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Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program (SYELP)

The purpose of SYELP is to expose and connect youth ages 14-24 to career pathways through paid work-based learning in order to build a talent pipeline that meets employer needs. The program intent is to provide youth with career competency development and work readiness training combined with real-world experiences aligned to their interests. Work Based Learning supports and supplements academic learning and promotes development of transferable skills that will serve participants well as they transition into the professional world. SYELP is structured in Tiers.

Project-Based (Tier I): Programming designed to provide project-based learning and career exploration opportunities. Tier I programming provides basic, developmentally appropriate career exposure activities, introduction to employability skills, and academic reinforcement in a cohort-model setting. Tier I programming is best suited for younger youth ages 14 to 15 who have little to no experience with work.

Career Preparation (Tier II): Tier II programming offers career readiness training through career exploration and paid work experience hosted by a supportive employer. Youth are also supported by a provider staff member throughout their worksite experience. Tier II programming is designed, and best suited for youth ages 15-17 who require additional career readiness training.

Career Bridging (Tier III): Tier III programming is designed for youth who are career-ready and able to work mostly independently in a public or private work setting. Tier III youth have access to provider support throughout their worksite experience. Tier III programming is best suited for 16–24-year-old youth who have prior work experience.

Supports Available Through Program: Bus Passes

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Angelica Heron

Manager of Youth Services

Location Address
Blue Hills Civic Association 1229 Albany Avenue, Suite 306, Hartford, CT 06112
Hartford Public Library 500 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103
Our Piece of the Pie 20-28 Sargeant St, Hartford, CT 06105 ·
YWCA Hartford 135 Broad St, Hartford, CT 06105
Center For Latino Progress 95 Park St, Hartford, CT 06106
Community Renewal Team 555 Windsor St, Hartford, CT 06120

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Internship (Paid)

Length of Program: 5-6 Weeks

Target Population: Age - < 17, Age - 17-24, Age - 18 and over, Justice-Involved Youth, Gender - Male, Gender - Female, Gender - Other

Eligibility Requirements: Age < 17, Age 17-24, Age - 18 and over

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident

Service Type: Individual Service Strategy

Sector: Healthcare, Culinary, Construction

Enrollment Frequency: Yearly: End of Feb until June

Schedule (When is your program offered?): Yearly: 6 weeks in the summer

Emergency Service?: No

Capital Workforce Partners

Career ConneCT Manufacturing Programs

The Career ConneCT grant is Connecticut State’s workforce initiative to skill, upskill and re-skill CT residents for entry into the manufacturing industry. Capital Workforce Partners is the lead Regional Workforce Development Organization in each of the 37 cities and towns in North Central Connecticut. CWP provides certified training to participants and connects them with the right employers to provide good jobs that provide livable wages.

CWP is offering the following training programs:

Introduction to Machine Technology @ Asnuntuck campus

This 280-hour training will cover an introduction to the following machine technology curriculum: Basic Blueprint Reading including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T); common measuring tools, perform basic layout functions; operate drill press, band saw, cutoff saw, belt sander, and pedestal grinders; basic milling and lathe operations; Manufacturing Shop Math; Safety in the Workplace; and Introduction to CNC Machining.

 

Intro to Manufacturing @ Capital campus

This 200-hour training program provides students with the basic skills necessary to begin a career in manufacturing. Students receive hands-on instruction with CNC and manual machines, shop math, metrology, and blueprint reading. Graduates earn an OSHA 10 Certification, Six Sigma White Belt Certification, and an Intro to Manufacturing Certificate. Employment assistance is provided for qualified students who complete the program.

Supports Available Through Program: Referral to rental assistance if eligible, weekly stipend while in training and other supportive services.

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Debbie Diaz

Career Advisor Manager

Location Address
CT State Asnuntuck 70 Elm St, Enfield, CT 06082
CT State Capital Community College 950 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Certificate - Educational, Certificate - Industry/Sector-Based, Employment

Length of Program: 7-8 Weeks

Target Population: Age - 17-24, Age - 18 and over, Age - 25 and older, Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth

Eligibility Requirements: Other

Eligibility Requirements Other: Must consent to background check, Must pass a drug test , Must pass an assessment

Service Type: Job Development and Support, Occupational Skills Training

Sector: Manufacturing

Enrollment Frequency: Continuing for 2024

Schedule (When is your program offered?): Continuing for 2024

Emergency Service?: No

Capital Workforce Partners – BEST Chance/Jobs Funnel Programs

BEST Chance/Jobs Funnel Programs

The BEST Chance program provides pre-employment occupational skills training and job placement assistance for ex-offenders in carpentry, construction, culinary arts, pre-manufacturing and other related careers.

Training in Carpentry offers comprehensive curriculum that covers tool recognition, proper hand and power tool use, critical path of residential deconstruction, sheet rock repair, roofing, painting, and taping, tiling, framing, sheet rock installation, window installation, woodworking, and more. Students are trained in a modern Woodworking shop located on the first floor of Veeder Place and are welcomed on job sites to observe and assist in the Academy’s projects.

All participants are strongly advised to complete the Fundamentals of Construction training before or while enrolled in the Carpentry program to ensure employment after training.

The Fundamentals of Construction training is a one-week course that provides stackable credentials necessary for a successful career in construction. In five days students may obtain certifications in OSHA 10, Scaffolding, Confined Space, Forklift, Fire Watch and Traffic Flagger.

The Culinary program provides practical kitchen skills training along with a ServSafe Manager and Food Handler certifications. The student experience starts with food preparation and culminates with I-Best curriculum training to obtain the aforementioned required credentials.

The introductory Pre-Manufacturing training provides both conceptual and practical applications of processes, materials and products in the manufacturing industry. Students are taking college level courses in Metrology, Blueprint reading, and Manufacturing Math, and are mentored and trained by industry experts and tutored by the I-BEST contextualized approved education providers.

The BEST Chance/Jobs Funnel program also offers pre-employment job readiness, career planning, job search, resume preparation, placement and job retention services to all enrolled participants.

Through varied means of funding, the BEST Chance program also serves Justice-Involved youth (ages 18-24), and citizens who live in the Greater Hartford Area who are not justice-involved but are interested in the construction industry. The Jobs Funnel initiative was started in 2016 to expand construction learning and job opportunities to inner city residents with minimal access to the construction projects happening right in the city.

Housed at the Historic Veeder Place building on Sargeant Street, our suite of services builds upon a legacy of offering free training, paid work experience through stipends, case management, and supportive services to eligible participants in the Greater Hartford community.

Interested participants must attend orientations at the BEST Chance office on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am. No appointment is required, Walk-ins are welcome.

 

Supports Available Through Program: Linkages to community services, Assistance with transportation, Assistance with childcare and dependent care, Assistance with housing, Assistance with educational testing, Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, Legal aid services, Referrals to health care, Assistance with uniforms or other appropriate work attire and work-related tools, including such items as eyeglasses and protective eye gear, Assistance with books, fees, school supplies, and other necessary items for students enrolled in postsecondary education classes, Payments and fees for employment and training-related applications, tests, and certification

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Tahari Austin

Re-entry Programs Manager

Tahari Austin’s passion for serving people is the driving force that guides her in her current role as Program Manager for the BEST Chance Partnership Program of Capital Workforce Partners. Tahari leads and manages the Best Chance Partnership, which is an Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) Program for individuals who have been involved in the justice system supported by fourteen area agencies and launched as part of the Governor’s “Second Chance Society”. A Hartford native, Tahari graduated from Saint Joseph University in West Hartford in 2004, and completed her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Albertus Magnus College of New Haven in 2022. Tahari has spent the last 30+ years of her life giving back to the urban community she was raised in. Whether it's leading a team of managers or standing on the front lines of a client facing office, Tahari thoroughly enjoys being a support and resource for those in need.

Location Address
20-28 Sargeant Street, Suite 310 3RD Floor, Hartford, CT 06105

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Work-Based Learning / On-the-Job Training (Paid), Work-Based Learning / On-the-Job Training (Unpaid), Certificate - Industry/Sector-Based, Apprenticeship, Employment

Length of Program: Credentials and employment support can obtained within three (3) to six (6) months. Job Retention and Supportive services may continue for an additional 90 days following employment. Participants with criminal convictions will be referred to the Free to Succeed program where they may receive two years of additional job retention and basic needs support from workforce professionals.

Target Population: Age - 18 and over, Age - 25 and older, Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth

Eligibility Requirements: Age - 18 and over, Age - 25 and older, Target Population - Returning Citizens, Target Population - Justice-Involved Youth, Other

Eligibility Requirements Other: Must have been formerly incarcerated with no prior sex-related offenses; Must pass a test which includes math and reading; High school diploma or GED required; Individuals in need of pre-employment training and job placement assistance

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident, Greater Hartford Region, Blue Hills, Northeast, North Meadows, West End, Upper Albany, Clay Arsenal, Asylum Hill, Downtown, Parkville, Frog Hollow, South Green, Sheldon Charter Oaks, Behind the Rocks, Barry Square, South Meadows, Southwest, South End

Service Type: Career Competency Training, Follow-up Services, Job Development and Support, Occupational Skills Training

Sector: Manufacturing, Culinary, Construction

Enrollment Frequency: Rolling admission throughout the year.

Schedule (When is your program offered?): 8 am – 4 pm daily

Emergency Service?: No

Center for Latino Progress

Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program

The Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program is a 6–8-week youth employment program where participants construct and improve employability skills. SYELP serves youth 14-24 living in the North Central Region. Youth are provided with the opportunity of exploring career pathways based on their interests, while also developing their social, civics and leadership skills. Wages are determined based on age, experience and job readinessParticipants can work up to 120 hours and are categorized in 3 areas:

Tier 1 – Project based and career competencies.

Tier 2- Employment based and career competencies.

Tier3- Work experience

Tier 3- Employment and some career exploration classes.

Supports Available Through Program: Technology resources and temporary transportation.

WBLN Member: Yes

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Milagros González

Program Facilitator

Location Address
95 Park St. 2nd Fl. Hartford, CT 06106

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Internship (Paid), Employment

Length of Program: The SYELP Program lasts 6-8 weeks. Participants are assigned 120 hours to work and train.

Target Population: Other

Eligibility Requirements: Age < 17, Age 17-24

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident, Northeast, Frog Hollow, South Green, Sheldon Charter Oaks

Service Type: Career Competency Training, Financial Literacy Education, Guidance and Counseling, Individual Service Strategy, Integrated Education and Training, Job Development and Support, Leadership Development, Work experience

Sector: Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Transportation / Distribution / Logistics, Culinary, Construction

Enrollment Frequency: Applicants complete an application on the system, get contacted by Center for Latino Progress and offer an intake appointment to complete an interview. Applications can be submitted between the end of Feb until June

Schedule (When is your program offered?): 6-8 weeks in the summer. Most employment opportunities run from 9:00-6:00pm

Emergency Service?: No

Center for Latino Progress

UNITY Programs

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The Youth in UNITY programs are enrichment programs offered for Bulkeley High School students specifically, in grades 9 through 12. The programs’ goal is to help families and students recover from the impact of the pandemic by providing enrichment programs and support services. Programs are provided within an after-school setting at the Center for Latino Progress 95 Park St. 2nd Floor.

For this Spring 2024 we are offering the following programs:

Explore Theater

Youth learn about careers in theater, including acting techniques, playwriting, marketing, technical design and more! Participants receive a stipend.

Earn a Bike

Students learn basic bicycle mechanics and safety. Participants receive a stipend, and work on a bike they get to keep, along with a free helmet, lock and safety light.

Customer Service

Participants learn about the retail industry, get trained on Customer Service and Sales, leading to a national certification. Job readiness discussions.  Participants receive a stipend and must be 16 and older.

Food Justice and Entrepreneurship

Participants explore solving food justice issues through creative business endeavors and becoming their own boss. Participants receive a stipend.

Program participation is measured by the number of hours required to complete each program. Next recruitment efforts will be for August-September 2024

Supports Available Through Program: Snacks and transportation

WBLN Member: Yes

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Milagros González

Program Facilitator

Location Address
95 Park St. 2nd Fl. Hartford, CT 06106

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Exploration

Badges/Credentials Offered: Mentoring / Guidance, Certificate - Industry/Sector-Based, Other

Other Badges/Credentials Offered: Resume writing and interviewing skills

Length of Program: 15 weeks, 90 hours.

Target Population: In-school Youth, Other

Eligibility Requirements: Target Population - In-School Youth, Other

Eligibility Requirements Other: Target population Bulkeley High School students, 9th trough 12 grade

Service Type: Career Competency Training, Guidance and Counseling, Integrated Education and Training, Job Development and Support, Leadership Development, Occupational Skills Training

Enrollment Frequency: Enrollment happens twice through the academic year

Schedule (When is your program offered?): 4:00-6:00 twice a week

Capacity for Each Implementation (Target Number): 59

Emergency Service?: No

COMPASS Youth Collaborative

COMPASS Peacebuilder

COMPASS Youth Collaborative interrupts violence in the City of Hartford by building transformative relationships with youth at the center of the violence.  COMPASS Peacebuilders provide youth tools to create sustained behavior change and transition successfully to adulthood.

Who We  Serve

  • Youth 16-20 years old (at enrolment)
  • Youth who show risk factors of gang association.
  • Youth exposed to violence may be a victim or a driver (victims of violence are 59% more likely to become drivers of violence).
  • Possession of a weapon or criminal involvement
  • Some are street-involved, though still connected to school, but are not engaged or on track to graduate high school
  • Youth that are juvenile justice-involved
  • Youth deeply engaged in risky behavior and are well-known by police and probation
  • 89% of the youth we serve have lost a family member or close friend to gun violence
  • All of our youth suffer from trauma

COMPASS Youth Collaborative helps Hartford’s most disconnected youth navigate the barriers that keep them from succeeding in education, employment, and life.

Young adulthood, between the ages of 16 to 24, is a period of transition.  Most young people enter this stage dependent on individuals and systems to meet their basic needs, provide guidance and emotional support, and help them transition into productive adults.

Youths living surrounded by violence are in a constant “survival brain” state.  The brain is highjacked and ready to respond to threats against their life; therefore, they cannot learn, think, grow, or make sound decisions.   The prefrontal cortex and executive function are not able to work or be developed appropriately.

The transition to successful adulthood can be challenging for those without essential support and living in a constant flight state.  Add the effects of trauma, inability to trust others, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and anger, the transition to successful adulthood becomes a road full of barriers.

COMPASS Peacebuilders create transformative relationships to help youth overcome the barriers keeping them from successfully transitioning to adulthood.  Peacebuilders become the stable adult youth need to guide them through this transitional stage.  Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy delivered during one-on-one case management and in small groups, Peacebuilders teach life skills that change the trajectory of youth’s lives.

Program Components

COMPASS works with youth, giving them the tools they need to succeed in education, employment, and life.  We embed Cognitive Behavior Theory in everything we do.

Supporting Youth’s Mental Health

Using Cognitive Behavior Theory, our staff works with youth to help them understand the relationship between how they feel and what they do.  Our Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Peacebuilders provide life-saving skills, helping youth slow down, stop, and focus on what’s in front of them so they can make better decisions.

Responding to Crises and Canvassing Neighborhoods

Peacebuilders canvas the streets, connecting with young people and building trusting relationships.  During times of crisis, we work in the community to deescalate the tension and build peace.

We are the only community-based violence interruption program in Hartford.

Reconnect Youth to Education

Our Education Specialists work with youth, reconnecting them to education, whether in traditional classrooms, earning their GED, or obtaining licensures and attending trade schools

Preparing Youth for Employment

Youth work with Job Specialists who provide basic employment training (soft skills, time management) and financial literacy education.   We give youth a safe place to fail, learn from their failure, and try again.

COMPASS’s Training for Employment Program is designed for youth who are not ready for traditional job placement programs;

  • TEP Job Specialists provide youth with the essential professional skills they need to succeed in employment.
  • Cognitive Behavior Theory skills are embedded in TEP, helping youth better understand the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and actions.
  • COMPASS provided youth with a safe place to learn new skills, practice those skills, fail, learn from their failures, and try again.

TEP Components:

    • Four Days at Worksite
      • Joan C. Dauber Food Pantry
      • The Brooks Token Inc
    • One Day in the Classroom
      • Learn new CBT Skills
      • Build Resume
      • Practice Interview Skills

Hospital Violence Intervention Program

Trauma experts know It takes more than just medical intervention to treat young people injured by community violence.  They also know that the best time to improve lives and reduce retaliation and recidivism is during the “golden hour” when a patient arrives in the emergency room.

COMPASS’s Crisis Response Program is designed to meet victims of community violence during that “golden hour” at the bedside in the emergency room.  Using a trauma-informed approach, our team advocates for victims of violence and their families while in the hospital.

Upon discharge, the team works with the youth and their families to develop a plan that meets their safety needs and provides case management and physical and emotional healing services.

COMPASS is proud to be a member of HAVI, The National Health Alliance for Violence Intervention.  Hospital Intervention Programs promote survivors’ physical and emotional recovery.

Supports Available Through Program: One on One case Management Life skills Mental Health Support Training for Employment Program Reconnecting to Education Cognitive Behavior Theory Basic needs, food, toiletries and basic clothing

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Elizabeth Giannetta Ramos

Program Director

As Program Director, Liz is responsible for all aspects of programming and is an integral strategy team member, driving the organization’s overall programmatic strategy. Liz’s deep understanding of the organization’s theory of change allows her to design and implement dynamic programs that change the trajectory of youth’s lives. Liz was born and raised in Hartford. At 15, Liz was challenged “to do something about the kids in the neighborhood,” so she did. In 1995, during the height of Hartford’s gang wars, Liz co-founded The Southend Knightriders Youth Center, which later became COMPASS Youth Collaborative. She used her advocacy skills to build a space for young people during a violent era in her city. Since then, she has never stopped advocating for the youth in her 2020 Liz was recognized by SINA, receiving the SINA Neighborhood Service Award for her work in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. She also received the Humanitarian Award from Goodwin College.

Location Address
55 Airport Rd, Hartford, CT 06114

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Awareness

Badges/Credentials Offered: Certificate - Educational, Certificate - Industry/Sector-Based, Certificate - Other

Length of Program: COMPASS Peacebuilders is a four-year program.

Target Population: In-school Youth, Out-of-School Youth (OY), Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth, Hartford Resident, Other

Eligibility Requirements: Target Population - In-School Youth, Target Population - Out-of-School Youth (OY), Target Population - Returning Citizens, Target Population - Justice-Involved Youth, Target Population - Hartford Resident, Other

Eligibility Requirements Other: Age 16-20 upon enrollment

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident

Service Type: Career Competency Training, Financial Literacy Education, Guidance and Counseling, Individual Service Strategy, Integrated Education and Training, Job Development and Support, Work experience

Enrollment Frequency: Ongoing

Schedule (When is your program offered?): Year Round

Capacity for Each Implementation (Target Number): 200

Emergency Service?: Yes

Connecticut Data Collaborative

Hartford Youth Data Fellowship

The Hartford Youth Data Fellowship is a program for Hartford youth ages 17-24 that provides them with the tools and experience they need to engage and analyze data about their communities. The program is managed by the nonprofit CT Data Collaborative through the Hartford Data Collaborative (HDC), a network of Hartford area non-profit organizations, government agencies, and philanthropic partners that facilitates data sharing and integration among its partners.

HDC partners with schools and youth-serving organizations in Hartford to recruit youth to participate in a five-month after-school program with workshops about data literacy, analysis, and visualizations. Youth serve as co-researchers and share their experiences growing up in Hartford and its impact on their development in their data insights. The fellowship program addresses a need for increased data literacy among residents, provides Hartford youth with career development opportunities, and allows them to create a data project that can be part of their resume or portfolio. The program culminates in a Data Walk where community members and city leaders engage in local data and data sharing efforts and hear the insights of Hartford youth.

The 2024 program will end in early June 2024, with recruiting for the 2025 cohort starting in October.

Supports Available Through Program: We provide stipend payments, bus passes, computer/device to use for work projects.

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Kate Eikel

Director

Kate Bittinger Eikel is the Data Integration Strategist for the Hartford Data Collaborative, a project housed at the Connecticut Data Collaborative. She manages several data projects that seek to link data about Hartford residents focused on understanding children and youth engagement, youth violence prevention, adults returning from incarceration, and families living in the North End Promise Zone. In addition, Kate serves as the director of the Hartford Youth Data Fellowship program, a program she developed that recruits and trains Hartford youth ages 17-24 in data analysis skills to serve as co-researchers on local community data projects. Kate’s background includes evaluating federal programs and policies for Congress as a senior research analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Kate has a Bachelor of History degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago- Harris School of Public Policy.

Location Address
Late January through early June, annually

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Exploration

Badges/Credentials Offered: Mentoring / Guidance, Internship (Paid)

Length of Program: 5 months

Target Population: Age - 17-24

Eligibility Requirements: Age 17-24, Target Population - In-School Youth, Target Population - Hartford Resident

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident, Blue Hills, Northeast, North Meadows, West End, Upper Albany, Clay Arsenal, Asylum Hill, Downtown, Parkville, Frog Hollow, South Green, Sheldon Charter Oaks, Behind the Rocks, Barry Square, South Meadows, Southwest, South End

Service Type: Career Competency Training, Work experience

Sector: Information Technology

Enrollment Frequency: Once a year

Schedule (When is your program offered?): Late January through early June, annually

Capacity for Each Implementation (Target Number): 10

Emergency Service?: No

CT State – Capital

CT STATE CAPITAL

CT State Capital is located in the heart of Hartford, CT. We are one of 12 campuses of CT State Community College. We offer both credit and noncredit career-focused certificates and degree programs that are designed to get you employed in the field upon completion of the program. Whether it’s a Nurse Aide Certification (CNA) noncredit certificate, a 1-year certificate in Cybersecurity or Accounting or a 2-year degree in Nursing or Construction Management, these programs will have you employed in high paying, in demand job fields. CT State Capital brings together dedicated faculty, staff, and expertise to assure that you succeed, whether you are seeking your first job, a better job, or furthering your career.

Supports Available Through Program: Equity Center, pantry, tutoring, transportation, mental health, and career guidance.

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Odile Dilone

Campus Director of Workforce Development

Location Address
CT State Capital, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT, 06103

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Marketing Materials Downloads:

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Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Internship (Paid), Internship (Unpaid), Certificate - Educational, Certificate - Industry/Sector-Based, Certificate - Other, Apprenticeship, Degree - Associates

Length of Program: Varies

Target Population: Age - 17-24, Age - 18 and over, Age - 25 and older, In-school Youth, Out-of-School Youth (OY), Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth, Non-Citizens, Hartford Resident, Homeless and Housing Insecurity, Gender - Male, Gender - Female, LGBTQIA

Eligibility Requirements: Age 17-24, Age - 18 and over, Age - 25 and older, Target Population - In-School Youth, Target Population - Out-of-School Youth (OY), Target Population - Returning Citizens, Target Population - Justice-Involved Youth, Target Population - Non-Citizens, Target Population - Hartford Resident, Target Population - Homeless and Housing Insecurity, Target Population - LGBTQIA, Target Population - Gender Identity Male, Target Population - Gender Identity Female

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident, Greater Hartford Region

Service Type: Career Competency Training, Guidance and Counseling, Integrated Education and Training, Occupational Skills Training, Tutoring

Sector: Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Construction

Enrollment Frequency: Varies

Schedule (When is your program offered?): Varies

Emergency Service?: No

CT State Capital

SNAP Education & Training (E&T) Programs

WHAT IS THE SNAP EDUCATION & TRAINING PROGRAM?

The SNAP Education and Training Program provides short-term job training and support services to eligible individuals receiving nutritional assistance. Scholarships are offered for a variety of certificate programs in multiple employment industries.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

You may be eligible if you:

  • Receive SNAP benefits from the Department of Social Services;
  • Are NOT receiving TFA/TANF;
  • Are able and motivated to obtain employment upon successful completion of your program;
  • And have not previously received a SNAP E&T scholarship.

*Final scholarship eligibility is determined by the program coordinator in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

PROGRAM OPTIONS AT THE CAPITAL CAMPUS:

  • Admin Medical Assistant
  • CNA – Nurse Aide Cert
  • Community Health Worker
  • EKG Technician
  • Information Technology (IT) Tracks
  • Intro to Manufacturing
  • Patient Care Tech (PCT)
  • New programs will be added regularly!

Supports Available Through Program: Tutoring, Equity Center, pantry, mental health services, laptop lending program, and career services.

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Nickesha Davis

SNAP Coordinator

Location Address
CT State Capital, 950 Main Street, Room 208, Hartford, CT, 06103

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Certificate - Educational, Certificate - Industry/Sector-Based

Length of Program: Program length depends on the class, but average is 2-3 months

Target Population: Age - 17-24, Age - 18 and over, Age - 25 and older, In-school Youth, Out-of-School Youth (OY), Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth, Non-Citizens, Hartford Resident, Homeless and Housing Insecurity, Gender - Male, Gender - Female, LGBTQIA

Eligibility Requirements: Age 17-24, Age - 18 and over, Age - 25 and older, Target Population - In-School Youth, Target Population - Out-of-School Youth (OY), Target Population - Returning Citizens, Target Population - Justice-Involved Youth, Target Population - Non-Citizens, Target Population - Hartford Resident, Target Population - Homeless and Housing Insecurity, Target Population - LGBTQIA, Target Population - Gender Identity Male, Target Population - Gender Identity Female, Target Population - Gender Identity Other

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident, Greater Hartford Region

Service Type: Career Competency Training, Integrated Education and Training, Occupational Skills Training

Sector: Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing

Enrollment Frequency: Classes start several times per semester.

Schedule (When is your program offered?): Schedule varies depending on the class. Classes are available in the mornings and evenings.

Emergency Service?: No

Forge City Works

Culinary and Customer Service Job Training at Forge City Works

Forge City Works (FCW) uses food to change lives, build community and create opportunities. Founded in 2007 as Billings Forge Community Works, we provide culinary and customer service job training. Our job training program prepares low-income residents with barriers to employment for jobs each year, focusing on both soft skills and technical culinary skills, and then connects them to jobs. In 2023, we completed a theory of change workshop that modified implementation and has improved outcomes.

Participants start in cohorts of about 12 people. In Level 1, trainees work 20-25 hours per week at minimum wage until they demonstrate that they have demonstrated sustained proficiency of both technical job skills and soft skills. Staff provide daily feedback to participants on both kinds of skills. Soft skills, such coming to work on time, accepting constructive criticism, and interpersonal skills, are often what prevent people from keeping a job. Participants learn food preparation, speed of production, and food safety, and earn the industry-standard ServSafe Food Handler certification, which increases their employability. They cycle through shadow shifts working alongside employees in a wide range of positions. When participants demonstrate proficiency of skills—including soft skills like reliability and emotional regulation—they can move to Level 2. Level 1 usually takes usually after 16-20 weeks.

Level 2 training is an internship at a job function that interests them at our social enterprise or at an employer partner for 8 weeks. This helps them understand the institutional or restaurant environment and to build their work history. This provides a real-world work experience for the trainee and for the employer, an opportunity to test out a potential hire. For participants for whom we do not have an appropriate internship, they are eligible for Learn to Earn for 8 weeks, where they continue to earn wages for completion of job search and professional development activities, under the direction of our Employment Specialist. In Level 2, we help participants find, win, and keep a job that they want. Our Job Navigator remains in touch with participants and employers, smoothing the transition to the workforce and helping find new jobs as needed. We provide ongoing support to graduates when they need to find a new job.

In 2024 the enrollment dates are March, July and September.

In 2025 the enrollment dates are January, March, July and September

Supports Available Through Program: Participants get customized supports through coaching, case management, instruction and mentoring. Much is referred out to community partners.

WBLN Member: Yes

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Rebecca McGuigan

Executive Director

Location Address
539 Broad St, Hartford, CT 06106

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Marketing Materials Downloads:

FCW Job Training Flyer 2024 Updated - 1

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Mentoring / Guidance, Work-Based Learning / On-the-Job Training (Paid), Internship (Unpaid), Certificate - Industry/Sector-Based

Length of Program: 16-24 weeks, support for additional 12 months post program.

Target Population: Age - 18 and over, Out-of-School Youth (OY), Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth, Hartford Resident, Homeless and Housing Insecurity, Gender - Male, Gender - Female, LGBTQIA

Eligibility Requirements: Age - 18 and over, Target Population - Out-of-School Youth (OY), Target Population - Hartford Resident

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident, Blue Hills, Northeast, North Meadows, West End, Upper Albany, Clay Arsenal, Asylum Hill, Downtown, Parkville, Frog Hollow, South Green, Sheldon Charter Oaks, Behind the Rocks, Barry Square, South Meadows, Southwest, South End

Service Type: Career Competency Training, Financial Literacy Education, Follow-up Services, Guidance and Counseling, Individual Service Strategy, Integrated Education and Training, Job Development and Support, Occupational Skills Training, Work experience

Sector: Culinary

Enrollment Frequency: 4 times a year

Schedule (When is your program offered?): 7 days a week, 7 am- 9pm. Flexibility required by participant to get most out of experience. Schedule changes in the different phases of the program.

Capacity for Each Implementation (Target Number): 12

Emergency Service?: No

Hartford Public Library – Teen and Young Adult Services

Teen and Young Adult Services at the Hartford Public Library

The Teen and Young Adult Services Department at the Hartford Public Library offers teen and young adults a variety of services:

  • (Under Renovation) YOUmedia Hartford Downtown is a makerspace and STEM lab that focuses on Recreation, Enrichment, Academic Support and Workforce Development. Teens can explore emerging and trending educational technology, participate in Esports leagues, start a podcast, paint with their friends and build their very own cosplay! We love exploring new tech and introducing teens to career paths they might have known about.
  • YOUmedia Hartford at the Albany Branch is a digital learning and maker space just for teens (13-19) to hang out, mess around & geek out with state-of-the-art technology. Teens might learn a new trade from a visiting artist or get project support from one of our amazing mentors. YOUmedia helps young people explore what they love and turn that motivation into real life gains in the way of college and career readiness.
  • The Boundless Enrichment Program at Hartford Public High School provides permit to license Driver’s Education through innovative, gamified driving simulation workshops. Teens participate in a curricular sequence of driving lessons in a simulator before they are eligible to take part in a behind-the-wheel driving experience. In addition, this program offers Modeling and Photography workshops, Anime & Manga art, Screen Printing and a recreational Esports league.
  • Our Library Services department maintains a robust Teen/YA collection with non-fiction, fiction and graphic novels & manga, curated to develop a love of reading for users in grades 6-12 in the Greater Hartford area. Additionally, teens and young adults can access a variety of online resources with their library card or their Hartford Public School ID Number. Our Teen/YA Librarian can help teens and young adults with their research projects and career ambitions and also connect them with other services at the library. If you are interested in attending our programs or want to learn more about us, please visit our website at www.hplct.org.

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Mike Elder

Assistant Director, Teen and Young Adult Services

Location Address
Downtown Branch 500 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103 The Downtown Library is temporarily closed due to water damage.
Albany Branch 1250 Albany Avenue Hartford, CT 06112 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Barbour Branch 261 Barbour Street Hartford, CT 06120 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Camp Field Branch 30 Campfield Avenue Hartford, CT 06114 860-695-7440 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dwight Branch 7 New Park Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 860-695-7460 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Park Branch @ the Lyric 7 New Park Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 860-695-7460 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ropkins Branch 1750 Main Street Hartford, CT 06120 860-695-7520 Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Boundless Library @ Rawson 260 Holcomb Street Hartford, CT 06112 860-695-7481 Tuesday and Thursday: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Marketing Materials Downloads:

YOUmedia

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Mentoring / Guidance, Internship (Paid), Other

Other Badges/Credentials Offered: Volunteer Work Experience

Length of Program: One month to one year in duration

Target Population: Age - < 17, Age - 17-24, In-school Youth, Out-of-School Youth (OY), Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth, Non-Citizens, Hartford Resident, Homeless and Housing Insecurity, Gender - Male, Gender - Female, LGBTQIA, Other

Eligibility Requirements: Age < 17, Age 17-24

Service Type: Basic Skills Instruction, Career Competency Training, Follow-up Services, Integrated Education and Training, Tutoring, Work experience

Enrollment Frequency: Open

Schedule (When is your program offered?): After school and during out of school hours (i.e. Summer)

Capacity for Each Implementation (Target Number): 30

Emergency Service?: No

Our Piece of the Pie

Our Piece of the Pie (OPP)

Our Piece of the Pie, Inc. is a nonprofit with a mission to empower youth with the key competencies needed to overcome barriers and succeed in education and employment. OPP works with Hartford area youth ages 14-24, who face obstacles including disengagement from school, poverty, justice involvement, welfare system involvement, unemployment.

We work with youth to create a road map to the future with goals for personal development, academic achievement, and workforce readiness. Every youth has a plan that identifies barriers along with supports and services needed for youth to make their dreams a reality. Each youth is paired with a trained, caring, and proactive Youth Development Specialist acting as a guide and mentor, providing high touch case management. OPP clinicians interact with youth within the programs, build trust, and are there to provide individual counseling as needed.
Youth also work with a Workforce Development Specialist to focus on strengthening work skills, overseeing internships, developing career pathways and coaching youth as they enter the workforce. Getting a job is one thing. Keeping it is another. OPP often works with youth through that first year of employment, helping to remove barriers and keep youth on track towards the future.

Girard Dawes – Senior Director of Outreach, Engagement, and Retention 860-761-7359
McKoi-Alaia Brown – Youth Engagement Specialist 860-761-7306
Tashar Rankine – Youth Engagement Specialist 860-761-7308
Karina Nieves – Administrative Assistant 860-761-7300

 

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Jasmin Reyes

Lead Youth Engagement and Retention Specialist

Location Address
20-28 Sargeant Street, Hartford, CT 06105 1st and 2nd Floor

Website/Marketing Materials for Program

Marketing Materials Downloads:

OPP FY23 Impact

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: N/A (Wrap-Around Service)

Badges/Credentials Offered: Mentoring / Guidance, Work-Based Learning / On-the-Job Training (Paid), Internship (Paid), Certificate - Educational, Certificate - Industry/Sector-Based, Apprenticeship, Degree - GED, Employment

Length of Program: 1-2 years

Target Population: Age - < 17, Age - 17-24, Age - 18 and over, In-school Youth, Out-of-School Youth (OY), Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth, Hartford Resident, Other

Eligibility Requirements: Age < 17, Age 17-24, Age - 18 and over, Other

Eligibility Requirements Other: Ages - 14-24

Residency Eligibility Requirements: Hartford Resident, Greater Hartford Region

Service Type: Basic Skills Instruction, Career Competency Training, Entrepreneurial Skills Training, Financial Literacy Education, Follow-up Services, Guidance and Counseling, Individual Service Strategy, Integrated Education and Training, Job Development and Support, Leadership Development, Occupational Skills Training, Tutoring, Work experience

Sector: Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Transportation / Distribution / Logistics

Enrollment Frequency: All year round

Schedule (When is your program offered?): Monday-Friday: 9am-5:30pm

Emergency Service?: No

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