Kelonda comes to Horizons at Foote with nine years of experience empowering New Haven and Bridgeport youth through her work with Achievement First, Squash Haven and, most recently, as the Director of High School and College Programs for Horizons at Greens Farms Academy (GFA). At GFA, she piloted the College Success Program and led Horizons at GFA high school and college students on a path to academic success.
She believes in the power of education as a stepping stone to greater opportunities and self-growth. Kelonda sees her position as the new Executive Director at Horizons as a culmination of her experiences and her determination to work toward equity in education for underserved students. Kelonda has a B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology and holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of New Haven.
Children swim every day during the six-week Horizons at Foote program, building confidence that carries beyond the pool and into the classroom.