Family & Children's Agency has received a $15,000 grant from The Perrin Family Foundation to support the agency's After School Program. The program focuses on middle school students in Norwalk who face multiple barriers to success, providing them with academic support and enrichment programs as preparation for life in high school and beyond.

"Family & Children's Agency really wants to increase the ability of our program participants to become productive, independent young adults," Jennifer Barahona, director of youth development, said, quoting from the program's mission statement. To reach this goal, the program focuses working with the students to improve academic performance, strengthen character development, and support successful implementation of life skills.

Students in the program are exposed to diverse opportunities and experiences. Every day after school ends, the students spend time at Norwalk Community College, which houses the program. There they do homework and work on life lessons. Special events and talks are also held.

For more information, visit www.perrinfamilyfoundation.org or www.FamilyandChildrensAgency.org.