Project Pride: Look Who’s Back!

New Haven Public Schools and the Physical Education department are excited to announce that Project Pride will be making its return following a three-year shutdown. Project Pride is a cooperative learning, adventure-based program offered to selected 7th  and 8th grade students through the New Haven Physical Education Department. Project Pride programming will be in recommended schools working with students in physical education class and be participating in offsite field experiences on scheduled Fridays.

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Project Pride is Social Emotional Learning

Project Prides is a program which provides the students with the opportunity to challenge themselves, socially and emotionally. Students are placed in a positive supporting atmosphere and are guided to discover they are more capable than they perceive themselves to be, discovering the excellence within. The Project Pride program will be implementing lessons and activities directly addressing the Social Emotional Learning Standards identified by New Haven Public Schools.

What are we?

Adventure education is most successful when placing students in unfamiliar environments and situations. With guidance from instructor’s and peers, students challenge themselves to exit their comfort zones and achieve beyond what they believed capable. Field experiences provide students the opportunity to learn the importance of teamwork, communication, and relationship skills needed to support social emotional growth. Our hope is all students will improve relationship skills through the program, leading to lifelong friendships.

Where is Project Pride?

Project Pride home base is located at Camp Cedarcrest in Orange, CT. Cedarcrest offers Project Pride students 43 wooded acres including, orienteering, high and low ropes course, hiking trails and overnight camping opportunities. Project Pride will begin field experiences beginning in the middle of October. Field experiences include Hiking at Sleeping Giant which includes a challenging climb up the “Devil's Stairway”, Orienteering at the “Crest”, Cooperative games and team building at the Floyd Little Field House, Rock Climbing at Prime Climb Gym in Wallingford, CT. The culminating trip to Camp Cedarcrest includes a low and high ropes challenge course, and other team building activities.

What is new to Project Pride?

Project Pride is excited to announce the start of the Leadership Program at Riverside Academy. Students at Riverside will participate in a Leadership Driven program working on relationships, social awareness and responsible decision making. Riverside students will participate in field experiences and attend 7th and 8th grade trips as leaders and mentors. Student leaders will be trained to guide and support middle school participants.

Wait, there is more!

We are also excited to announce the return of the Project Pride 6th grade program. This program is designed to reach as many students as possible in New Haven Public schools, and provide schools with the opportunity to participate in a “mini” version of the Project Pride program. The 6th grade program will be offered to non-Project Pride schools. Students will engage in three field experiences throughout the year, including Orienteering at the “Crest”, Team Building and Cooperative Games at the Field House, and low and high ropes course at the “Crest”. Project Pride team members will be reaching out to selected schools. The Project Pride team is beyond thrilled to have Project Pride back in New Haven public schools! We are eager to provide students the highest level of outdoor adventure education. We give our all to produce a high-quality program in order to create lifelong social skills and memories for New Haven students. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Project Pride Team:

Sean Portley,

Joe Raffone,

Joe Ferreira