Award-winning reporter to speak at Y’s Women meeting

John Craven, News 12 award-winning reporter, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Y’s Women on Sept. 24 at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport. The meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by the program at 11:30 a.m.

Craven has more than 20-years experience in broadcast journalism and has been with News 12 since 2013. He specializes in political and investigative feature stories, and has covered some of the biggest news stories of the past decade, including the Penn State sex abuse scandal, the shuttle Columbia explosion and Cindy Sheehan’s monthlong protest outside President George W. Bush’s “Western White House.” His breaking news coverage led to a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His work has also been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Associated Press.

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Bluetooth technology conference set for Oct. 2

Bluetooth communication ability is the most recent advancement in hearing aid and cochlear implant technology, opening a far greater world to the hearing impaired. The Southwest CT Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will present a conference discussing and demonstrating the uses of Bluetooth technology to provide better communication ability for the hearing impaired, via improved sound transmission on hearing aids and cochlear implants, and captioning on home and cellphones.

This conference will feature Audiologist Kari Londo from Oticon, discussing connection of hearing aids from iPhones, music, TV and more; and Title IV ADA specialist Wayne Simmons from Clear Captions, talking about captioning on home and cellphones, and the availability of a free home-captioning telephone.

The conference will take place Oct. 2 at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Ave., Westport, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is open to the public, captioned and free to all.

Library hosting events for young adults

The Westport Library is hosting two separate events aimed at supporting local young adults. The first event on Sept. 22 is the Countdown to College Expo, a 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. event in which participants can meet academic tutors and college counselors from around Fairfield County. Practice SAT and ACT tests are offered with registration. Free, one-on-one Common App review is also available with registration.

On Sept. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m., students looking to volunteer during the school year will have a place to start researching opportunities at the Library’s Volunteer Expo.

Generation Impact to award $10,000 grant

Generation Impact, a newly formed program for girls in grades nine thorugh 12 throughout Fairfield County, is kicking off the school year with 40 members from schools in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and Westport. This Fdall, the group hopes to recruit at least 60 more girls. Its goal: 100 members will donate $100 each, pool their membership donations, and award a $10,000 impactful, youth-focused grant to a deserving nonprofit organization in the community.

Though the girls will work toward awarding a grant and making an impact, Generation Impact’s mission is three-fold: introduce the next generation to the needs in the community, foster the spirit of philanthropy and empower girls to work together to make an impact in Fairfield County.

According to Isabel Allard, Greenwich Academy student and founder of Generation Impact, “Part of what we’re trying to do is not only give a grant, but teach girls how to give thoughtfully by reviewing grant applications and making the really heart-wrenching decision of: You can only give one grant, so who do you give it to when you’re presented with so many amazing charities that are all doing such good things in our community?”

The program was inspired by Impact Fairfield County, a collective giving circle which engages women in philanthropy on a deeper level — where they learn about the many needs across the community, and the nonprofit organizations working to meet those needs. Members then determine what initiatives to fund with transformational Impact Grants each year. Girls who join Generation Impact will have the opportunity to get as involved as they want.

On one end of the scale, they can join in the fall and attend “The Big Give” in the spring, an event where nonprofit finalists will present and Generation Impact members will vote to award its grant. Another option is to join and participate in the whole process, attending “The Big Learn,” a meeting to learn how to review nonprofit grant applications, and “The Big Review” where they’ll work with other members on a Grants Committee to narrow the application pool into three or four worthy finalists before “The Big Give” event.

The grant application process will begin on Oct. 16, when the application becomes available online at Generation Impact’s website. Applications can be submitted through Nov. 13. Girls interested in joining the program, local businesses wishing to donate to the grant and/or provide foundational support, and nonprofits interested in applying for the grant can visit the website at GENERATION IMPACT