Scholarships For CJR

   On Thursday, June 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, the Connecticut Junior Republic’s (CJR’s) Waterbury Program will hold its annual pasta dinner to raise funds for scholarships for boys and girls associated with its services.  The dinner will be held in the gymnasium of the Junior Republic’s 80 Prospect Street facility in Waterbury.  Scholarships will be awarded to six students who will be attending college, a technical school or the entering the service. 

   The pasta dinner will be catered by students enrolled in the CJR Waterbury Program’s vocational culinary arts class, under the supervision of chefs Kirk Palladino and Michael Louchen.  The meal will include pasta, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.  A key note address by CJR alumna and past scholarship award recipient Amelia Shannon, will be featured, along with a recital by students associated with the Waterbury Art Magnet School.  Now a social worker, Ms. Shannon is currently a member of the staff of the Junior Republic’s Waterbury Program.

   The cost of the dinner is $20 per person and all proceeds will be applied toward CJR’s Waterbury Youth Scholarship Fund.  Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the evening of June 9.  To obtain tickets or additional information about the event, please contact the CJR Waterbury Program (203) 757-9939.

   Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they can become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities. 

   The Junior Republic conducts a residential program for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus.  Special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, which is also located on its Litchfield campus.  Transition and related services are also provided. 

   CJR provides a further dimension of residential care for boys at its group homes in East Hartford and Winchester, as well as short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls at its Center for Assessment, Respite and Enrichment (CARE) in Waterbury.  A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive home-based services, and aftercare, are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s offices in Danbury, Meriden, New Britain, Torrington and Waterbury (two sites). 

   A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses and organizations, and through service contracts funded by  the Court Support Services Division (CSSD) of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schools.  For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email: