Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) and Affecting New Thoughts Business Concepts (ANT) Establish Partnership

Release Date: 03/11/2010

Partnership to Provide Educational and Life Skills Training to Hartford Youth

The Connecticut Public Broadcast Network (CPBN) has announced a partnership with Affecting New Thoughts Business Concepts (ANT) that will further the mission of both organizations to enhance education and provide a social impact to the youth and young adult community members in the greater Hartford area.
“CPBN and I have an educationally focused relationship that will have a significant social impact on our youth and young adult community members,” said Anthony Griffin, executive director and founder of ANT Business Concepts.
ANT is a vocational program that combines vocational skills, life skills, and character building to high school-age youths to be productive and self-sufficient. Since the summer of 2004, the ANT Vocational Enrichment Center has enriched the lives of over 265 high school age students, providing the motivation and skills needed to succeed in school, work, and life. The ANT program is a new project in CPBN’s Centers for Excellence: Children & Learning initiative.
“The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network has been a part of the city of Hartford for over 47 years and we want to see the city and its youth succeed as much as anyone,” commented CPBN President & CEO Jerry Franklin. “We’re so pleased to be able to offer our expertise and resources in assisting the ANT program with its positive work and continuing our role as an educational leader in the community.”
CPBN and ANT will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to make the start of the partnership on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (In addition, ANT will be graduating a class of students following the commemorative ceremony.) The Ribbon Cutting and Graduation Ceremony will take place in the Chase Family Studio, CPBN headquarters, 1049 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut with a dinner at 3:00 p.m. and the program beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Members of the ANT program will participate in an 8-week course with the CPBN Media Lab learning a wide variety of video and web production techniques including pre-production, interviewing, videography, lighting and editing. In little more than two years, the CPBN Media Lab has provided real world training for students from UConn, Trinity College, University of Hartford, Quinnipiac University, Central Connecticut State University, Syracuse University, Emerson College, Amherst College, University of Rhode Island, Smith College and Springfield College. The CPBN Media Lab has produced numerous multi-part web original series, profiles and documentaries, including Foul Play, a look at the controversy over metal bat use in Little League baseball and Corrupticut examining the effects of political corruption in Connecticut.
 
About Affecting New Thoughts Business Concepts (ANT)
ANT Business Concepts is committed to the economic growth of youth and their families. ANT provides a structured, innovative, non-traditional, community based curriculum to assist youth and their families to build entrepreneurial abilities, secure employment, improve self-learning and become more productive community members. ANT Business Concepts is successfully in its 6th year of operation and actively works with Capital Workforce Partners, Milner School Project, Blue Hills Civic Assoc. Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative, City of Hartford Office of Youth Services, United States Dept. of Justice, Our Piece of the Pie, Dept. of Children and Families (DCF), Division of Juvenile Justice Training School, Community Partners in Action, Hartford Community Court/Washington St (Judge Co Co-field), Hartford Job Corps Academy, Star Mentoring Services, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Adult Education, Connecticut Office of the Secretary of the State (Small and Minority Business Showcase Conference), and The Artists Collective. For more information, visit antbusinessconcepts.com.
About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN)
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The CBPN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cpbn.org.
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