Facility Update: Due to the forecasted inclement weather, the Y will have a delayed opening of 11am on Tuesday, 2/28.

Facing the Future Partnership

Panzano FAFU High School Scholarship

Through donations and service trips, we have helped transform a one-room school into a life-saving child development center with multiple classrooms, a library, and a computer center, providing education, healthcare, and two meals a day to 325 kids who would otherwise have no hope. 

But, Facing the Future only covers kids through middle school. After that, they’re on their own. There are no high schools in Kibera and to attend high school outside of the slum costs $1,000 per year, which for these families, is unattainable.  Once again these children are left without hope…until now.

It is with great pleasure that we have created the Panzano FAFU High School Scholarship Fund, which each year will pay the expenses for kids from Kibera to leave their wretched living conditions and go to high school.

The scholarship was created in recognition of Craig Panzano, 2004-2021 Executive Director of the New Canaan YMCA, and his tireless efforts to make the New Canaan YMCA and community a better place.  In addition to his service to the New Canaan community, Craig helped lead the partnership with and development of Facing the Future.  The children and teachers of Facing the Future have become a part of our family over the years and this scholarship honors Craig’s dedication and passion to serving others not only here in the New Canaan community, but across the globe in Kibera.

Donation Form

To donate securities, please contact Kristina Barrett at 203-920-1654 with the stock name and number of shares, and to receive additional instructions/Y account information.

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