Intellectual Disabilities + Youth

Best Buddies

Contact: trinitybestbuddies@gmail.com

Trinity College Best Buddies is dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing one-on-one companionship for people with intellectual disabilities.
Find out more at www.bestbuddies.org or come to our weekly meetings on Tuesday at 8:15 pm in the Community Service Office to learn about our two ways to get involved:

  • College Buddies: provide one on one friendship with a person with an intellectual disability. A college buddy attends the monthly group events in addition to calling their buddy weekly and meeting their buddy monthly.

  • Associate Buddy: An associate buddy does not have a one on one friendship with a person with an intellectual disability, but attends all group events held every month. 

Dream Camp Mentoring Program

Contacts: Matthew Proffitt (mproffitt@esfdreamcamp.org)

Dream Camp Summer Camp has been at Trinity for ten years now and its year long mentoring program now entering its ninth year.  This program is an after school initiative that offers tutoring help and academic enrichment to Dream Campers during the school year.  The program runs Monday through Thursday and serves about 50 students, aged 6-14, with over thirty Trinity mentors from Trinity participating.

Kennelley Mentoring Program

Contacts: Sarah Gardiner (Sarah.Gardiner@trincoll.edu)

This program is based on a partnership between Trinity College and Kennelley School, a Hartford public school located just a few blocks away from campus. Trinity mentors visit their young mentees for an hour every week in a one-on-one setting, establishing connections that have positive and lasting effects on both parties.   

School Supplies for Little Guys

Contacts: schoolsupplies4littleguys@gmail.com

School Supplies for Little Guys aims to help the underprivileged children of Hartford CT receive the materials they need to succeed in school. We aim to collect and donate supplies and monetary donations from Trinity College students, faculty, and staff in order to aid the community surrounding our campus (namely the M.D. Fox Elementary School). Through this project, we hope to inform students of ways they can support the Hartford community one small step at a time. 

Although last year marked the creation of this group, with the help of the Community Service Office, we were able to successfully collect and donate over 35 boxes of school supplies to the children of M.D. Fox. Through the Trinity community, we were able to make connections with the Highcrest Elementary School and members of the Trinity Staff; with the help of these allies, we received an enormous number of donations as well as future partners in our campaign to help these children. We hope to expand our membership at Trinity and provide even more aid to these needy children!

Academic Mentoring Program

Contact: Stacey Lopez (Stacey.Lopez@trincoll.edu)

Since September 2001, A.M.P., the Academic Mentoring Program, has provided after-school mentoring, tutoring and enrichment activities twice a week, after-school and one Saturday a month for middle school students from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA). A.M.P. is part of a larger mentoring community in the state, with sister programs at Sacred Heart University (Bridgeport) and Yale University (New Haven), which are all funded with the generous support of the Jones Zimmermann Foundation. All three college sites share the same program model: recruit approximately 30 low-performing 6th grade students; enroll them for 3 consecutive years of programming; and then, match two of those students with one college mentor. Throughout their 6th, 7th and 8th grade years, mentees and mentors engage in the “triangle model” (one mentor-to-two mentees) to strengthen mentees’ reading, math and writing levels. For more information please contact Program Coordinator, Stacey Lopez via e-mail at Stacey.Lopez@trincoll.edu or visit www.jzamp.org to learn more about the program!