New Haven Academy Lanuches "Future Project"

Quietly, National School Experiment Starts In City
 
by Neena Satija | Dec 15, 2011
 
A daycare in every New Haven public school for young mothers. A documentary about the devastating effects of bullying. Teen-to-teen therapy sessions. A plan to end youth violence.
 
    
Those are just three of 60 projects that New Haven Academy students started working on this fall. Each student has a coach—a volunteer college student or recent grad, or young professional from the community—who serves as a mentor and a resource.
 
    
It’s all part of “The Future Project,” a program started by Yale grads Andrew Mangino and Kanya Balakrishna that was inaugurated in three cities this year. New York City and Washington, D.C. are the other two. This is the program’s first year. The idea is to expand it next year within New Haven beyond New Haven Academy.
 
   
The program offers a lower-cost, one-on-one route alternative to Teach for America for young adults to work with urban schoolkids: by intensively mentoring them for a year to launch a community project that draws on their passions. In most cases, each volunteers spend 90 minutes a week working with the same student for the academic year.
 
 
New Haven’s experiment reached its first threshold this week, as students presented their project ideas to panels of community leaders at sessions held in the Grove communal workspace on Orange Street.
 
 
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