Richard Mutts has worked to improve the educational, social and health outcomes of young children as an educator in Connecticut for over a decade. Currently, he is the Program Coordinator for the Meriden Children First Initiative (CFI), which supports the health, development and early learning of children and provides support and advocacy services for their families in Meriden, CT. CFI works with a variety of community partners to sponsor parent leadership trainings, publish useful research and information, and connect families with community resources in order to help ensure the success of children and their families from “cradle to career.” As Program Coordinator, Richard recruits parents in Meriden Public Schools and teaches them about school system infrastructure and how they can insert their voices into district decision-making on behalf of their children.
Prior to joining CFI, Richard served as a prevention specialist with the Riverside Educational Academy and Conte West Hill Magnet School guidance departments. In this role, Richard mentored middle and high school students living in the inner city to help guide them through their education as a positive role model. Richard also has experience working in special education for students with behavioral needs as part of Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull, CT.
Richard has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Services from University of Connecticut. He is also a certified University of Connecticut People Empowering People (PEP) facilitator, a personal and family development program designed to build on the unique strengths and life experiences of teen and young adults and emphasizing the connection between individual and community action. In addition, Richard also has 10 years’ experience as a boxing fitness coach.