American Institute Donates $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters

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.

American Institute Presents Check to Big Brothers Big Sisters

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.

American Institute Celebrates Constitution Day 2014

September 17th, 2014, All Campuses: American Institute celebrates Constitution Day 2014On September 17, 1787, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Every year on this day, we celebrate the document that solidified the birth of this great country: The Constitution.

It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world! Our campuses celebrated in style by wearing their Red, White, and Blue and participating in various activities to commemorate this important day in our nation’s history. Everyone who celebrated had a great time honoring our Constitution, and we look forward to next year’s Constitution Day!

Toms River and Clifton Celebrate EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week

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.

Toms River Campus Supports Sleep Out for Homeless Kids

HarborHouse

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.

American Institute Sponsors 2014 Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade

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.

West Hartford Walks in CT Breast Health Initiative Race in the Park

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.

West Hartford Campus supports Race In the Park

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.

* http://ctbhi.org/about-us/breast-cancer-statistics

American Institute Raises Funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County

May 5, 2014, Toms River, NJ- American Institute Toms River celebrated “Cinco de Mayo” with a special “Drinko de Mayo” celebration, in which they raised funds for the nearby after school program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a life changing preventive program that ultimately reduces the need for possible future juvenile justice and school disciplinary intervention, through nurturing children, and empowering them to succeed. Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, starting a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential.Research found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, were 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school.

The organization aims to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, and American Institute is proud to have a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. All funds that were raised at our “Drinko de Mayo” event was used to purchase juice boxes for the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ocean County’s after school program, and the event proved to be huge success.

American Institute Donates to Ocean County Big Brothers Big Sisters

American Institute Clifton Sponsors Ball of Oranges

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.

American Institute Toms River Blood Drive

Donating blood in Toms River, NJ

Donating blood in Toms River, NJ

April 9, 2014, Toms River, NJ- Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10% actually do each year.* Our Toms River campus was able to provide support for this effort by hosting a blood drive with the Blood Center of New Jersey. When an individual is struck with illness or suffers an accident, a blood transfusion can save his or her life, and must already be available to have a positive impact.

The Blood Center of New Jersey supplies over 100,000 blood products annually to the hospitals and medical centers of New Jersey, but there is always a need for more help. At the American Institute Blood Drive in Toms River, 26 individuals successfully donated. We are thrilled that we reached our goal for this event, and are proud of each and every donor for doing what he or she could to help save a life.

*American Red Cross

American Institute Supports Autism Speaks

April 2, 2014, West Hartford, CT- This year, American Institute West Hartford has chosen Autism Speaks as one of the key recipients of their fundraising efforts. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month by helping raise awareness about autism, and the campus was decked out in blue with blue lanterns glowing at the front desk and blue balloons covered the halls, and students joined in by contributing a couple dollars to wear blue jeans and as much blue flair as possible. Funds were also raised by raffling off a beautiful Vera Bradley tote filled with women’s accessories, donated by Kim Voket, DMS Program Director. Congratulations to the raffle winner Rosie Paban, a student in the Medical Assisting program! Through our efforts, we are proud that we raised over $200 for Autism Speaks so far, and look forward to supporting the cause further. Kim Colbert, Campus President, said “The school has really showed its support for this cause, and we are very happy to be part of it.”

Request Information

Our Programs

News / Events

American Institute Donates $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters

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, […]

Read more...

American Institute Celebrates Constitution Day 2014

September 17th, 2014, All Campuses: On September 17, 1787, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Every year on this day, we celebrate the document that solidified the birth of this great country: The Constitution. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution […]

Read more...