The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford
The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford is a dedicated youth facility that is open daily, is managed by a professional staff, and available and affordable to all youth. The Club has provided after-school activities and youth development services to the youth of Stamford, Connecticut since 1927.
The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford’s focus is to offer programming in the core areas of character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. The Boys & Girls Club has many committed partners who have supported and continue to support the many program offerings that are made available to our members.
PROJECT MUSIC initiated a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford in 2018, operating our flagship Sistema Academy at the Mary C. Rich Clubhouse, in Stamford’s West Side neighborhood. Beginning in January 2019, PROJECT MUSIC also began offering Prelude Program classes at the Boys & Girls Club’s early childhood branch, the Yerwood Unit.
Trailblazers Academy Charter Middle School
Trailblazers Academy is a public school of choice for more than 170 students in grades six, seven, and eight. Many students have not been successful in traditional school environments and need a different learning environment to reach their full potential. A rigorous academic focus, paired with a comprehensive human development model and small classes, allows students to excel academically and build critical social and emotional skills needed for success. Over 80% of Trailblazers Academy students qualify for free or reduced lunch compared to approximately 52% in the Stamford public school system.
PROJECT MUSIC created the Trailblazers Band in 2017 with the belief that music education is absolutely essential to students from potentially traumatic and difficult backgrounds, as they navigate the social and emotional growth of adolescence. Prior to the creation of this program, students at Trailblazers had no access to regularly scheduled art and music classes, but are now able to pursue rigorous development on band instruments with PROJECT MUSIC.
Chester Addison Community Center
The Chester Addison Community Center provides programming to more than 200 Stamford area youth, including after-school enrichment for elementary and middle school students and a specialized program for high-risk teens in Stamford’s Waterside neighborhood
The Community Center became PROJECT MUSIC’s first parter site in September 2014, and served as host to the Sistema Academy for four years. Although the Sistema Academy eventually outgrew this space, the Community Center remains an integral access point for students in need, hosting PROJECT MUSIC’s Chester Addison Band, which serves a number of students who live within walking distance of the facility.