produce from Kellie’s Community Garden at Domus, tended by the youth in the Trafigura Work & Learn youth employment program, was featured in this summer’s Stamford Restaurant Weeks: Watch a video clip about the local food we provided.
- Thanks to a March 2013 $100,000 donation from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, a five-week free summer camp serving the city’s poorest children was saved. Over 150 elementary and middle school kids who might not have had an enriching and safe summer experience got to attend a free full-day camp this summer, run by Domus at their East Side location in Stamford. The camp culminated with a trip on the schooner SoundWaters, donated by SAC Capital Advisors. See a video clip here or read about it here.
- On June 17, 2013, Domus became Connecticut’s first Certified Sanctuary Organization, which is the culmination of a three-year, whole-organization process. Sanctuary is an evidence-supported whole-culture approach to creating an organizational culture where healing from psychological and social traumatic experience is supported. Because many Domus youth have experienced significant and ongoing traumatic situations in their short lives, when adults and systems let them down or purposefully hurt them, we wanted to create in every program a place where children feel safe and where their biological, cognitive, and social wounds can be healed. We also want staff, who often internalize and take on the pain of the children in their care, to take care of themselves so they’re better able to support our kids.
- Domus Chief Education Officer Craig Baker received a 40 Under 40 Award from the Fairfield County Business Journal. The awards honor the best, brightest, and most creative young professionals in Fairfield County. Winners are chosen for their dedication to personal and professional development and leadership qualities.
- New Haven nonprofit Ice The Beef founder Darrell Allick speaks to Domus Academy students about why they must stay off the streets; read the New Haven Register article here. In fall 2013, Ice The Beef will begin mentoring Domus Academy youth who need extra adult support in their lives.
- Domus’ Stamford Academy rugby team won the state’s Division II championship. The Advocate coverage of this great achievement is here.
- Domus youth from Stamford Academy Charter High School were honored at a ceremony at the Old State Capitol for their work creating a documentary as part of the Civic Life Project. Their documentary, Idle Time, highlights the lack of positive, safe activities available after school in Stamford. The filmmakers were also honored at the Salisbury Forum in upstate Connecticut and at the Mayor’s Office in Stamford.
- Domus Associate Executive Director Julie DeGennaro has been selected as one of ten 2013 Education and Empowerment Honorees for the 20th Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She will be honored at an awards dinner in November 2013.
- Domus received a $100,000 gift from the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation to ensure the Domus summer camp on the East Side would be able to operate this summer. The camp offers morning academics and afternoon enrichment activities where over 150 kids can learn new skills while enabling their parents to work full-time jobs without the worry of their children being unsupervised. More…
- Please read an op-ed piece submitted by our charter school and board of directors chairpersons in response to an Advocate contributor’s inaccurate portrayal of our schools and students.
- Domus is happy to announce it has been chosen by a prestigious national foundation for inclusion in a new venture created to support promising nonprofits. The award includes grant funds as well as support from top nonprofit consultants. PropelNext is a new venture of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation which seeks to advance the programmatic impact of promising, primarily local youth-serving organizations across the country. Domus is one of 15 organizations in ten states which were selected out of 102 nonprofits invited to apply, to participate in PropelNext’s first cohort. Read more…
- Twenty-two FUTURE 5 teens completed the Job-Ready Certification Program. With a dedicated coach supporting each teen throughout each step of the course, the program emphasizes the soft skills employers are looking for: attitude, work ethic, professionalism, and communication skills. Read the Stamford Patch article here.
- Executive Director Mike Duggan was awarded a Lewis Hine Award for service to children, one of five professionals to be recognized in 2012. Duggan, who resides in Guilford, CT, was nominated by Governor Dan Malloy. Read the press release here.
- Tow and Trafigura Foundations make $700,000 workforce investment; details here.
- Our literacy efforts (and therapy dogs) are featured in this Stamford Advocate article.
- New Haven Register article says “Nonprofit agency changes how troubled New Haven students are educated.”
- In-depth Yale Daily News article on Domus Academy: The Children Left Behind