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2013 Summer Nexus Class Participants

Shay-voya Anderson
East Catholic High School

Ashley Balfour
East Catholic High School

Taylor Caldwell
Metropolitan Learning Center

Michael Chaia
Farmington High School

Francisco Chang
Newington High School

Alyssa Davis
Hall High School

Tianna Edwards
Watkinson School

Julia Fountain
Northwest Catholic High School

Heather Griffin
Canton High School

Brian Johnso
Simsbury High School

Keshav Kunver
Conard High School

Tiffany Liu
Glastonbury High School

Seyenah Lopez
Hall High School

Brandon Matias
New Britian High School

Jayden McAdams
Northwest Catholic High School

Troy Mitchell
Metropolitan Learning Center

Brittany Nelson
Bloomfield High School

Brianna Nelson
Bloomfield High School

Stephany Palaguachi
Loomis Chaffee

Isabelle Taboada
Farmington High School


A Program of Leadership Greater Hartford

Now in its seventh year, Summer Nexus is a seven-day leadership program that assembles motivated and energetic high school students, grades 10 to 12, from public and private schools for a crash course in leadership development and community involvement. We are excited to offer the choice of two sessions for 2014:  June 22 to 28 or August 10 to 16.  Participants can:

  • Break out of their usual routine and learn about themselves with new friends who will broaden their horizons.
  • Gain new skills that will help them at home, at school and in job hunting
  • Have new experiences that will expand their resume for college applications.
  • Challenge them mentally, physically and socially.
  • Meet community leaders who model the way and are dedicated to making this region the best it can be.

Click here for 2014 Application materials


Summer Nexus 2013 - A Summary

Congratulations to the Summer Nexus Class of 2013!  In August, twenty of the region's high school students came together for a week of leadership development, service learning, and great fun. Program highlights included a tour featuring the history of Hartford, interactive and experiential leadership lessons, a multi-cultural celebration, a meeting with prominent community leaders and the planning and implementation of their own community service project. This year, Summer Nexus participants decided to partner with South Park Inn, a local shelter, to create a “Bag of Basics” - toiletry items for the shelter's clients. South Park Inn is one of the few shelters in the region that does outreach - targeting individuals living under bridges and in parks and giving them these bags of basic toiletry items. Our students worked for five days calling local stores, friends, family members, dental offices and other retail locations trying to secure donations. On the last day of Summer Nexus, the participants brought over 2,200 toiletry items to South Park Inn where they sorted them and created 131 “Bags of Basics”. For more information about South Park Inn, please visit their website at

To learn more about Summer Nexus, contact Andre Santiago at 860.951.6161 x1100 or email