A Better Chance of Westport provides life-changing educational opportunities to academically gifted and highly motivated young men of color.

Since 2002, A Better Chance of Westport has been giving motivated, outstanding minority youth, the opportunity to achieve their dreams through education. With the support of their families, our scholars apply to this life-changing program in the hope of achieving a better future. It is our belief that these young men, through their experiences while attending Staples High School, one of Connecticut’s and the nation’s top performing high schools, and in their involvement with the Westport community, will become successful members of society, capable of leading the way not only for themselves but also for others who will follow.

Our Goals:

  • Provide opportunity to a select group of young minority scholars to live in the Westport community and to study in Westport’s outstanding public high school
  • Develop those scholars into future leaders at the collegiate, professional and community levels
  • Increase diversity in the Westport community
  • Involve the scholars in various aspects of community life (volunteering, community events, host family program)

About Us


Thomas Jones (SHS ‘16)

Growing up as one of ten siblings, I always understood the importance of taking advantage of any and every opportunity. At fourteen joining A Better Chance of Westport was one of the easiest decisions I ever made. My life since then has seen nothing but endless personal, mental and emotional growth helped by the tremendous support I received from everyone involved with A Better Chance of Westport. I have become strong in ways I never could have imagined. – Thomas Jones, Jr., SHS ’16 Marist ’20