October 25, 2021

USB CF

The Education People

CJR receives grants for work, education summer program


LITCHFIELD — With support from the American Savings Foundation, The Litchfield Aid of CJR and the Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund, the Connecticut Junior Republic is providing a six-week Work-Based Learning Summer Program for 40 at-risk boys and girls from Waterbury.

Grants of $24,000 from the American Savings Foundation, $10,000 from the Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and $10,000 from The Litchfield Aid of CJR, have funded this unique summer program, which includes vocational training in culinary arts, video and media production, horticulture and landscaping, and entrepreneurial skills development, according to a statement.


All students are also participating in a financial literacy curriculum and collaborating on projects while developing specific skill sets relevant to the four job areas. Program participants have “worked” Monday through Friday at CJR’s Waterbury Campus, located at 80 Prospect Street, since July 6, and the program will continue through Aug. 6. A number of COVID-19 precautions have been incorporated into the program to ensure the safety of participating young people and staff members, CJR said.

The students’ educational experience began the week of June 21, with a standardized application and interview process for various positions, according to the statement. Boys and girls participated in resume development, as well as interviewing and employment-readiness training. Each of the four study areas associated with the “work” component of the program are using an entrepreneurship model to develop specific “products” associated with culinary arts, media production, and horticulture and landscaping. A fourth entrepreneurial skills development class is working with the other program components to market their products and develop promotional materials. All students are being paid stipends for their participation in the program.

Boys and girls in the culinary class are catering lunches for CJR programs and other non-profit organizations in the Waterbury area. This project component is specifically funded by the grant from the Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund. The horticulture and landscaping class is tending a newly created garden area on the grounds of CJR’s Waterbury campus that includes herbs and vegetables and students are also working on community beautification projects. Students in the video and media production class are documenting the activities of the other classes through photography and video, as well as working on their own class projects.

the arts, with special emphasis on the needs of children, youth and families, through grants to community organizations and college scholarships. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has contributed nearly $64 million in total grants and scholarships.

The Litchfield Aid of CJR is a voluntary, charitable organization comprised of approximately 100 members that was founded in 1911, for sole purpose of improving the programs, services, and facilities of the Connecticut Junior Republic.

The Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund was established in 1974 to support and promote quality education, human services and health care programming for underserved populations in the Woodbury area.