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Volunteer Partner Highlight: Bonnie Foos

“I really enjoy bringing my time and talents to the table for missions that I care deeply about…I love my work with SVP and hope it shows,” said Bonnie Foos, “I have a passion for the people I serve.” 

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CT State Government Work Update: Early Childhood Education

Beth Bye,Commissioner for the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, has been committed to ensuring that the Early Child Care and Education strategic plan is developed with input from stakeholders that works for families, providers, and Connecticut’s economy. SVP CT staff, Jen Gerber and Dr. Monisha Gibson, along with The Hunt Institute, have been serving as lead advisors in this work.

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CT State Government Work Update: Workforce Development

In 2022, OWS launched the Tech Talent Accelerator (TTA), a tool helping to bridge the skills/talent mismatch between industry and institutions of higher education. TTAs 7 inaugural grantees divided $1M in public investments to expand their computer science curricula and short-term credential offerings. In year one, 113 students across the state were equipped with industry-recognized credentials and certifications.

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: James Kemp

“The best advice I can give to any new volunteer partner is to listen. An engagement with an SVP nonprofit partner should start with gaining a deep understanding of who the organization is and the language that they use,” shared James Kemp. “If you have the right mindset and attitude, you can make a big difference.”

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Community Partner Highlight: Horizon’s Bridgeport

HB is a regional network of high-quality, out-of-school-time academic and enrichment programs that support youth in Bridgeport through their academic careers, free of tuition. Their goal is to create opportunities for students to realize their potential.

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