Implementation Grant Winner

Waterbury, Conn., received a three-year, $450,000 grant to implement its RIBA (River Baldwin) ASPIRA initiative, which focuses on addressing the economic and racial/ethnic inequities that have devalued the once-vibrant South End neighborhood.

The RIBA ASPIRA team plans to improve life for neighborhood residents, children, and families by creating a strong and resident-driven civic infrastructure, realigning and relocating job training services, and revising child care decision-making policies to be more equitable.

Strategy Strategy

Strategies to address the challenge include:

  • Resident engagement through the development of neighborhood ambassadors (or block captains), outreach training, and connections to important decision-making groups.
  • Improving access to and awareness of employment training and support services by extending program locations to the South End, then helping job-seekers navigate the process.
  • Advocating for a more equitable process for allocating childcare and after-care resources to area families.

Vision Vision

The Team The Team

  • Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury
  • Waterbury Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • United Way
  • Neighborhood Housing Services
  • New Opportunities
  • Workforce Development Board
  • CT Community Foundation
  • Waterbury Public Schools

“Having the Working Cities Challenge in Waterbury gives us an opportunity to talk about issues and system changes that are needed, and all the other historical racial issues that have been plaguing Waterbury for a long time. We have the resources now to assist and not only discuss the issues, but work towards goals and plans to address and change them.”

Kevin Taylor, Co-Lead, Waterbury’s RIBA ASPIRA team