In 2002, Westminster School allowed faculty member Todd Eckerson to create a nonprofit (501c3) organization known then as the Crossroads Cooperative Learning Program (CCLP). In essence, Eckerson became a loaned administrator to this startup whose early goal was to help Hartford Public High School improve its graduation rate.
Roughly 10 years later Westminster brought Crossroads “in from the cold” and made it an official part of the Westminster program (with the qualifying provision that it remains responsible for raising the money it needs to run its outreach efforts). This new incarnation of the original organization was renamed the Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford (WCLP).
WCLP’s goals are embodied in its mission statement:
The Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford (WCLP) represents Westminster’s effort to expand its commitment to the common good by extending its core value of community into the Hartford public schools and beyond. Further, WCLP seeks to provide Westminster with ongoing partnerships that reveal the essential perspective of Hartford’s residents, especially its young people. Ultimately, WCLP seeks broad kinship.