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“High school is a time where everyone tells you that you need to do this or that so that you can prepare for some future life. Please do not forget life is now, you must enjoy it and embrace it. CRILA is a program that exemplifies this goal. While it will give you valuable skills that will serve you later in life, it should also be an important part of your everyday life today. So enjoy it, and don't waste this opportunity. If you are willing to put yourself out there and not be afraid to try new things, you will not be sorry, and I personally guarantee that you will find CRILA to be a life changing experience. I know that I will look fondly back on this period of my life, and I will try to embody its values in both my present and my future. Good luck.”
- CRILA 8 Student
Center for Creative Youth
Soundbridge Early Learning Center
The application period for 2018-2019 is now open. The deadline for applications is March 23, 2018.
Application materials must be mailed to Karen Mooney, CREC-CRILA Program Manager, 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for this program is partially provided by a grant from the State Department of Education and is currently pending.
Students completing their sophomore or junior year of high school are invited to apply to CRILA. Student must attend a public high school in one of the 35 participating school districts: Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bristol, Canton, CREC, Cromwell, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Manchester, New Britain, New Hartford, Newington, Plainville, Portland, Region 10 (Burlington and Harwinton), Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, Southington, South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.
The type of student the Academy is looking for is a student who: has a proven ability to lead others in positive pursuits; has strong academic standing; can work successfully with peers and adults; has an interest in and commitment to community service.
There is a $650.00 cost to students to cover travel costs to participate in CRILA. All other costs are covered by CREC. Scholarships are available upon request.
Students are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, commitment to their communities, evidence of service, and leadership potential. A complete application includes:
- Student Information Form;
- A resume that evidences service, scholarship, and leadership;
- An official high school transcript; and
- An essay on leadership.