MAY news & updates
MAY 3rd, 2022

Students will recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month and engage in a discussion about the Voice4Change Project, services that students can access during the summer, and legislation approved by the Connecticut General Assembly. 
We use this section of the newsletter to share resources that have been helpful to our race equity journey. Within our internal race equity discussions, we discuss the difficult work of moving equity from theory to practice, confronting racism within friendships and families, and our continued progress from allyship to trusted co-conspirators. Trusted co-conspirators are those who choose to take action against racism regardless of the consequences.
Dismantling Systemic Racism: 2022 Conference on Race, Education, and Success Friday, May 6, 2022, 9 AM-2 PM

The 6th conference on Dismantling Systemic Racism, sponsored by the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in collaboration with the SERC Foundation, focuses on ways to promote and develop racial equity in education. This virtual conference supports educators, families, and community leaders who seek to confront racist structures and practices to better serve Connecticut’s students and their families, through advocacy and the development, implementation, and sustainability of innovative, culturally relevant programming. Register here!


April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Center for Youth Leadership was joined the by CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence for an informative talk.
Congratulations to Fritza and Tremaine Gilmore of EJ's H.E.A.R.T. Inc on their appearance on the Ellen Show.
New student and Kindergarten registration are now open. Click this link to go to the NPS registration page.

Watch this helpful video for a step-by-step guide on Kindergarten registration 

Looking for more assistance? Make an appointment at the NPS Family Center located on 1 Park Street, or stop by during drop-in hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.

For more information, contact 203-854-4100 or [email protected].

Norwalk Public Schools Family Center is now open at 2 Park Street - a resource for families to access:

  • Enrollment and district services
  • Family and community engagement
  • Student wellness
  • Language and academic services
NorWALKs for Mental Health
The Norwalk Partnership, Norwalk Community College, and Norwalk ACTS are organizing "NorWALKs for Mental Health," a community awareness event for May to promote the social connections we all need, provide a fun outdoor walk to highlight mental health, and showcase mental health and substance use resources in our community through an interactive resource fair. 

Please save Saturday, May 7th from 9-11:30 AM at the Norwalk Green with the rain date of Saturday, May 21st on your calendar now, and start talking to your family and friends so we can all get out there together!
Congratulations to the four Norwalk schools that were chosen as winners of the Voice4Change Initiative, which provided students the opportunity to lead and take part in the decision-making process on how the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds are spent within their schools. The Connecticut Department of Education selected Norwalk High School, P-TECH Norwalk, Brien McMahon High School, and Center for Global Studies as winners based on their proposals to impact the school’s community.

Norwalk ACTS had the opportunity to engage, convene and provide the students and educators guidance and resources to create their proposals. This student-led initiative highlighted the importance of collective impact and elevating youth voice. 

Below are the NPS winners and themes:

Brien McMahon High School: McMahon's Mighty Battle: Students Promote Mental Health 

Center for Global Studies: Fencing Program 

Norwalk High School: Bears Unite

P-TECH Norwalk: Week of Wellness 

You can learn more about the Initiative at

We are thrilled that our Out of School Time Program Locator has been over 2,600 times as of May 1st, 2022! Please continue to share this resource with your networks, which has 87 programs listed.
Horizons at New Canaan Country School is seeking dedicated professionals to join their wonderful 2022 summer learning community. They are accepting applications for the following positions:
Nursing and Allied Health On-site Hiring Event

May 6, 2022
10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Norwalk Community College’s Allied Health & Nursing On-site Hiring Event. Local major hospitals including Stamford Health Systems and Nuvance Health will be offering onsite interviews and are looking to fill open positions immediately.

Go to this list of job descriptions to find out more! Register today.

The Youth Business Initiative Scholarship Gala serves as the start of an annual fundraiser for the YBI students and the community.

Funds will go towards scholarships for deserving senior students in our program towards tuition for college to make it more accessible for them to graduate and have productive futures. There will be raffles and many chances to donate. The more money we raise, the more kids we can help send off to college.
 P2P's college scholarship application opened April 1st (virtually) and will close May 10 at 4 pm. For more information, please visit Please contact Flor Gonzalez at [email protected].

GIVE WHILE YOU SHOP: Are you an Amazon shopper? Set Norwalk ACTS as your selected charity on Amazon Smile, and a portion of every purchase will be donated to transform how a community works. Get started here.