Rep. Cummings to Receive Community Service Award from Neighborhood Council

Posted on October 12, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) will be honored with the Community Service Award from the Waterbury Neighborhood Council during their 19th annual awards dinner and 24th Anniversary Celebration on October 25.

Rep. Cummings will accept the award along with fellow City Award honorees Frank Monteiro, the Harold Webster Smith Foundation, Steve Schrag, Waterbury Police Detective Peter Morgan, the Mattatuck Drum Corps and State Reps. Larry Butler and Geraldo Reyes Jr. The Neighborhood Council will also present neighborhood Awards.

“I’m honored the Neighborhood Council chose my colleagues and me for these honors and I would like to congratulate all the recipients for their continuing commitment to making our city a wonderful place to live and work,” Rep. Cummings said.

The awards ceremony and dinner will be held at La Villa Rosa on Farmwood Road on Thursday, October 25 from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by contacting the WNC or at: www.wtbync.org/awards-dinner

 

Rep. Cummings, Mariam Azeez Host Successful Anti-Bullying Forum

Posted on October 3, 2018 by admin


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In conjunction with Anti-Bullying Month, State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) and Waterbury’s Silas Bronson Library hosted a symposium on bullying and community awareness featuring local author, and 8th grade student, Mariam Azeez reading her book “Soulful Sydney Explores Diversity.”

After the reading, there was a community discussion led by local activist and member of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, Fahd Syed.

Azeez, an engaging 11-year-old eighth-grade student in Newtown, wrote “Soulful Sydney Explores Diversity” after confronting the issue in her personal life and learning techniques on how to identify and address bullying in all forms. The book explores “a place where everyone is equal, no matter how you look or what you wear,” she said.

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Boys and Girls Club Awarded Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


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The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury announced receipt of a Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant from the State of Connecticut for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Monday, September 17, 2018.

The Boys & Girls Club provides members with a healthy and safe environment that aims to empower teens to make good choices while reducing violence among youth.  Club programs provide youth the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and interests, including sports, technology and art, during a critical part of the day.  Providing exposure and opportunities to anti-bullying, anti-violence and life-skills programing opens youth to new possibilities and helps them find positive ways to spend their time while also allowing them to consider and explore positive futures – both school and career.  Keeping students occupied in the after-school hours is proven to reduce at-risk behaviors including violence, substance use and sexual activity.  The Youth Services Prevention Initiative and Youth Violence Prevention Grant will serve to ensure that members have a safe, positive environment to learn, forge supportive relationships among their peers and have opportunities, expectations and recognition.

“I’m proud to see these funds being used to directly benefit the youth of our city and to help the Boys and Girls Club continue their good work to reduce violence and increase opportunity for kids across the region,” Rep. Cummings said. “Providing structured programming and offering safe alternatives means our youth will be exposed to productive pursuits like getting help with education and job training, and fewer kids will get caught up in gang violence. This grant is good for the Boys and Girls Club and great for the children of Waterbury.”

The grant money is being earmarked for several purposes, including adding a new staff member to bolster current anti-violence programs with middle and high school kids.  It will also implement the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America Gang and Violence Prevention “Street SMART” and “SMART Girls” programs which help youth resist gang involvement and violence and use conflict management strategies to develop social-emotional learning and healthy relationship skills. Other uses for the funds include making sure staff continues to receive updated and specialized training, and adding new homework and computer tables to better serve kids of all ages.