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Our Mission

Middletown Green Community Center (MGCC)

VISION: To create a grass-roots, community-driven learning center in Middletown that focuses on
information technology, healthy living, and the arts.

MISSION: Improve the lives of the under-served people and families in Middletown and the surrounding
towns by developing high-tech skills, instilling healthy lifestyles in all ages, and training in the arts.

 

Our Story

The Green Street Task Force, an independent grassroots group in Middletown, comprising many organizations and their leaders, held its first meeting in NEAT's office on October 31, 2017.  Since then GSTF has created and approved a proposal for taking over 51 Green Street, when it closes on June 30, 2018.  The proposal is available here.  Jeff Hush is the Chair of GSTF and the other leading members are listed on the proposal.

Proposal Summary:

Middletown Green Community Center (MGCC)

www.middletowngreencc.org

VISION:  To create a grassroots, community-driven learning center in Middletown that focuses on three spheres of culture:  information technology, healthy living, and the arts.

MISSION:  Improve the lives of the underserved people and families in Middletown and the surrounding towns by developing high-tech skills, by instilling healthier lifestyles through training in food and movement, and by practical instruction in the arts (music, visual, performing).

SUMMARY PLAN:

The Middletown Green Community Center (MGCC) will reside in 51 Green Street, originally St. Sebastian’s School.  The new MGCC takes a much broader, more community-based approach than the former Wesleyan-run organization at that location.  Our goal is to create “positive proximity” by interlocking these three cultural spheres.

Key facets of the MGCC:

  1. The content of the programs will be 3 high-impact “life” initiatives:
  2. Healthy Living—food and movement systems promoting longevity and happiness
  3. Career Training—in Information Technology, Programming, and Digital Design
  4. Arts—bringing in Wesleyan alumni frequently to give real-life arts experiences
  5. MGCC will focus on attracting young people, families and the elderly from the surrounding areas to both contribute to and benefit from our mission. Low-income and middle-class residents will work and study together to build a more sustainable and resilient American community based on EQUITY.
  6. MGCC’s organizers include local businesses, Middletown leaders & stakeholders, and local teachers and students. Our grassroots organization will build strong ties to local and national businesses and organizations for support and fundraising.

 

PARTNERSHIPS:

Russell Library (programming in tech, “Girls Who Code,” hip hop, film, food justice, yoga, health)

Wesleyan University (Digital Design Studio, STEAM, Alumni, Service Learning, Work-Study, New                       Wes-Community Think Tank)

Afropop Worldwide (education in music/radio production; future direction in podcasts and telling community stories)

Close the Gap (afterschool tutoring program, long-term:  College Prep)

NEAT (community organizing and advocacy in the North End)

NAACP (NAACP Health Committee at Middlesex Hospital, working for Health Equity)

Blue Zones Project (Dr. Mike Kalinowski and Food & Movement Therapy)

Sustainable CT (statewide program administered locally by Clean Energy Task Force)

CHEER (low-income renewable-energy housing program linked to CETF)

MAC650 Gallery (Arts space and office on Main Street in Middletown)

Dar Williams (and 500 Wesleyan Alumni:  first fundraising project, launched Jan. 28)

Accountability will be established by MGCC Charter and overseen by MGCC Board of Directors