Educational Outreach Programs and Services

 

Adult Education: Literacy and Numeracy to Employment 

• Adult Basic Education instructions in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, phonemic awareness, math, and moving up students through four reading levels. 

• Pre-GED level of instruction picks up from level 5 with particular focus on strengthening literacy and numeracy skills. 

• GED level instructions focus on English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, and integrate Computer/Information technology. Students who pass all subjects in the GED, move up to the Transition to College Program and/or enter vocational apprenticeship program in the trades, job-skills training programs, and entrance into the workforce.

 

 

Summer Academic Enrichment and Recreational Activities

In collaboration with Hartford Public Schools’ curriculum in reinforcing students’ skills in literacy and numeracy, the summer program prepares students for the new school year, reducing summer learning loss. Academic enrichment and recreational activities: arts and crafts; cultural dances and music; computer; creativity and fun; cultural emphases; manners and etiquette; field trips.

 

 

Youth Leadership: CURET Boy Scouts Troop 1443

Discipline and focused instructions, mentoring and tutoring; empowering inner-city youth to be leaders leading to achieving the Eagle Scout Badge and thereafter; incorporating parents, particularly fathers, to be more involved in the life and experiences of their sons. The year-round activities are based on scouting’s three main principles: character development, citizenship, and physical fitness.

 

 

• CURET’s Health Literacy and outreach programs increase access to providers and focus on the health and nutrition concerns of constituents in need of Health/Nutrition Education and Empowerment. In the CCC-CURET collaborative Urban Farming and Nutrition Certification Courses are offered. The curriculum addresses the challenges of obtaining affordable and accessible fresh and quality foods, and nutrition empowerment. 

 

Internship Opportunities in: Education, Research, Entrepreneurial happenings, Social Work—Case Management; Editorial and Communication Internships:  

  • Fact-check, edit, copy editing, and writing articles for publication

  • Research potential issues

  • Assist in the dissemination of research findings in The West Indian American (The WIA) as well as in other publications, press releases, and other external relations materials

  • Assist the communications team in carrying out events-related activities

  • Research media outlet contact information for targeted outreach

  • Maintain and update existing CURET and The WIA databases, including contact/partner databases

  • Participate in the effort to improve CURET’s and WIA websites and social media networking sites

  • Strong editorial skills and computer proficiency are required.

 

Education Workshop/Forum/Conference: CURET provides a variety of Education programs in the Greater Hartford area, serving over 2,500 attendees annually and various organizations. Other topics of interest are:  

  • Financial/Investment/Insurance Workshops—helping participants to understand the full gamut of finance—banking, saving and investing.

  • Health and Nutrition Education and empowerment

  • Migration-related issues--newly arrived immigrants and families face many obstacles and experience difficulty coping with life in the USA. Workshops address the needs of immigrants, helping them to become more informed and integrated into the community.

Interns assist with public awareness events by providing administrative support on migration-related issues; attending and summarizing relevant public and private events, providing support and assistance to management and in getting information out to varied audiences.

  • Entrepreneurial Empowerment: workshops for trades men and women with an emphasis on business writing and project management for their respective occupation.

 

 

Case Management via  Social Workers: 

  • Provides support for adults in CURET’s Adult Education Programs and those who are at risk for dropping out or “stopping out” due to varied challenges of socioeconomic nature, socio-cultural barriers, familial challenges and other obstacles.

  • Constant communication with students and social service agencies, making connections on behalf of adult learners, children and families, making and tracking referrals, communicating with the CT Department of Labor, potential employers, supporters, partnerships and collaborators. 

  • Provides intensive support services when immigrant clients first arrive, offering them the tools and encouraging them to strive for the highest possible level of independence. 

  • Ongoing case management and supportive services such as: acculturation services and orientations to public transportation, American laws, customs, and tax systems; information on community service providers for health screenings and referral (medical, dental, specialists, behavioral), school enrollment for children and adults.

 

 

 

Civics Education and U.S. Citizenship

•  Instruction for immigrants seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens.

• Fundamentals of English--reading, writing, spelling; American history and government; civic duties and responsibilities; contributing to their families and the community; navigating and accessing the American systems; the right to vote.

 

 

Year-Round Tutorial/Mentoring Program

Students receive individual attention, focusing on study skill strategies, problem solving, comprehension, and homework strategies in literacy and numeracy.

 

 

Partnerships/collaboration: 

• CURET has multi-faceted partnerships and recruiting strategies with the Adult Education Center of Hartford; Capital Community College (CCC); University of Hartford; CREC’s Adult Education Programs; Hartford Public Library; 1199 Training Fund and its Voices of Connecticut Adult Learners (VOCAL); medical professions, dieticians/nutritionists. We address the needs of medically underserved populations, offering workshops, seminars and health promotion activities. 

 

 

Case Management via  Social Workers: 

  • Provides support for adults in CURET’s Adult Education Programs and those who are at risk for dropping out or “stopping out” due to varied challenges of socioeconomic nature, socio-cultural barriers, familial challenges and other obstacles.

  • Constant communication with students and social service agencies, making connections on behalf of adult learners, children and families, making and tracking referrals, communicating with the CT Department of Labor, potential employers, supporters, partnerships and collaborators. 

  • Provides intensive support services when immigrant clients first arrive, offering them the tools and encouraging them to strive for the highest possible level of independence. 

  • Ongoing case management and supportive services such as: acculturation services and orientations to public transportation, American laws, customs, and tax systems; information on community service providers for health screenings and referral (medical, dental, specialists, behavioral), school enrollment for children and adults.

 

 

Employment Readiness: 

Offers pointers for strengthening interviewing skills, connecting with a network of potential employers and employment agencies, making personal contacts on behalf of jobseekers, making referrals to pools of employers.

 

Research and Evaluation include: CURET engages in overall research efforts, collecting both quantitative and qualitative data relevant to the Caribbean immigrant population. For example, the demographic, social, and economic profiles of the burgeoning Caribbean immigrants in the state of Connecticut, the United States; their geographic settlement, education, and workforce characteristics, earnings, particular needs, contributions, health, well-being, school readiness, and academic achievement of children and more. CURET works closely with other entities in developing, conducting, analyzing and evaluating data gathered. Such data serve as planning tools for varied audiences, including policymakers, social service providers, other researchers and practitioners, educators; the writing of papers and literature summaries for publications and dissemination at various levels—local, state, national, institutions, organizations, plus interdisciplinary inquirers.