What The V.I.P. Program Offers

We expose as many students as possible from Bridgeport, Connecticut area schools to information and mentors so they may realize their potential to matriculate on the college level. We develop leaders and individuals, most from disadvantaged backgrounds, that have the ability to succeed in higher education and become contributing members of society.

V.I.P. Will Meet During the 2022-2023
School Year from September to May on a Weekly Basis

6th-8th Grades: Selected Tuesdays – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1000 Lafayette Boulevard, 3rd Floor Training Room- Bridgeport, CT

9th-12th Grades: Wednesdays – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Housatonic Community College, Beacon Hall, 900 Lafayette Blvd. Bridgeport, CT

For further information email: or Text: 203-395-6442

see flyer below for summer programming

Topics covered are as follows:

NutritionFinancial AidHIV/AIDS
SAT PrepHealth and HygieneDrugs /Addiction
Financial LiteracyEtiquetteViolence Prevention
Time ManagementScholarshipsMale/Female Relationships
Listening SkillsCareer GoalsV.I.P. Reading List
Study HabitsMajor SelectionParent Involvement
Note TakingSpiritualityCurrent Events
Public SpeakingSexGlobal Issues

NutritionCareer Goals
SAT PrepMajor Selection
Financial LiteracySpirituality
Time ManagementSex
Listening SkillsHIV/AIDS
Study HabitsDrugs /Addiction
Note TakingViolence Prevention
Public SpeakingMale/Female Relationships
Financial AidV.I.P. Reading List
Health and HygieneParent Involvement
EtiquetteCurrent Events
ScholarshipsGlobal Issues

College Tours

V.I.P. sponsors at least 3-4 college tours per year. (3-9 days) They are held in October, November, February, and April. Summer College Tours (day trips and overnight) are also held in June, July, and August for 6th-12th grade students. Cultural and other recreational outings are also offered during the summer. Listed below are some of the colleges V.I.P. students have toured, attended, graduated from and are presently attending:

UConnLivingston UniversityQuinnipiac UniversityTennessee State University
Morehouse CollegeBoston UniversityCheyney UniversityWilberforce University
Temple UniversityAlbertus Magnus CollegeWake Forest UniversityMiami University of Ohio
Hampton UniversityGateway Community CollegeVirginia State UniversityOhio State
Emory UniversityEast Carolina UniversityDuke UniversityOhio University
North Carolina A&T UniversityMorris Brown CollegeJohnson C. Smith UniversityAmerican University
Bennett CollegeSouthern Connecticut State UniversityHofstra UniversityFordham
Eastern Connecticut State UniversityBethune-Cookman CollegeNorfolk State UniversityLincoln University
Central Connecticut State UniversityUMassCorning CollegeMarymount College
University of BridgeportEmerson CollegeNorwalk Community CollegeBryant University
University of Illinois-ChicagoChicago State UniversityPace UniversityAmerican Intercontinental University (AIU)
Northwestern UniversityLoyola UniversityUniversity of Maryland Baltimore CountyWestern Connecticut State
Northeastern UniversityFairfield UniversityNorth Carolina Central UniversityCentral State University
Spelman CollegeSt. Augustine UniversityVirginia Union UniversityWinston Salem State
Georgetown UniversityDelaware State UniversityDePaul UniversityUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore
Columbia UniversityRutgers UniversityKean UniversityFlorida Memorial University
Housatonic Community CollegeSwarthmore UniversityShaw UniversityRider University
Adelphi UniversityPrinceton UniversityJohnson & Wales UniversityMonmouth University
St. John's UniversityVillanova UniversityWilberforce UniversityStony Brook University
Boston CollegeYale UniversityVirginia Commonwealth UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh
Wesleyan UniversityMITTuskegee UniversityDuquesne University
Brandies UniversityFlorida A&M UniversityUniversity of KentuckyAllegheny
Morgan State UniversityClark Atlanta UniversityUniversity of LouisvilleCarnegie Mellon
University of Maryland College ParkCoppin State UniversityUniversity of AkronChatham
NYUGeorgia Tech UniversityYoungstown UniversityMorehouse School of Medicine
Brown UniversityBerklee College of MusicXavier UniversityAmerican University of St. Vincent
Howard UniversityBenedict CollegeUniversity of CincinnatiFisk University
Sacred Heart UniversityUniversity of Michigan Ann ArborSalve ReginaNortheastern University
University of AlbanySyracuse CollegeUniversity of BuffaloSeton Hall University
UConnBenedict College
Morehouse CollegeUniversity of Michigan Ann Arbor
Temple UniversityQuinnipiac University
Hampton UniversityCheyney University
Emory UniversityWake Forest University
North Carolina A&T UniversityVirginia State University
Bennett CollegeDuke University
Eastern Connecticut State UniversityJohnson C. Smith University
Central Connecticut State UniversityHofstra University
University of BridgeportNorfolk State University
University of Illinois-ChicagoCorning College
Northwestern UniversityNorwalk Community College
Northeastern UniversityPace University
Spelman CollegeUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County
Georgetown UniversityNorth Carolina Central University
Columbia UniversityVirginia Union University
Housatonic Community CollegeDePaul University
Adelphi UniversityKean University
St. JohnÕs UniversityShaw University
Boston CollegeJohnson & Wales University
Wesleyan UniversityWilberforce University
Brandies UniversityVirginia Commonwealth University
Morgan State UniversityTuskegee University
University of Maryland College ParkUniversity of Kentucky
NYUUniversity of Louisville
Brown UniversityUniversity of Akron
Howard UniversityYoungstown University
Sacred Heart UniversityXavier University
Livingston UniversityUniversity of Cincinnati
Boston UniversityFisk University
Albertus Magnus CollegeTennessee State University
Gateway Community CollegeWilberforce University
East Carolina UniversityMiami University of Ohio
Morris Brown CollegeOhio State
Southern Connecticut State UniversityOhio University
Bethune-Cookman CollegeAmerican University
Emerson CollegeLincoln University
Chicago State UniversityMarymount College
Loyola UniversityBryant University
Fairfield UniversityAmerican Intercontinental University (AIU)
St. Augustine UniversityWestern Connecticut State
Delaware State UniversityCentral State University
Rutgers UniversityWinston Salem State
Swarthmore UniversityUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princeton UniversityFlorida Memorial University
Villanova UniversityRider University
Yale UniversityMonmouth University
MITStony Brook University
Florida A&M UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh
Clark Atlanta UniversityDuquesne University
Coppin State UniversityAllegheny
Georgia Tech UniversityCarnegie Mellon
Berklee College of MusicChatham