Children enroll in the Pathways/Senderos Center at the end
of fifth grade and stay with the program until graduation from
high school. The Center is open Monday through Friday after
school and daily during the summer. Parents are actively
involved in Center activities.
Our current program components are:
Collaborative arrangements with Central Connecticut State
University (CCSU), New Britain High School, E.C. Goodwin
Technical High School, and local middle schools are the key
to the strength of our academic support component.
CCSU provides our youth with regular exposure to
higher education. Ongoing communication between our staff
and school faculty at the high schools and middle schools allows
us to monitor and respond to each child’s personal academic
progress and grades. Students are rewarded for academic
improvement and excellence.
Pathways/Senderos places significant emphasis on education.
There is strong evidence connecting academic failure to teen
pregnancy. At the same time, we know that academic success is
a key to teen pregnancy prevention; those students who stay in
school and do well are least likely to become teen parents
(or to engage in other risky behavior).
A Career Awareness, Job Readiness and Placement Program
starts with the junior level Job Club, which all youth attend twice
a week. They receive a small stipend and must open a savings
account with Farmington Bank. Progressive activities include
classroom lessons, an entrepreneurial project and community
service placements. As students mature, they move into senior
level Job Club: paid job training with Pathways' Clean-Up Crew.
Pathways' Clean-Up Crew is a lawn/home care business
established to provide job training and work experience for
the program’s youth and their families, and to diversify
the Center’s funding base. Our High School Coordinator
supervises students while they provide a number of services,
including raking, removing debris, painting, and more.
Family Life and Sex Education
Individual sessions are provided weekly at the Center with our
Family Life and Sex Education Coordinator. Materials are
developmentally appropriate and comprehensive. We also
have a partnership with Planned Parenthood at the Hospital
of Central Connecticut at New Britain General.
Non-violence is key in building a pathway to a successful
future. Students explore a range of issues related to violence
and victimization, as well as developing prevention strategies
that promote peace at school, at home, at the center, and
in the community.
Health Care Referrals, Family
A Family Liaison/Outreach worker links families to
the Center. Information, assistance and referrals are provided
as needed. Food, clothing and other household items are
also distributed. Daily attendance is taken and all absences are
reported to parents. Semi-annual family parties solidify the
connection with the parents and the Center.
Neighborhood resources provide regular recreational
opportunities for our youth including basketball and swimming
at A.W. Stanley Park, and jogging at Walnut Hill Park.
Youth frequently attend field trips to sporting, educational,
cultural and recreational events.
People with high self-esteem have positive yet realistic views
of themselves, their abilities, and their situations in life.
We cultivate an atmosphere of positivity at the Center,
and we engage students in projects designed to improve
their self-esteem, such as arts and crafts projects, writing
groups, and discussion groups.