Ways To Give

There are many ways to give to The Academy at Mount Saint John, which include financial support, in-kind donations or you can volunteer your time. In this section of our site, you can see how to put your donations to work and also find a wish list of items needed for our boys.

All of us at The Academy at Mount Saint John have been working diligently to adapt our program to meet the state of Connecticut’s changing needs with dwindling resources. Like many of you, we have encountered cash flow issues and your generosity will go a long way in helping us achieve our mission.

Your donation will help keep our educational, vocational and life skill programs flourishing.

More importantly, you’ll be helping to give a boy a chance to build a better life.

With sincere appreciation,

Kathy White
Chief Administrator & Educational Director

How your support can change a life

In His Own Words

By Christian D.

Poor decision making and lack of patience were some of the reasons that brought me to The Academy at Mount Saint John (AMSJ).

When I first got here I thought this would be just another program. As the months passed, my feelings changed. I had my moments, but with the help of AMSJ staff and my mom, Cindy, I began to believe that it’s not like the rest. I could succeed here.

One of the biggest challenges I faced here was losing someone that helped me in my childhood and the hurt you get when you never got to thank them for everything. AMSJ helped me, gave me someone to talk to in Group, One on One and Drug Abuse counseling. Basically they gave me a chance to prove myself.

The vocational woodshop program was one of the options AMSJ offered me. The first thing I made was a jewelry box for my mom. I learned the basics, how to use saws, and what materials to use for the right job. MSJ got me a job with Hartson General Carpentry in Chester. The vocational program prepared me in almost every way for my job. So far, working for this company has been one of my greatest experiences.

If I had to give advice to incoming kids I would tell them to stay away from the negative and to get close with staff because you never know when you’ll need their help.

Before I came to AMSJ I didn’t see myself going anywhere. Now I can see myself going to college. I feel like I can accomplish anything!