For over 25 years, Manchester City Schools’ Family Resource Center has met the needs of some of the area’s most disadvantaged youth. At the heart of that mission is Director BJ Sylvia.
FRC works to give even the most disadvantaged students an equal chance for academic success. It’s a mission of hope and caring.
“Our Mission for our Family Resource Center is to break down barriers and promote student success in the classroom and in life,” BJ said.
The program now serves approximately 685 students, district wide.
“Our Manchester City Family Resource Center is a place students, families, teachers and staff can find the help they need to solve the smallest to the biggest obstacles our students may face,” BJ said.
How it works
The Family Resource Center’s main distribution is the annual WeCARE. First held in 1994, it provides clothes, school supplies and hygiene items each fall before the start of school. Other programs include regular individual good hygiene classes, big group hygiene classes, parenting classes, coat and food drives throughout the year, Angel Tree (Christmas gift program), Backpack for Kids (providing weekend kid-ready food) and attendance parties and incentives.
Additionally, with the help of community organizations and individuals, FRC aids families with homeless issues, utility bills, rent, motel expense and a range of unique hardships that families may face.