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Thursday, March 22 News

FCA receives $10,000 grant

Family & Children's Agency is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls to support Girls' Challenge, a component of the After School Program.

Girls' Challenge is designed to develop and strengthen positive peer relations, internal resources and leadership skills in the female students in the After School Program. The topics covered include self-esteem, body image, peer pressure, self-care and stress management. In addition, girls have an opportunity to hone their leadership skills through community service projects.

"Family & Children's Agency is grateful to the Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls for their ongoing, generous support of Girls' Challenge," Robert F. Cashel, president and CEO of FCA said.

This fall, Girls' Challenge will enter its 11th year.

"This past year, the girls focused on positive affirmations and how to resist peer pressure and negative influences," Amy Jeffereis, manager of youth development, said. "They focused on the good, not just in themselves, but in others, and learned that together they are a strong unit and rely on each other for support."

The After School Program seeks to improve the lives of Norwalk's middle school youth by enabling their successful transition into high school and increasing their ability to be productive, independent young adults. The program serves 50 Norwalk middle school students who meet after school, Monday through Friday, throughout the school year at the Program's Norwalk Community College campus.