Intellectual Disabilities + Youth

Best Buddies


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. College buddies provide one on one friendship with a person with an intellectual disability. They attend monthly group events, call their buddy weekly and meeting their buddy monthly. An associate buddy attends all group events held every month. Find out more at

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ConnectiKids mission is to inspire Hartford’s children to make positive choices, embrace high expectations and fulfill their potential by providing successful mentors, individualized tutoring, enriching activities and stimulating environments. Grade school students are bussed to Trinity every week for tutoring sessions with Trinity mentors. More information about the program is available at

Dream Camp Mentoring Program

Contacts: Matthew Proffitt

Dream Camp Mentoring Program organizes 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.

Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (J-Z AMP) 

Contact: Erinn Arbelaez 
J-Z AMP provides after-school mentoring, tutoring and enrichment activities twice a week, and one Saturday a month for middle school students from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA). 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, Erinn Arbelaez via e-mail at or visit to learn more about the program!​

Kennelly Mentoring Program


This program is based on a partnership between Trinity College and the E.B. Kennelly 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.   

Open Airways For Schools

Open Airways For Schools  is a school-based curriculum that educates and empowers children ages 8-11 through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management. The program teaches children with asthma how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health. Members of the program are trained and given materials to teach 40 minute group lessons for elementary school children with asthma at the Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School.