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Thank You to Our Summer Nexus Grantors

Betty Knox Foundation

The Right Track Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

David T. Black Memorial Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Vernon D. & Florence E. Roosa Family Foundation Memorial Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

2016 Summer Nexus Class Participants

Session I

Damian Abreu
New Britain High School

Taylor Armstrong
Northwest Catholic High School

Alex Bowen
Newington High School

Daniel Carroll
Kingswood Oxford

Meg Conner
Miss Porter's School

Dylan Foley

Katherine Gillis
Hall High School

Charles Gordon

Shugas Hinds Jr.
Wilby High School

Chastidy Hudson
Hall High School

Tyler Williams
Capital Prepartory Magnet School

Nana Kittoe
Community School for Social Justice

Olivia Marsh
East Hampton High School

Kayla Sinclair
High School Inc.


Tianna Edwards, (Summer Nexus 2013, 2014 Polaris Award Winner, Ted Carroll Scholarship Recipient) Freshman at the University of Massachussets Dartmouth, reflects on the impact of her Summer Nexus experience:




  • Make an impact through a community service project that you will choose, plan, and implement
  • Make new friends from different schools and diverse backgrounds
  • Meet and speak with community leaders including top city, corporate, and nonprofit professionals, in small intimate group settings
  • Challenge yourself mentally and socially through meaningful workshops and activities
  • Strengthen your leadership skills by incorporating  your week-long learning into implementing a real-world community service project
  • Have fun participating in team-building activities, community tours, and giving back to the community
  • Enhance your resume

Summer Nexus is a leadership development program unlike any other. Summer Nexus does more than teach leadership skills through a robust, fun, and interactive curriculum, it also shows you how to apply these skills in a real-world environment. For the past eight years our student participants have:


  • Remained active and engaged as leaders in their communities
  • Drawn on their Summer Nexus experience to complete college applications and resumes
  • Been admitted to prestigious universities and colleges
  • Stayed connected to each other and to Leadership Greater Hartford long after program completion