Domus operates community programs that help young people and their families reach their full potential outside of our charter school and residential settings. By providing kids with opportunities to develop new skills and social networks or re-engage with their community or school, we prevent more expensive and intrusive interventions that disrupt families. These programs include:
The Chester Addison Community Center is a vibrant, comprehensive community center serving the social, emotional, and educational needs of Stamford’s Waterside residents. The center is situated in Southwood Square, the neighborhood’s mixed income housing development. Its 315 households are home to over 200 children.
The Lion’s Den is an after-school program operating during the school year and the summer providing academic, recreational, and social activities to the middle school students at Trailblazers Academy. We provide a safe and structured environment where students can learn and challenge themselves socially, emotionally, and academically.
The Trafigura Work & Learn Business Center provides paid training and employment to the most needy youth aged 16 to 25 in Domus programs, teaching soft employment skills about workplace conduct, employment search techniques, and keys to employment retention as well as specific skills in bicycle repair, woodworking, small engine repair, food preparation, and hair and nails.
The Stamford Juvenile Review Board (JRB) helps first-time youth offenders accused of a non-violent misdemeanor offense keep their records clean by diverting them from the justice system, providing them with supportive case management services, and connecting them to positive community activities. The JRB is based on the balanced and restorative justice philosophy, which focuses on accountability and appropriate consequences, repairing harm, and restoring the relationship between the victim and the offender. The JRB is staffed by a Domus employee based at the Stamford Police Department.