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West Hartford, CT— On Friday, October 10th, 2014, American Institute presented Andy Fleischmann, President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a check for $10,000. The funds will be shared among each of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies where American Institute schools are located, in addition to supporting the national organization, as part of American Institute’s ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in the communities where we work and live. American Institute has locations in Toms River, NJ, Clifton, NJ, and Margate, FL, in addition to the West Hartford, CT main campus.
Each campus held multiple fundraising events throughout the summer to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, as the premier charity partner of American Institute for 2014, raising almost $2,500 from these direct efforts. The company then chose to bring the overall total to $10,000 in honor of all the ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ throughout our American Institute family.
Said Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts, “We are so proud of our students, faculty, and staff who took part in the company-wide challenge to support Big Brothers Big Sisters this summer. Many of our students and their families either know someone or have directly benefitted themselves from the Big Brothers Big Sisters efforts, and we’re delighted to be able to raise awareness as well as funds on their behalf.”
“We’re so happy to have the support of American Institute as a first year partner raising funds for our mission,” said Charleston Edwards, VP of National Events and Sponsorship. “The funds raised in these communities will greatly impact the odds for at-risk youth in the need of a mentor.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves more than 500,000 youth, their families and volunteers. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.
July 21, 2014, Toms River, NJ and Clifton, NJ - Each year massage therapists and bodyworkers nationwide lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness of the benefits of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies during EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week. This year that fell July 13-19, and Toms River and Clifton massage therapy students and faculty joined in and raised not only awareness about the benefits of massage, but also about a great cause.
Each campus hosted a Massage-A-Thon, welcoming walk-ins and appointments to help raise funds for donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Institute’s premier charity partner for 2014. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country, to help at-risk children succeed and thrive. American Institute is proud to support this effort in each of our communities this year.
June 6, 2014, Toms River, NJ- Each year across the country there are an estimated 1.6 million homeless youth.
On June 6th, our Toms River campus helped support them for one night at the Harbor House Sleep Out event, raising $1,000 for this important cause.
In Ocean and Monmouth Counties, there are an estimated 300 homeless kids; many are running away from abusive homes, violent situations, drug stricken family members, or the death of their guardian. American Institute showed the homeless kids of Harbor House that they are not invisible, and that they are not alone.
June 1, 2014, Hartford, CT- For the second year, American Institute was a proud sponsor of this year’s Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival del Coqui on Sunday, June 1st. The parade is dedicated to social engagement, community building and cultural enrichment, all values that American Institute embraces. Over 50,000 people from around the region gathered at Bushnell Park this year to celebrate the sensational influences that Puerto Rican heritage has on society as a whole. Our team rode in the parade, cheered on by excited students and staff of the West Hartford campus. We also had a table in the parade, where we distributed cold water bottles and stress balls to all who came by. Everyone who attended had a great time enjoying music and festivities, while celebrating Puerto Rican heritage, and we look forward to next year’s parade.
May 11, 2013, West Hartford, CT- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.* The CT Breast Health Initiative is one of many organizations striving to change this frightening statistic. Their mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through education and research.
One way that they fund much of their efforts is the CT Breast Health Initiative 2013 Race in the Park, and American Institute West Hartford was pleased to have a team of students and staff walk in the race again this year. Thousands joined together to honor survivors, remember loved ones, celebrate life and most importantly, raise vital funds for the fight against breast cancer in Connecticut. All of the money that the CT Breast Health Initiative raises stays in Connecticut, making this a great partnership for American Institute and supporting our core value of local community service.
May 3, 2014, Clifton, NJ- As many communities continue to suffer the loss of their hospitals due to financial difficulties, it is increasingly important that individuals do their part in supporting their favorite local hospitals.As a local community provider of health care career training, American Institute was proud to be given an opportunity to support East Orange General Hospital in sponsoring their Orange Ball, an evening-long gala. Each year, The Foundation for East Orange General Hospital hosts two Signature Events that provide substantial funding for patient care and treatment, one being the Ball of the Oranges. All funds raised benefit the many vital programs and services that the East Orange General Hospital provides for the community as one of New Jersey’s essential hospitals and American Institute Clifton is proud to have been a part of the event.
February 19, 2014, West Hartford, CT – On Wednesday, American Institute invited author, therapist, life coach, and motivational speaker, Venice R. Garner, to share tips and strategies for building self-esteem and motivating yourself with our students and staff in West Hartford. Ms. Garner shared 12 tips to help with self-esteem, including:
Kim Colbert, Campus President, shared, “Ms. Garner’s message today about building self-esteem was really perfect for our student body. Many of us struggle with self-esteem issues on a daily basis, affecting the ways in which we deal with life’s crises and how we are or are not able to move forward and find success in our lives. Building self-esteem and gaining self-confidence are such important aspects of taking on a totally new career and training for that career. Ms. Garner spoke about several strategies for building up one’s self-esteem, and I believe her message was loud and clear, and exactly what our students wanted and needed to hear.”
Ms. Garner shared a personal story about how a guidance counselor in her high school had advised her to get her GED instead of completing the regular diploma after a particularly tumultuous freshman year due to some severe health challenges. She was able to turn that into motivation to overcome her challenges, and ended up not only graduating but going on to get two bachelor degrees from Lincoln University, PA in Journalism and Human Services, and received her Master’s In Clinical Social Work Degree at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She even published her first book of poetry, “Because I am Different” at the age of 21!
She has also launched a website (www.EmbraceYourDifference.com) to support and encourage others in their journey. Ms. Garner, a Bronx, NY native, and had this to say about today’s visit, “Coming to the American Institute today was refreshing and delightful! The students there were very reflective, asked good questions and gave good feedback. The environment was warm and inviting, and the message of positivity seemed to pass through everyone. I hope the students received as much out of the message as I did speaking with them.”
January 2014, Clifton, NJ- Every two seconds, someone in the United States is in need of blood. Blood cannot be manufactured; it can only come from generous donors. Hosting blood drives is the main way of assuring that those who are in need of blood receive it, and our Clifton campus hosted the Blood Center of New Jersey for a blood drive in January.
More than 70,000 people in the U.S are affected by the sickle cell disease and 1,000 of these are babies born with the disease. People who have this disease require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives, and will not survive if they do not receive these transfusions. Over 9 million Americans donate every year, and this is what keeps these people alive; we’re proud that our Clifton team can be part of helping those in this great cause.
On a snowy & blustery day, 27 people came out to donate blood at our Clifton campus. These 27 individuals helped give people in need another chance at life, and we cannot thank them enough. Admissions Representative, Theresa Baretto, stated,“This was a great turn-out and I’m so happy everyone was able to donate despite the weather.”
West Hartford, CT— On Friday, October 10th, 2014, American Institute presented Andy Fleischmann, President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a check for $10,000. The funds will be shared among each of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies where American Institute schools are located, in addition to supporting the national organization, […]
July 21, 2014, Toms River, NJ and Clifton, NJ – Each year massage therapists and bodyworkers nationwide lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness of the benefits of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies during EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week. This year that fell July 13-19, and Toms River and Clifton massage therapy students and […]