This program is designed as a place for young people ages 5 to 25 to network with each other, create new performances together, and learn how to be punctual, dependable and part of an ensemble. They take total responsibility for producing the show, from inviting their friends and family, to leading the audience in appreciating and supporting every young person who gets on stage. This activity builds community and the young people experience success – often for the first time in their lives.

Youth Leadership Team

The Connect-Us Youth Leadership Team is designed for young people ages 15 to 25 who are interested in becoming civic leaders in their community. Young people who participate in this program learn public speaking, community organizing, how to lead a meeting, how to express themselves, and how to have a productive discussion when not everyone agrees with their opinion. Additionally, they learn what it means to be a volunteer and take responsibility for producing successful community-based events. Join anytime!

Connect-Us Academy

Connect-Us Academy is for young people ages 16 to 21 who want to cultivate skills and learn to work in a professional business setting. For 14 weeks, students attend weekly workshops after school at companies throughout Fairfield County. The program prepares youth to enter the workforce, pursue educational opportunities, and face challenges in new ways. Corporate partners include those in the fields of finance, law, advertising, retail, health, and education administration. Graduates of the program are placed in paid summer internships by our business partners.