Elevating Voices with UConn PEP

Our communities are stronger when all voices are elevated and included. UConn Extension’s People Empowering People (UConn PEP) program elevates voices by empowering individuals through community-based parent leadership training. People Empowering People builds on the unique strengths and life experiences of the participants. The program emphasizes the connection between individuals and community action. We collaborate with community […]

¡Sí Se Puede! Empowering Families with Monica Jimenez

As a child, Monica Jimenez would have fun pretending to be a teacher. In high school, her interests shifted from teaching to law. Soon after beginning law school she realized that path was not for her. She then found her true passion, Special Education.  Monica graduated from La Universidad de Azuay in Ecuador with a […]

¡Sí Se Puede! Empoderando Familias con Monica Jimenez

De niña Monica Jimenez jugaba a ser maestra. En la escuela secundaria, sus intereses pasaron de educación a la abogacía. Poco después de comenzar la escuela de leyes, se dio cuenta de que ese camino no era para ella. Luego encontró su verdadera pasión, la Educación Especial. En 1996, Monica se graduó de La Universidad […]

UConn PEP Graduate Lynn Ofori Named Super Mom of the Year 2021

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Cox Communication launched the “Super Moms” campaign to celebrate the hard-working moms who are raising children, pursuing careers, managing households, and bettering themselves through any means possible. Wethersfield’s own Lynn Ofori has been awarded $1,000 and the title of Super Mom of the Year 2021. Lynn is a single mother of 5, who works […]

Wethersfield PEP: Growing Community and Expanding Opportunities in 2021

Article by Jeanine Berasi Wethersfield PEP is our community name for the UConn Extension People Empowering People Certification Program facilitated here in our beautiful town. Overall, PEP is a 10-week information and action driven course with a community service component as designated by UConn Extension. Upon graduation participants receive official certification through UConn Extension. PEP […]

Connecting and Transforming Communities with Rich Mutts

Rich Mutts ’06 (CLAS) graduated from UConn with a bachelor of arts in human dimensions and family studies. The New Haven school system quickly hired him. As his career progressed, he knew that he wanted to do more to make positive changes in the community. In 2016, Rich had the opportunity to join the Meriden […]

UConn PEP Program at Correctional Institutions

For over twenty years, UConn Extension has partnered with the Department of Corrections to offer the UConn People Empowering People Program at Correctional Institutions (UConn PEPCI). UConn PEPCI is a personal and family leadership program modeled after the community UConn People Empowering People (UConn PEP) program and focuses on keeping people from returning to prison. […]

UConn’s Commitment to the Principles of Civic Action

We empower our students, faculty, staff and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus― nearby and around the world. We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of […]

Reading garden new alternative to a classroom

originally posted in The Bristol Press by Susan Corica on October 23, 2015.   PLYMOUTH–The new Reading Garden at South Side Elementary School is like an outdoor classroom, one with grass instead of a tile floor, wooden benches and colorful Adirondack chairs instead of desks, and a brilliant orange maple tree instead of a whiteboard. […]