Norwalk nonprofit granted $38,000 for after-school program

NORWALK — More than 80 students will get an upgrade to their after-school program this year.

The Community Fund of Darien gave $38,000 to Norwalk’s Family and Children’s Agency for it’s ASPIRE program.

ASPIRE provides mentorship and counseling to local middle and high school students at Norwalk Community College. This year, all of the ASPIRE seniors graduated from high school.

“There are so many success stories from the youth in our ASPIRE program but there is more work to be done,” said Robert Cashel, FCA president & CEO, in a statement. “With this grant, we can continue to guide students to reach their maximum potential and successfully transition to the next stage of their education.”

ASPIRE also holds a summer program four days a week for six weeks, which teaches high school students about personal finances and medical services while middle school students learn about the United States’ different regions.

FCA supports both adults and students in improving familial relationships through counseling, working with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, offering information on adoption options and partnering with the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies to offer parent education courses.

It also offers scholarships, including two $10,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the ASPIRE program each year.

The Community Fund of Darien provides one-time grants for special projects, larger funding allocations over $10,000 each year, up to $500 for people in Darien’s Department of Social Services, and funds longer-term “Community Impact Initiatives.”

For more information about FCA, call 203-855-8765. For those interested in learning about The Community Fund of Darien, call 203-655-8775.

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