Kelley Gordon-Minott is a native of Norwalk, CT and the director of teen programs at the Carver Center. She is truly passionate about working with youth of all ages—helping them discover hidden talents and strengths, providing academic and social support, and creating opportunities that allow them to acquire and develop skills that will enable success after high school.
Kelley earned a B.A. in English from the University of Tampa and a Master's in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University. She taught high school English for four years before making a shift and becoming the Director of Teen Programs for the Port Chester Carver Center. Kelley started working with children at the age of 13 at the Norwalk YMCA, where she worked for over 10 years. She also proudly served as the Varsity Cheerleading Coach at Norwalk High School, in Norwalk, CT for six seasons. In addition, she is a former board member and teacher for Infinite Potential, a non-profit organization that provides summer enrichment programs to underprivileged youth in Bridgeport, CT.
During the last six years at Carver, Kelley has revamped the teen center, increasing enrollment, programming offerings, and youth engagement. She is also the creator of the Carver Scholars Program, a subdivision of the traditional Teen Center, which provides participating Scholars with workshops, events, and opportunities in the four program pillars: personal growth, academic support, leadership and community service, and enrichment.
As the teen center continues to grow, so does Kelley’s commitment to and passion for the community it serves. With an ambitious outlook, Kelley is steadily working to increase college and career readiness opportunities for our teens. She is always striving to create meaningful learning opportunities for teens wherever and whenever possible. She hopes to inspire and motivate youth to not only dream big, but to develop the skills needed to make their dreams reality.