Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Inspiring future leaders and problem-solvers through interactive programs, both inside and outside the classroom. Our single-session and multi-session workshops provide a platform for empowering youth to meet life’s challenges with confidence and competence. After-school programs for 3rd through 12th grade. Leadership training, peer mentoring, dramatic performances, and community service, are just a few of the ways our youth get involved and make a difference in the lives of others.

See below to register for our programs.

© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler
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Quotes from 2018-2019 Leadership students

“I learned not to be as shy with people I don’t know”

“I learned how to be flexible in stressful situations”

“Changing my attitude can be all it takes to turn around a situation”

“I now know how to lead a group and I am more confident”

“I learned a lot about myself and the roles and responsibilities of a leader”

KidPower

The KidPOWER program is a unique opportunity for third and fourth graders to learn valuable life skills in an open environment.

Led by a CARES faculty mentor and high school leaders, students are presented with a multitude of interactive games and activities which facilitate communication, problem-solving, self-confidence and resilience.

These after-school workshops foster friendship and teamwork, while providing a safe and fun environment for kids to be themselves.

Skills Addressed

  • Self-Confidence
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Team Building

2020 Spring Kid Power Program

Program will consist of 5 sessions on Thursdays, 4:15-5:30 PM.
Registration is now open – program is limited to 15 students.

Kid Power – 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 & 4/9 
4:15-5:30 PM

Register Here

 

Middle School Leadership Program

 

The Middle School Leadership Program provides 7th and 8th grade students with the opportunity to work with an adult mentor and their peers on developing their leadership skills. This 6 week program is designed to help students enhance their social skills which are so important at this developmental stage.

This program is able to teach valuable skills such as team building, communication, problem solving, and public speaking through a variety of interactive games and activities. Offered two semesters each year after school at Saxe Middle School, spots are limited so sign up today!

Skills Addressed

  • Team Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Resilience
  • Public Speaking

2020 Spring Middle School Leadership Program

Program will consist of 6 sessions on Thursdays, 2:10 – 3PM.
Registration is now open – program is limited to 10 students.

Spring Dates: 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 & 4/2

Register Here

Leadership Program

This selective semester-long program trains current high school students in the community to become successful driven leaders. This program leaves kids with a multitude of leadership skills designed to serve them in future endeavors even beyond their high school environments. By allowing students to step outside the classroom and get involved in a variety of community organizations, and truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Facilitated by the CARES Executive Director, Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW students are able to grow individually and alongside their peers in a supportive and fun environment. This knowledge filled program leaves students capable and confident to take on the next avenue in their life. Admittance into Leadership Program is by nomination: parent, peer, self, faculty, and/or community leader. Nominations may be sent to CARESinfo@newcanaanCARES.org.

Click Here to View a Slideshow of our Spring Leadership Graduates.

See our High School leaders in action in this PSA of Disposing Prescription Medicines.  

Skills Addressed

  • Public Speaking
  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Poise & Presence

   

2020 Spring Program

Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm

Now accepting nominations for Spring 2020. Nominations may be sent to CARESinfo@newcanaanCARES.org

CARES offers private workshops for youth groups (i.e. NCL, Girl Scouts, SLOBs, etc.) on a variety of topics. Programs are offered as 1-3 session sets, with knowledge, skill, and practical application components. Topics include peer pressure, Exclusion, Transitions, and much more. Call or email CARES to schedule a workshop for your youth group.

 

Please contact CARES to schedule a workshop for your group.