Although free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs provide significant nutritional benefits to students during the school day, many disadvantaged children do not have access to regular meals when school is not in session. The BackPack Program helps alleviate child hunger by discreetly providing hungry children with backpacks full of nutritious and easy-to-prepare food on Friday afternoons so they have food to eat throughout the weekend.
The Connect Center aids in the regional food bank's efforts by storing, packing, and delivering the BackPacks for the students.
Volunteers will pack each BackPack according to Regional Food Bank's instructions and then deliver each backpack to the student's home which is local to the Connect Center.
Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty by connecting youth to a better future. We are committed to our mission by providing spaces for dynamic programming. Collaborating with local and national organizations, the Connect Center will host a variety of youth workshops and activities in our various spaces. We will have the ability to host programs that can impact the youth on every level of Maslow’s hierarchy.
The Connect Center for Youth is a community youth center located in Cohoes, NY and established as a 501(c)3 organization in 2012. The concept for the Connect Center was born in the fall of 2009 by Rev. Wendell and Dona Williams, who saw the need for the city youth to have a safe destination to go to after school hours. We work in collaboration with other local organizations, businesses and the school system. With no major donors, the project has been a labor of love over the past eight years and carries no debt. Project build out is currently estimated at 90% completion.
The Connect Center holds a Steam Lab which includes the computer lab, a tech room, a media room, a music studio and performance arts theatre with an art gallery. It will be a unique space where youth can explore and develop skills which are necessary for the present and the future to keep them competitive in a rapidly evolving education and job market. Additionally, we are gearing up to meet the immediate needs of the youth in our city by converting a portion of the Black Box arts theatre into a socially-distant computer lab. This space will also create opportunities for tutoring, mentoring and other tech-based youth programming.
Children & Youth
We'll work with your schedule.
49 Johnston AveCohoes, NY12047
January 25, 2021
Food Delivery / Distribution
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
With 3-5 volunteers, this should take no more than 1-2 hours per week on Friday afternoons.