Community Partnerships encourages students to be entrepreneurial and creative in their community-learning engagements. The following programs are created and run by students.  


America Reads Challenge

In 1997, President Clinton issued the America Reads Challenge, which called on all Americans to help ensure that every child can read well and independently by the end of third grade. Connecticut College created a component of this national literacy program by partnering with New London's public Jennings and Winthrop elementary schools.

Connecticut College students complete a reading training program and are matched with classroom teachers. Our students assist as teacher aides, provide one-to-one tutoring and teach small groups. They also read to children to foster a love of reading and build literacy skills.

Students can participate through paid federal work-study positions or as volunteers. The America Reads Challenge student coordinators work closely with a Community Partnerships staff member to oversee, recruit, train and place student tutors in the classrooms.


ARBO Project

Connecticut College students collaborated with Community Partnerships and the Connecticut College Arboretum to design and implement this environmental education program.  Over the course of one academic year, free tours are given to more than 300 youth from local schools and community groups. Tours are also given to families during the College's Reunion weekend.

Connecticut College students give engaging age-appropriate and content-specific tours that involve hands-on educational activities to children, youths or adults in the Arboretum. The tours last approximately one hour, during which student tour guides show visitors the various habitats in the Arboretum, discuss how human and animal influences affect these habitats, and explain the necessity for environmental conservation.

An Arbo Project student coordinator works closely with the Community Partnerships staff to oversee the scheduling of tours and coordination of the student tour guides.


College Access and Success Seminars is a series offered throughout the academic year for seniors from the Science and Technology Magnet High School. High school students work with college students to develop skills around critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.

Enrich Mentor Program

An innovative award-winning partnership with Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School (BDJ) that aims to advance student success and create a college-positive mindset. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from BDJ participate in specialized programming on Connecticut College's campus aimed to promote academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, civic understanding, and social-emotional growth. Connecticut College students support Enrich through mentoring, tutoring, and coordinating programming.

ESL Project

This student-developed English as a Second Language (ESL) program promotes English language skills among non-native speaking staff at Connecticut College.

Dining Services collaborates with Community Partnerships and the New London Adult Education Program to offer English As a Second Language. A teacher from the Adult Education Program comes to campus and works with staff members who want to improve their English speaking and writing skills. College student tutors assist with one-to-one tutoring.

Habitat for Humanity

A nonprofit, international organization, Habitat for Humanity is a nondenominational Christian housing organization welcoming all people to join in the effort to build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 50,000 houses with families throughout the United States and another 100,000+ houses in communities around the world. Connecticut College students run a student chapter and work with both local and global Habitat projects. A student coordinator leads the chapter's work.

Jennings Enrichment

Jennings Enrichment is a partnership with Jennings Elementary School to impact academic performance, enhance school culture, and engage students in rich endeavors that broaden their experiences.

Pre-Health Program

The Pre-Health Program is an innovative new program that places Connecticut College students in pre-health programs at health-related organizations — in both public health and clinical settings — to povide them with invaluable and applicable community learning and work experience.

The program educates students about the variety of health-related fields, the disparities that exist between urban and suburban medical services, and the health needs and demographics of a small, diverse and developing city.

Pre-Health Program student coordinators place and track participating students at local clinical and non-clinical health related organizations, including Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, the Community Health Center, New London Department of Public Health, Alliance for Living, the United Cerebral Palsy Association of S.E. Connecticut and numerous other organizations. Student coordinators also create new partnerships and invite speakers to present pressing contemporary health related topics to the College community.

Participating students are expected to commit to a semester of work at their community placement.

This program includes these components:

Project Kids, Books, Athletics (KBA)

Commonly known as Project KBA, this program promotes reading and physical fitness with the children of New London.

Connecticut College students complete a training program, work in teams with other College students and travel to schools and community-based after-school programs. There, they lead a series of structured physical fitness activities and read multicultural stories with local children and youth. A KBA Coordinator organizes trips to local schools and works with and oversees the teams of KBA mentors to create and implement structured activities.