C-U Onstage! is a talent show program where young people aged 5 to 25 take responsibility for producing the shows — from inviting their friends and family, to leading the audience in appreciating and supporting every young person who performs on stage. This program is designed as a place for young people to network with one another, create new performances together, and learn how to be punctual, dependable and part of an ensemble. This is a powerful community-building activity, 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 15 to 25 years old who are interested in becoming civic leaders in their community. Young people in this program volunteer and take responsibility for producing successful community based events. They gain skills in public speaking, community organizing, and learn how to lead meetings, express their thoughts, and have productive discussions, even amid disagreements. Join anytime!
Connect-Us Academy is for youth aged 16 to 21 who want to cultivate skills and learn to work in a professional business setting. For 14 weeks, students attend weekly afterschool workshops at companies throughout Fairfield County. The program prepares young people to enter the workforce, pursue educational opportunities, and face challenges in new ways, and helps all involved to better participate in and navigate our increasingly complex world. Corporate partners come from a broad range of fields and industries, including finance, law, marketing, energy, interior design, fashion design, and health administration. Graduates of the program are placed in paid summer internships by our business partners.