Many students are not given the proper attention to cultivate their learning experience in school. We believe education is a ladder and if a student misses a step without proper guidance they cannot move on. With XLR8 we try to bridge that gap for these students and strive to set them up for success in school with positive reinforcement. From learning keyboard skills to doing worksheets XLR8 works to equip the students with the tools to shine in the classroom.

Kid power

Did you know that the students within the PT Barnum Apartments in Bridgeport, are only managing a 6.5% reading proficiency rate? The rate for Fairfield is 88.2% and state-wide it is 69.7%. The math proficiency is similarly poor. The Kid Power program brings volunteers into Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy (where the PT Barnum K-2nd grade students are), during the school hours of 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and provides one-on-one time with an adult and a child for up to 60-minutes to work on reading, writing and arithmetic.

5 Loaves

The 5 Loaves program in essence is a cooking program on Tuesday nights that prepares amazing "home-cooked" meals for about 100 young students attending our Prime Time mentoring program.  The team cooks a meal each Tuesday night for the Primetime kids at the Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy. Volunteers are needed to help gather supplies for the week, prepare and help cook where needed. Set up will start at approximately 4:30 PM and end at 7:30 PM on Tuesday nights. Time slots are available as late as 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.  Once or twice a month commitment please.  If you are interested, please contact


PrimeTime is a youth-based program focused on kids ranging from 2rd to 8th grades at Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy up the street from the PT Barnum Apartments in Bridgeport. The program is built on a steady curriculum of activities, sports and Bible study from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM for grades 2–5 and from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM for grades 6–8 on Tuesday nights. We also have a high school program on Monday nights from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. It also provides a warm meal, which the kids truly appreciate. This age range is transformative for many kids. Mentorship is strongly, strongly needed.

Summer PRograms

Each summer we run some programs that take place over the summer.  These programs give students the opportunity to have fun and to learn during the summer months.

    Week of Hope -- A week long Vacation Bible School Program from 11:00am-1:30pm each day. Over 100 kids come and enjoy games, crafts, lessons and small groups.

Week of Hope 2019 Dates: July 8-12 — If you are interested in serving with this program, please email Tanja at

    Summer Camp -- Between 20-30 kids get the opportunity to attend a sleep away camp for 1-3 weeks.

Summer Camp 2019 Dates: July 15-19


Bridgeport Proclaims “Urban Impact Day”


Whereas, the City of Bridgeport is proud to recognize Urban Impact (UI) enabling Programs. Founded in 2008, UI provides at-risk youth from Bridgeport – PT Barnum public housing complex, educational and mentoring opportunities through in-school & after-school activities

Whereas, in the past 12 months, Urban Impact Programs reached over 476 different students and has provided 9,183 hours in mentoring and 4821 hours in tutoring which include one-on-one and small group tutoring and mentoring with the purpose of helping youth achieve academic success, develop positive character traits and lead a fulfilling life; and,

Whereas, Urban Impact’s “Kid Power” program partners with the School Volunteer Association of Bridgeport to provide volunteers who spend one-on-one time with Kindergarten through 3rd grade students at Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy School; and,

Whereas, these volunteers help students for up to 30 minutes during the school hours of 9am to 3pm on reading, writing and arithmetic; and,

Whereas, Urban Impact’s XLR8 program is a mentoring and tutoring program where volunteers help struggling students from the PT Barnum community with their homework at the Gary Crooks Community Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm; and,

Whereas, Urban Impact’s PrimeTime program is a youth based program that focus on students grades 2 through 12 at the Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy, providing a variety of activities, sports and Bible lessons on Monday and Tuesday nights from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm and,

Whereas, Urban Impact facilitates High School boys’ basketball program on Monday nights from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Now Therefore, I, Joseph P. Ganim, Mayor of the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, on behalf of the citizens of Bridgeport, express our appreciation to Urban Impact and its community of collaborative partners have been providing mentoring and tutoring activities to at-risk students in the City of Bridgeport, for over ten years.

June 7, 2018