About Us 

Concept for Adaptive Learning (CfAL) is a Connecticut non-profit organization focused on supporting educational outcomes for public school children and adults through technology programs.   Supported by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and other committed community members, the organization was founded and received its 501(c)(3) status in 2001.

The organization, with support from community and collaborative partners, continues today to provide technology-based programs to disadvantaged public school children, parents and adults living in impoverished neighborhoods throughout Connecticut.  Youth programs directly support children's education.  CfAL's adult training programs support workforce development and teach adults how to use technology to expand learning to the home. 


Since 2001, CfAL has impacted thousands of individuals, and has provided more than 4,000 free computers to low-income households. 

We close technology gaps that help close education gaps.

Our Mission

To increase the knowledge and use of technology of youth and adults preparing them sucess in an constantly changing digital society.

Our Vision

Our vision is that ALL households should have access to the technology that will help them succeed in school and career.

Having a computer and technology in the home for school and work is a necessity – not a luxury.  CfAL’s work to close the technology gap for New Haven students and families by providing:

  1.  basic computer training for parents and adults,

  2.  free computers to families that do not have a working computer    at home, and

  3.  programs that further digital learning.

Board of Directors

CfAL is lead by a group of experienced and dedicated Board Members.


Curtis is a Founding Board member. He has worked in the field of Information Technology for more than 30 years, in positions of increased responsibility. He has worked for Digital Equipment Corporation, acquired by Compaq Computer Corporation then Hewlett Packard Corporation, in software development, systems analysis, project and program management and customer service management. He has worked as a consultant to numerous Fortune 100 companies.

Curtis Hill

Founder, Board Member

Jim Mitchell

Board Chair, Governance Committee Chair

James is a Marketing Manager with Comcast, who has worked for Comcast in a variety of marketing and advertising positions with increased responsibility since 2002. His expertise in marketing and advertising, have helped support various organizations, specifically with brand strategy and the implementation of internal and external marketing campaigns.

DaShawn Robinson

Board Vice Chair, Programs Comittee Chair



Gary Smith

Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Gary is a Director at Marcum and  has more than 15 years of experience managing, conducting reviewing and analyzing financial information for various industries including healthcare, not-for-profit, governmental, pension plans and manufacturing and distribution.  Mr. Smith’s experience includes a combination of both private company and public accounting, including experience with a “Big 4” accounting firm.

Amy Bailey

Secretary Development, Fundraising Committee Chair


Sonila Bakiu

Board Member 

Sonila is currently the Manager of S&T Deleading and Construction Company. S&T Deleading and Construction is one of only a handful of construction companies in the state, which is 100 percent female owned and operated. The company is based in New Haven, CT, and has been performing successful renovation services for the City of New Haven and other cities since 2011.

Damaris Garcia

Board Chair, Governance & Fundraising Committee


Yasir Hamid

Board Member, Program Committee Member


Toni Harp

Board Member, Finance and Governance Committee

On January 1, 2014, Toni N. Harp was sworn in as the first female Mayor of the City of New Haven, CT. Prior to being the mayor, she was a State Senator serving ten terms as the Connecticut State Senator. As a State Senator, Toni Harp is recognized for her contributions to sound and progressive public policy.

Nick  Lavorato

Board Member, Governance Committee


Teja Shariff

Board Member, Finance Committee



Interested in joining us?

CfAL is looking for professionals and community members who want to help close the digital learning gap.  

Board Member and year-round volutneer positions are available!   Contact us to learn more!

Contact Us
Join us during the Great Give May 5-6 for a 36-hour giving event! 
Your donation can help us qualify for matching donations and prizes - helping us expand our reach to more families.
Financial support is used to refurbish more donated machines for families, as well as provide technology training for children and adults.

Cfal Donors & Sponsors

Thank you to the many donors and sponsors who have joined our efforts. 

Together, we can...and will...close the technology gap!

CfAL partners with local organizations, and can be found in these locations:

Newhallville Area:

The Literacy Resource Center

5 Science, Ste. 2C

New Haven, CT 06511

Fair Haven Area:

Farnam Community

162 Fillmore Street

New Haven, CT 06513

Want to connect? Call us at 475.227.3270.

CfAL is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3).  EIN: 06-1623641

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