Uplifting A Life / Almost Home

Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury (NHSW) is committed to revitalizing our neighborhoods through affordable housing, financial education and literacy and community building and engagement initiatives. At NHSW, we know the correlation between housing and education which is why we have partnered with Uplifting A Life – a grassroots group – to offer youth opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics through the Almost Home STEAM Program.

The Almost Home STEAM Program will work with youth to provide them with the opportunity to learn real-life applications in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. Student participants will engage in hands-on projects that will enable them to problem solve, collaborate and learn from their efforts. The culminating project is the creation of “real things that matter” – a student developed and led activity that applies abstract concepts to the everyday world. We want the participants of the program to see themselves as leaders in any of the respective STEAM fields.

This year’s program will include the following components:

  • Architectural Design
  • Video Game Design
  • Music Composition
  • Engineering and Robotics Club
  • Lego and Vex Robotics
  • Financial Literacy
  • Mobile App Design
  • Healthy Living, Healthy eating
  • Dance
  • Ez Pull and Tighten up
  • Etiquette Factory

A Youth Social Change component will also be implemented within the STEAM program and led by the Uplifting a Life Youth Council. Through this program, youth can express themselves and discuss the struggles they have being minority youth. They will be given avenues and resources to help them advocate for themselves and become strong productive leaders in their communities. While the youth are discussing issues, whether it is youth education, youth homelessness, or youth employment they are also working to change laws that are unfair and unjust to them as minority youth.



Grades: 5-8

Cost: $75 

Dates: November 1, 2016 – April, 2017

Location: Walsh School, 55 Dikeman St., Waterbury 

*For a student to enter the Almost Home Youth Social Change/ STEAM program, parents or guardians must be active participant in their child’s education. Since parents are required to register into the parent mentorship program. This program will cover; financial literacy, budgeting, higher education, job search, job training resources, parent walking or running groups, healthy cooking/healthy.

For more information contact:

Erika Cooper, Community Building & Engagement Assistant

M 203.419.8397       P 203.753.1896 ext. 17       E ecooper@nhswaterbury.org