Domus is a Stamford-based non-profit that provides support and services to at risk youth in the community through education, community and residential programs. The goal is to create the conditions needed for them to succeed in school and ultimately lead satisfying and productive lives. Enrollment is currently open at both Domus operated schools for the upcoming school year.
- Education Program: Domus operates Trailblazers Academy for middle school students and Stamford Academy for high school students, as well as the Bridgeport Detention Center Summer School and the Hartford Detention Center. The schools focus on students who have struggled in traditional schools through smaller classes, longer school days and intensive remedial literacy help.
- Stamford Academy high school students averaged greater school-year growth on the STAR Reading assessment than 67% of students nationwidewith similar achievement histories.
- Trailblazers Academy middle school students averaged greater school-year growth on the STAR Reading assessment than 59% of students nationwidewith similar achievement histories.
- 100% of eligible youth in the residential program graduated from high school and went on to college or a vocational program.
- Community Program: Domus operates a the Chester Addison Community Center in Stamford, offers before and after school programs, a summer camp, employment readiness programs and mentoring/coaching support. They have also started a Juvenile Review Board in partnership with the Stamford Police Department to offer first time misdemeanor offenders a second chance.
- Residential Program: The residential program is meant to support homeless youth. Domus House provides a home for 16 boys, ages 14 to 20, who are placed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
Domus opened in 1972 and serves more than 1,100 youth in Stamford. If you’re interested in enrolling in one of their schools, check the Stamford Academy website and Trailblazers Academy website for more information.
If you’re interested in helping the program, sign up for the Domus Niner on September 23 at Cove Island Park, make a donation on the website or sign up to volunteer by contacting Julia Wade JWade@domuskids.org.
(Photos by: Rich Freeda & Hozana Schuindt)