New Haven Public Schools “Summer of Fun 2021”

New Haven Public Schools “Summer of Fun 2021”


Collaboration to help families and students access summer programming for all New Haven students

The New Haven Public Schools’ Summer of Fun 2021 will launch with a virtual Summer Programs and Resources Fair on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10 AM to 1 PM, accessible to all New Haven families via Families will connect with summer camp programs and other community resources, including wellness services and technology assistance. Many programs will offer low-cost or no-cost programs and/or scholarships. The Fair’s opening session at 10 AM will include a message from Special Guest Bria Holmes, Guard for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and Hillhouse graduate. All New Haven families are encouraged to participate and find a great fit for their children.

“The New Haven Public Schools system is thrilled to offer our students a vibrant array of summer activities. We want all of our students to have a fun-filled, safe summer with friends, especially after spending so much time outside of the school environment,” said Superintendent Dr. Iline Tracey.
Gwendolyn Williams, Director of the City of New Haven’s Youth and Recreation Department, added t
hat “it is imperative we change the trajectory of the Covid 19 impact on our youth. This collaboration will allow us to create a sense of normalcy as the State of Connecticut opens up again.”

The district’s focus is to offer opportunities for play this summer, since play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people. Through play, children learn about the world and themselves. Other elements of the Summer of Fun will include: The Superintendent’s Communitywide Fitness and Move Challenge, to launch June 2, 2021; NHPS Academic and Enrichment Camps at 12 locations starting July 1, 2021; credit retrieval at all high schools; a Back to School Celebration and Rally on August 16, 2021; and moreSummer of Fun 2021 programs that will be announced in the coming weeks.

Clifford Beers will facilitate wellness support services for participating children and families across programs, and invites families to learn about how to access services immediately, as well as over the summer. Dr. Alice Forrester, CEO of Clifford Beers, explained that the agency “is fully committed to supporting children and families, and especially to working with all of our partners to infuse this summer with play, joy, and community-building.”

In partnership with the New Haven Public Schools, Elm City Communities will provide scholarships for residents to participate in summer camp programs, as well as offer youth employment and mentorship through its RSVP program. Shenae Draughn, ActingPresident of Elm City Communities, noted that “we have long understood the importance of summer programming for physical and mental health, and are excited to collaborate with the New Haven Public Schools and other partners to facilitate a summer of fun and healing for all of our young residents.”

The United Way will support these efforts with a Summer Youth Fund Grant opportunity to help youth organizations adapt their existing summer programs to safely serve young people through in-person or hybrid programming. A committee of young people, parents, and community members will decide the awards.

Roberta Hoskie’s Thursday Real Estate Tips

Roberta Hoskie’s Thursday Real Estate Tips

Listen Thursday at 11:20am for Roberta Hoskie’s Thursday Real Estate Tip. She will be on with Wanda Coppage during the AM edition of The Workforce giving helpful advice on Real Estate.

Plus throughout the month of May, each Thursday Roberta will qualify a listener to win $1,500 towards their rent or mortgage courtesy of Roberta Hoskie and her 1000 Black Families national homeownership program.

Roberta will announce the Grand Prize winner on Thursday June 3rd.

**The winnings will be for the month of July. Payout will be for rent or mortgage cost with the maximum eligible amount being $1,500. Must be a Connecticut resident, 18 years of age or older to be eligible to win.


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Juan Castillo’s Weber Grill Giveaway with Hallock’s

Juan Castillo’s Weber Grill Giveaway with Hallock’s

Summer is almost here, which also means its almost grilling season!

Thanks to our pals at Hallock’s Appliances, Juan Castillo will be giving away a brand new Weber Grill!

Be listening weekdays to the PM edition of The Workforce with Juan Castillo from May 3rd-21st. Each day Juan will qualify someone to win that grill. Be the ninth caller at 203-562-9430 and correctly answer Juan’s question and you’ll be entered to win. It’s that simple!

Juan will announce the Grand Prize Winner of the Weber Grill on Monday May 24th.

So be listening for your chance to win! Good Luck.

Special thanks to Hallock’s Appliances, 174 Cedar Street in Branford. Exit 54 off Interstate 95. Open 7 days a week!


Join WYBC at McDonald’s in Hamden

Join WYBC at McDonald’s in Hamden

Join 94.3 WYBC this Friday May 7th from 12-2pm at McDonald’s, 2320 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden.

Come down, download the McDonald’s app on your phone and receive a free ice cream cone!

Stop by the WYBC Tent outside and win cool prizes!


R&B Trivia Challenge

R&B Trivia Challenge

94.3 WYBC and U.S. Furniture want to test your R&B Trivia knowledge.

Throughout the month of May listen weekday mornings to DeDe In The Morning with Darryl Huckaby. Each weekday morning from May 3rd-27th Huck will ask 3 trivia questions about R&B music. Be the right caller at 203-562-9430 and correctly answer all 3 questions. If you do that, you’ll be automatically qualified to win the Grand Prize: a Huey Vineyard Queen Sleigh Bed courtesy of U.S. Furniture plus $100 gift card for bedding accessories!

Huck will announce the Grand Prize winner during DeDe In The Morning on Friday May 28th.

So be listening for your chance to win! Good Luck!

Be sure to check out U.S. Furniture‘s four Connecticut locations in Bridgeport, Orange, Waterbury and Newington.


Disney Concerts presents ‘Disney Princess’

Disney Concerts presents ‘Disney Princess’

Disney Concerts presents Disney Princess — The Concert, a nationwide tour kicking off November 1, 2021 at the City Auditorium in Macon, GA. “Be our guest” as an all-star quartet of Broadway and animated film icons, their magical Music Director and enchanting Prince celebrate all the Disney Princesses in an unforgettable evening of songs, animation, and stories. Presented by Pandora Jewelry, The Official Charm Bracelet of the Walt Disney World® Resort, tickets and VIP packages for this concert of a lifetime go on sale Friday, May 7 at 10:00am (across all U.S. time zones) at

Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford Friday, November 19 at 7pm.

Tickets on sale Friday May 7 at 10am at

The 85-city U.S. tour stars Tony®-nominee Susan Egan (‘Belle’ from Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast, ‘Meg’ from the animated feature film Hercules), two-time Tony-nominee Laura Osnes (‘Cinderella’ in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Grammy®-nominee Courtney Reed (‘Jasmine’ in Broadway’s Aladdin), and rising star Aisha Jackson (‘Anna’ in Broadway’s Frozen) during the first leg of the tour through December 2021. Beginning February 2022 and through the tour’s conclusion on April 16 at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA, the line-up will feature Drama Desk®-nominee Christy Altomare (‘Anastasia’ in Broadway’s Anastasia, Mamma Mia!), Susan Egan, Courtney Reed and BroadwayWorld Award-winner Syndee Winters (‘Nala’ in Broadway’s The Lion King, Hamilton). Music Director Benjamin Rauhala (Fiddler on the Roof, The Secret Life of Bees) and enchanting Prince Adam J. Levy (Waitress) will also join the featured quartets throughout the tour.

Fans are encouraged to dress up in their best royal attire for an unforgettable evening. Dreams will come true as these acclaimed performers sing over 30 favorite Disney Princess songs, and share their exclusive, hilarious and heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen. Larger than life animations and visuals accompanying the music will immerse the audience in pure Disney magic.

WYBC Mom of the Year: Crystal Lopes!

WYBC Mom of the Year: Crystal Lopes!

Crystal Lopes is our WYBC Mom of the Year!

She was nominated by her daughter Chyna because she is the best mom anyone can ask for! Crystal is loving, caring and very supportive of her children.

Crystal will receive a framed certificate, flowers and dinner for 2 at Kool Breeze Jamerican Cuisine Restaurant in New Haven!

Congratulations Crystal and Happy Mother’s Day!

This Day In Black History: May

This Day In Black History: May

WYBC celebrates Black History EVERYDAY!

Facts from


May 1

1867 – Howard University chartered.

1941 – Asa Philip Randolph issued 100,000 Blacks to march on Washington, D.C. to protest discrimination in the armed forces and war industries.

1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks, first Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize

1973 – Dr. Rameck R. Hunt was born on this day.


May 2

1962 –Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first basketball player to score 100 points in a game.

1922 – Library science professor and school media librarian Henrietta Smith was born today in New York, New York.

1920 – First game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis.

1844 – Elijah McCoy, inventor, held over 50 patents, born on this day.


May 3

1964 – Actor Frederick O’Neal became the first African American elected president of the Actors’ Equity Association on this date.

1921 – Walter Smith Junior – known as Sugar Ray Robinson – was born today in Alley, Georgia.


May 4

1961 – CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, DC to force desegregation of southern bus terminals

1996 – Astrophysicist Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson was appointed director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.


May 5

1985 – The Apollo theater, a historic venue in Harlem for black variety shows and a hub of social life in New York City, reopens for its 50th anniversary.

1905 – Robert S. Abbott published first issue of the newspaper “Chicago Defender


May 6

1787 – First Black Masonic Lodge founded Prince Hall in Boston.

1926 – Painter Edward Clark was born today on this date in New Orleans.

1967 – 400 students seized administration building at the Cheyney State College.


May 7

1946 – Emma Clarissa Clement became the first African American woman to be named “American Mother of the Year” by the Golden Rule Foundation.

1943 – The Liberty Ship George Washington Carver, named after the scientist, launched.

1885 – Dr. John E.W. Thompson, a graduated of the Yale Medical School, was named Minister to Haiti.

1700 – William Penn began monthly meetings for Blacks advocating emancipation


May 8

1945 – Germany surrendered on V-E day.

1925 – The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the trailblazing black labor union, was organized by A. Philip Randolph.

1969 – Carole Anne-Marie Gist, the first African American woman to win the Miss USA title was born today.


May 9

1800 –  John Brown, abolitionist, was born on this day.

1862 – General Hunter of the Union Army issued a proclamation freeing the slaves of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

1867 – Sojourner Truth delivers the Equal Rights Speech.


May 10

1950 – Jackie Robinson appears on the cover of Life magazine, becoming the first African American to be  featured on the cover of the magazine.

1950 – Charles “Chuck” Cooper became the first Black drafted into the NBA on this date by the Boston Celtics.


May 11

1956 – Deborah Sawyer, environmental entrepreneur, was born on this day.

1931 – Stage director Vernell Lillie was born on this day.

1854 – Dancer Martha Graham was born on this day.

1807-  Ira Aldridge,19th century Black actor, famous throughout the world, was born on this day.


May 12

1871 – Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Ky., following sit-in staged by a Black teenager

1940 – Jazz singer Al Jarreau was born on this day.

1947 – Civil rights activist and city alderman The Honorable Dorothy Tillman was born on this day.

1954 – Author and public relationships chief executive Terrie Williams was born on this day.


May 13

1914 – Joe Louis, world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-1949), was born on this day.

1966 – Singer Darius Rucker was born on this day.

1969 – James Charles Evers was elected to be the first African American mayor of a racially mixed town in Mississippi.


May 14

1885 – Musician Joseph “King” Oliver was born today.

1963 – Arthur Ashe became the first African American male selected to play for the U.S. Davis Cup Tennis team.


May 15

1946 – Camilla Williams became the first African American woman to sign a contract with a major American opera company.

1929 – Book publishing executive Bennett Johnson was born on this day.


May 16

1966 – Grammy award R & B singer Janet Jackson was born on this day.

1967 – It was declared Jan E. Matzeliger Day in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was honored for his shoe lasting machine, which was patented in 1880.

1990 – Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. dies on this day.


May 17

1915 – National Baptist Convention was chartered.

1956 – World boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard was born on this day.


May 18

1896 – U.S. Supreme Court decision Plessy V. Ferguson, which upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine.

1946 – MLB Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson was born on this day.


May 19

1925 – Malcom X, AKA Malcom Little, was born on this day.

1930 – Lorriane Hansberry was born on this day.


May 20

1970 – American rapper and actor Busta Rhymes (aka Trevor Tahiem Smith, JR.) was born today.

1952 – Actor and entertainer Lawrence Tero was born today.


May 21

1833 – Black students enroll in classes at Oberlin College in Ohio.

1972 – The Notorious B.I.G., known also as Biggie, was born on this day.


May 22

1966 – Bill Cosby became the first African American to receive an Emmy for best actor in a dramatic series for his role in I Spy.

1921 – Musicians and composers Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake’s musical “Shuffle Along,” opened on Broadway on this day.


May 23

1907 – Katie Booth, civic leader, was born on this day.

1954 – Anthony Johnson, physicist, was born on this day.


May 24

1854 – Lincoln University, the first Black college in the US, was founded on this day.

1944 – Patti LaBelle, R&B singer, was born on this day.

1983 – Reverend Jesse Jackson became the first African American to address a joint session of the United States Senate and House of Representatives on this day.


May 25

1949 – Novelist and essayist Jamaica Kincaid was born on this day. She has written novels such as “Annie John.”

1926 – Miles Davis, jazz composer and trumpet player, was born on this day.


May 26

1799 – Author Aleksandr Puskin was born on this day.

1961 – Freedom Ride Coordinating committee was established in Atlanta.


May 27

1936 – Corporate executive James B. Lockhart was born on this day.

1947 – James Johnson Jr., civil engineer was born on this day.

1935 – Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis was born on this day.


May 28

1944 – Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Gladys Knight was born on this day.

1910 – Electric blues guitarist and vocalist Aaron “T-Bone” Walker was born on this day.

1831 – Eliza Ann Gardner, underground railway conductor, born on this day.


May 29

1973 – Thomas Bradley, a seasoned councilman, was elected mayor of Los Angeles.

1865 – President Andrew Johnson announced his program of Reconstruction, which required ratification of the 13th amendment. The program did not guarantee black suffrage.


May 30

1903 – Poet Countee Cullen was born on this day in Baltimore.

1965 – Vivian Malone becomes the first African American graduates from the University of Alabama.


May 31

1909 – National Negro Committee (now NAACP) held first conference in New York

1961 – Judge Irving Kaufman ordered the board of education of New Rochelle to integrate schools.

1979 —  Zimbabwe was proclaimed independent.


94.3 WYBC Porter and Chester Institute Nurses Appreciation Month

94.3 WYBC Porter and Chester Institute Nurses Appreciation Month

All month long, we’re celebrating local nurses who have gone above and beyond. Nominate a nurse below and we might honor them on air to thank them for everything they do.

Thanks to Porter and Chester Institute