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Current Members

Achieve Hartford

Achieve Hartford

221 Main Street, Suite 3
Hartford, CT 06106

Achieve Hartford collaboratively identifies solutions that will address gaps in services, meet coalition priorities, and represent systemic interventions. Our ultimate result…increasing the number of Hartford students persisting and obtaining post-secondary credentials to 50% by 2025.


  • Summer Transition Program – We support high school seniors from spring of their senior year to the minute they begin college the following fall. While 95% of HPS graduates are accepted into college, only 60% enroll in the following year. To help first-generation students make the transition, college students provide near-peer outreach and guidance all summer long.
  • College Persistence Program – When HPS graduates are first-year students at Capital Community College and Manchester Community College, we offer upperclassmen mentors to help them navigate college with greater comfort and confidence, to guide them, answer questions and help them problem-solve. Mentors are urban high school grads who have overcome their own challenges to stay in college.

Blue Hills Civic Association

410 Homestead Avenue
Hartford, CT 06112

Blue Hills Civic Association’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYELP) provides paid training and internship placements for students aged 14-21. SYELP focuses on the development of employment and life skills including financial literacy, time management, and communication.

Participants receive focused career competency training, job-ready skills implementation and/or direct internship placement in a variety of career fields at companies throughout Greater Hartford.



Capital Region Education Council

111 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

The Capital Region Education Council (CREC), in collaboration with Manchester Community College, offers a comprehensive 60-hour course that prepares students for an entry-level position in a community hospital, long-term care setting, or pharmacy and is an excellent review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam. The pharmacy technician prepares medications under the direction of a pharmacist and may measure, mix, count, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications.

Capital Workforce Partners

Capital Workforce Partners

One Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103

As the state’s regional Workforce Development Board in North Central Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partnershelps individuals overcome barriers to employment and closes the gap between skills and business hiring needs. The organization is guided by a Consortium of the region’s chief and elected officials and by representatives from business, education, and labor serving on its Board of Directors.

Capital Workforce Partners invests in youth development, develops sustainable career paths for adult workers, and assists employers with a variety of programs and services provided through the American Job Center network.

Capital Workforce Partners is proudly supported by many funders and partners.

Center for Latino Progress

95-97 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Want to learn how to build a bike? A multi-class bicycle course for youth and teens between ages 14-19. Class sizes will be between 8-12 youth and include:

  • Classroom instruction
    • Bicycling science, physics, and engineering concepts
    • Environmental impact of transportation
    • Safe and confident cycling – Curriculum for youth from the League of American Cyclists
    • Hartford bicycle history – Albert Pope and the Columbia Bicycle Company
    • Cultural significance and bike culture in the Latino community
  • Basic bicycle repair skills – Change a flat tire, lubrication, brake adjustment, ABC Quick Check
  • Parking lot bicycle skill drills – Handling, stopping, avoidance maneuvers

Interested in a summer job experience? Summer jobs provide an opportunity to learn important life skills. Earning money helps teach budgeting, while working in a business environment teaches teamwork, problem solving, and communication skills. Studies show that summer employment improves academic performance, especially among lower-income teens.

City of Hartford Youth Services Bureau

City of Hartford

550 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

With a specific focus on coordination, accountability, capacity building, and strategic partnerships, the Division for Youth Services supports, convenes, strategizes, and collaborates with community partners and stakeholders to ensure that Hartford’s youth, ages nine to 25, have quality opportunities to develop the competencies critical to academic success and workforce development, while also disrupting the pipeline of Youth Justice. As Hartford’s Youth Service Bureau (YSB), the Division for Youth Services is part of the Connecticut Youth Services Association’s (CYSA) network of YSBs dedicated to promoting the well-being of the community’s children, youth, and families.

Community Renewal Team

Community Renewal Team

555 Windsor Street
Hartford, CT 06120

Community Renewal Team (CRT) invites you to explore your potential future career in the Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program.

The Community Renewal Team Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program (SYELP), provided in partnership with Capital Workforce Partners, wants to give you a meaningful summer employment experience! The SYELP is a work and learn program designed to provide participants with career development skills through experience in work placement. This program operates for five weeks in July and August each summer.

Forge City Works

227 Lawrence Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Forge City Works (FCW) is a non-profit organization that provides on-the-job Culinary and Customer Service Job Training in the FCW cafe for Hartford residents 18 and older with barriers to employment.

FCW provides opportunities to learn culinary and customer service skills, soft skills, resume development, financial literacy, interview preparation, and internship / employment opportunities. FCW provides referrals for case management when needed. Upon completion, participants will have their ServSafe Food Handler Certificate. This is a paid 12-week training program Monday-Friday, 20-30 hours a week at minimum wage.

Goodwin University

Goodwin University

One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118

Mechatronics – Combine mechanical, electrical, computer, and software skills to prepare for positions operating and maintaining electromechanical, computer-controlled systems and learn automation and robotics. 36 credits / 30 weeks.

CNC Machining, Metrology, and Manufacturing Technology – Learn the essential skills needed to succeed as a CNC machinist through coordinated classrooms and extensive hands-on labs. This puts you in control of making some of the most important parts and products in use today. Be a Maker! 37 credits / 21 weeks.

Welding Technology – This program covers more than just putting metal together: Learn welding safety and fabrication to common welding methods including shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux core arc welding, and thermal cutting. 24 credits / 30 weeks.

Quality and Manufacturing Inspections – students learn about critical quality assurance and inspections in 21st century modern manufacturing. 18 credits / 15 weeks.

Hartford Job Corps

Hartford Job Corps

100 William “Shorty” Campbell Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Hartford Job Corps offers:

  • Healthcare: Clinical Medical Assistance
  • Training
  • Finance/Business: Insurance and Financial
  • Services/Customer Service/Insurance
  • Training
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Manufacturing
  • Technology Training

Hartford Job Corps can help you with the following:

  • Earn Your high school diploma or the equivalent
  • Meet with Career Counselors
  • Take community college classes while living on center
  • Participate in Work-Based Learning experiences
Hartford Public Schools

Hartford Public Schools

330 Wethersfield Avenue, 4th Floor
Hartford, CT 06114

Educating Hartford’s children is too important a job for schools to do by themselves. We consider families to be full partners in their child’s education. Hartford Public Schools provides easy access for parents, students, families, employees, and citizens to get information, voice concerns, and resolve issues. We provide all the information you need – pointing you in the right direction for everything from your child’s transportation, to early childhood education, health-services, uniforms, and even your own education.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement

70 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people for future economic success.

JA of Southwest New England runs in and out of school programs for HS students to learn about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness.


  • Career Connections for Young Women: 11-week spring program for young women and gender non-conforming students to learn real world skills.
  • Entrepreneurial Academy: 15-week program where young adults meet after school to create a company, sell their good or service, and liquidate. Mentors provided by Stanley Black & Decker, The Hartford, and Pratt & Whitney.
  • Jr. Apprentice: A weekly program focused on developing work-readiness skills along with learning financial literacy taught by professional and community mentors. Paid 60-hour internship part of the program.
  • JA Steps to Success: A new virtual after-school program, where each cohort focuses on one main topic: financial literacy, entrepreneurship, or career-readiness.

Our Piece of the Pie

20-28 Sargeant Street
Hartford, CT 06105

Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) is committed to empowering youth to succeed in education and employment and serves youth ages 14-24 in Greater Hartford. Each young person that enrolls into OPP services is placed with a member of our caring staff and receives skills in personal development, academics, and workforce readiness.

Workforce Readiness:

  • OPP believes young people need the skills to earn and grow
  • Learn how to get and keep a job
  • Service-learning projects
  • Internships
  • Job Placement

OPP’s Workforce Readiness program offers support in receiving certifications in: Allied Health (Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, CAN & EKG, Emergency Medical Training/EMT); Manufacturing (CNC Mechanic, Welding, Fabrication); Transportation (Flagger, Forklift, CDL License), and offers assistance in Continued Education (tutoring support, internship opportunities, and personal development).

Ready CT


350 Church Street, 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

ReadyCT, committed to advancing academic excellence and career-connected learning for our students, pursues policy opportunities and education program delivery in support of student achievement, with a focus on low-income and minority students whose academic performance traditionally trails their more affluent peers. We continue to explore ways to close that gap while also reshaping the definition of success for all students in ways that keep pace with our modern world.

Real Art Ways

Real Art Ways

56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Real Art Ways is an arts non-profit in Hartford, CT committed to equity, access, and creating connections among people.

Programs Offered:

  • Eye On Video – This is a six week filmmaking program for 16-20 year old residents of the Greater Hartford area. Each apprentice will make their own film (from brainstorming and scriptwriting to filming and editing). Includes a weekly paid stipend.
  • Real Apprenticeship – Each year, Real Art Ways hires 2-6 Hartford youth (ages 14-18) to work on projects from all of our program areas including administration, marketing, visual arts, cinema and education. They take part in staff meetings, assist with public events and help to guide our teen programming. This is a paid position, apprentices will earn an hourly wage.
Travelers EDGE Program

Travelers EDGE Program

One Tower Square
Hartford, CT 06183

Travelers EDGE® (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment), launched in 2007, is a rewarding program that strives to increase the pipeline of diverse students that enter and graduate college and go on to launch their careers in the insurance and financial services industry. This program will provide you with access to career exploration, speakers, internships, internship simulations, and job shadows and the opportunity to apply to the college-level program upon high school graduation.

United Way

United Way of Northeastern CT

30 Laurel Street, Suite 1
Hartford, CT 06106

Our communities, region, and world look different than anyone could have imagined a few years ago. It is no exaggeration to say that the most vulnerable – anyone who was barely getting by before – is struggling now more than ever.

United Way is stepping up to respond, as we have for nearly 100 years. We are ensuring that people’s immediate needs are met while also finding solutions to long-term challenges.

Together, we can help children succeed academically and families achieve financial security. Together, we can make life better for those who need support the most right now and ensure equitable outcomes for all. That is what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Urban League of Greater Hartford

Urban League of Greater Hartford

140 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105

Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. (ULGH) is a community based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3). Urban League provides programs and services in the areas of: Adult Education; Youth Development; Workforce Development and Training; Economic Empowerment; and Health and Wellness.

URISE Ventures

URISE Ventures

1229 Albany Avenue
Hartford, CT 06112

URISE’s Up Your Hustle can bring you one step closer to that dream!

We provide Opportunity Youth ages 16 to 24 with the knowledge, skills, supports and resources they need to turn their hobby or side hustle into a microbusiness.

Aspiring creators, artists, changemakers and innovator create a basic one-page marketing, operating, management and financial plans, then present it in a “Shark-Tank style” presentation at the end of the 8-week program (total of 16 sessions). Eligible students also receive start-up money upon successful completion.



135 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06105

The Young Women’s Leadership Corps (YWLC) is a proven youth development and leadership model that engages students and families in informative and experiential learning activities that are safe and fun. The program provides critical lessons in leadership development, life skills, financial literacy, college preparation, and career discovery.

YWLC Summer Institute – This program brings together teen girls ages 13-18 from Greater Hartford to develop and master leadership, advocacy, and civic engagement skills. The 5-week program focuses each week’s four-daylong sessions and activities on themed topics that help participants achieve their goals and build their skills, preparing them for college and career. YWLC Summer Institute infuses critical skill-building and personal development with activities fostering creativity, reading and writing, physical movement, personal relationships, and celebrations of success and growth. Activities for the YWLC Summer Institute are created to intentionally engage young women in skills-building and advocacy while also enjoying their break from school.

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