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Putting Advanced Drone Technology into the Hands of Teens

By Aquiline Drones 08/12/2021, 11:15am EDT

Incoming Stamford freshman have already started working towards a technology-focused college degree through the Beyond Limits Summer Scholars Program

While most primary school students have been enjoying a relaxing summer break, a group of 50 incoming high school freshman in Stamford have already started working towards a technology-focused college degree through the Beyond Limits Summer Scholars Program, a component of the Early College Studies Program at Stamford High School (ECS@SHS) that teaches students essential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills for future career success. Aquiline Drones (AD), a national-leading, Connecticut-based manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and cloud solutions provider for commercial drone missions, will host a session of the Scholars Program on Thurs., Aug. 19 from 9:30 to 10:30am at Mill River Park in Stamford with live drone demonstrations and presentations from engineers and pilots.

This is the fifth year of the week-long summer program, which is organized and managed by Beyond Limits, a division of the Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, Inc. with assistance from NOYCE Scholar Students at Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education.

“Anytime there is an opportunity for students to develop their personal skill sets, while also establishing connections with peers through team building, project-based learning, and STEM activities, you start school on the right path. Students feel comfortable and most importantly confident when entering our building for the first time,” said Matt Forker, Principal at Stamford High School. “We have been very fortunate through our partnership with Beyond Limits to give our students these key ingredients to have success at Stamford High.”

“While we often hear how our collaboration with the ECS@SHS program has positively impacted students and families, it’s extremely rewarding to witness firsthand the growth of these young, bright minds in just one week’s timeframe,” adds Andrew Sklover, Co-Founder of Beyond Limits Academic Program.

See the full article at https://stamfordplus.com/putting-advanced-drone-technology-into-the-hands-of-teens/

2021 REGIONAL DOUBLE-GOAL COACH® AWARD WINNERS PRESENTED BY TEAMSNAP

By Rebecca Isenstein 02/04/2021, 1:15pm EST

2021 REGIONAL WINNER: BRIAN KRIFTCHER

In a year like no other, we are especially proud to name the 100 Regional Winners of PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® Award presented by TeamSnap because the impact they’ve had on their student-athletes has been tremendous in a time when it is needed most. 

The 100 coaches, listed alphabetically below, were selected out of 600+ nominations that received over 3,000 letters of reference. (1 additional coach will be added pending the background check).

In the coming weeks, our selection committee will identify 25 National Winners who will each receive $500, a certificate from PCA, and recognition on PCA's website, newsletters and media campaigns. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Taube Family Foundation, one special coach will win the Taube Family Prize in Recognition of Excellence in Coaching and be named PCA’s National Coach of the Year. This prize, to be awarded in April, will include $10,000 ($2,500 to the coach and $7,500 to the youth sports organization or school of their choice). 

SPECTRUM DONATES $10,000 AND 25 LAPTOPS TO STAMFORD PEACE

By Rebecca Isenstein 09/30/2020, 12:45pm EDT

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT, (Sept. 30, 2020) – 

Stamford Peace today hosted representatives from Charter Communications, along with Attorney General William Tong, for a presentation of Charter Communications - Spectrum’s grant of $10,000 and 25 laptops in support of Stamford Peace’s Beyond Limits Academics Program.

Brian Kriftcher, Founder and President of Stamford Peace, expressed his gratitude to Spectrum for their generosity and commitment to the young people of our community, especially at this moment of unprecedented educational challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. “Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the lives of all of us – but especially of lower-income young people in our community for whom the path to educational success and opportunity – already very challenging – has been further impeded by things like social distancing, on and off school days, remote learning, and a general inaccessibility to technology and other vital support resources. The fact that Spectrum has stepped up, and stepped in, with laptop computers for us to provide to our participants in need, as well as with direct financial support, means the world.”

Jennifer Young, Director of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications, made the official announcement and presentation of the Charter - Spectrum grant and spoke about the importance to Charter of making a positive impact on the communities they serve and in which their employees live and work. “We want to be there to help support [programs like Beyond Limits] with financial resources and educational technology.”

Attorney General William Tong shared words of support and gratitude to Stamford Peace. He referenced the current conversations taking place in Connecticut and across the country about equality and justice and the importance of pursuing those ideals not just in the economy or in the workplace but also in schools. “If you want to pursue equity and justice in the classroom and for our students, THIS is how you do it.” Tong went on to thank Charter for its commitment to making an impact in the Stamford community. He pointed out the students and tutors using some of the donated laptops during outdoor tutoring sessions taking place simultaneously with the presentation, “THIS is what people need right now. This is [an organization] that helps people learn in a very challenging learning environment.”

Andy Sklover, co-founder of the Beyond Limits, expressed his gratitude for the support from Charter - Spectrum: “This [support] is going to go a long way in helping us level the playing field for our participants.” He went on to introduce two of the tutors helping students that morning, Tara Alvaro and Swathy Shriram. “In the midst of these challenging and disconcerting times, when the poison of pessimism can seep in, I am really pleased to report that our tutors and tutees give us the warmest faith in our future.”  The event concluded with the formal presentation of a $10,000 check, with Attorney General William Tong and Jennifer Young from Charter Communications, and Brian Kriftcher and Andy Sklover from Stamford Peace/Beyond Limits. 

About Spectrum

Spectrum is a suite of advanced communications services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 30 million customers in 41 states. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.

Kyle O’Reilly named 2019 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award recipient

By Contributed Article 10/16/2019, 7:56pm EDT

The Fairfield County Sports Commission recently announced that Stamford resident Kyle O’Reilly is the 2019 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award recipient. O’Reilly, who was born with the extremely rare genetic disorder Nablus syndrome, has been able to overcome the debilitating illness by channeling his passion for sports. With the aid of a mentor O’Reilly has taken on key supportive roles for two local basketball teams.

O’Reilly will be honored at the Commission’s 15th Anniversary Sports Night awards dinner on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Stamford Marriott.

Full article at https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Kyle-O-Reilly-named-2019-Chelsea-Cohen-Courage-14539999.php

Listen to Coach K on 1490 WGCH share all the exciting things going on at Stamford Peace! (2016)

Coach "K" and Andy Sklover met with Tony Savinio of "The News Room" on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 to discuss the recent name change Stamford Peace has undergone. Coach "K" explained the change from Stamford Peace Basketball Club to Stamford Peace Youth Foundation is not a change in our mission, but instead a step to further capture the bigger picture of Stamford Peace.