(January 23, 2014) The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced today, that Mayor Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford, CT, won first place for medium/small cities in their 1st Annual USCM National SummerYouth Jobs Challenge. This award honors the outstanding achievements in innovative partnerships between cities and local business and non-profit communities to help provide youth with meaningful summer job experiences.
The award is being presented to Mayor Segarra in Washington D.C. during The U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Winter Meeting. Approximately 250 mayors, USCM business council members, USCM Workforce Development Council members and other workforce development professionals from major cities across the country will be in attendance.
Mayor Segarra is committed to the youth and future workforce of the city of Hartford. Since taking office in 2010, Segarra has invested regularly in youth employment programming, leverageing state and foundationfunds to further expand work opportunities for young people. In 2013, the Mayor secured $1.25 million, that put nearly half of the 2,056 youth in the region to work. Additionally, in conjunction with 4 other regional mayors, he spearheaded an “unsubsidized” youth employment campaign, aligned with the Obama administration’s Youth Jobs + effort. That effort resulted in a further 208 employer-paid positions.
Also in attendance will be Capital Workforce Partners President and CEO, Tom Phillips who was the 2012 President of the U. S. Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council, and whose organization is instrumental in finding worksites and providing career competencies for over 2,000 youth in the North Central Connecticut region each summer.
Along with Mayor Segarra, the USCM will recognize Eugene Morton, a Hartford resident who participated in employment opportunities created through Segarra’s youth initiatives. A 2007 graduate of Hartford’s Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, Morton is currently a Marketing major at Central Connecticut State University with a 4.0 average. In 2013, Eugene took advantage of a summer employment opportunity at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He worked in Lifeline and later transferred to the Human Resources Department where he continued to work to cover his tuition costs, books and other necessities for his studies. Eugene was one of 13 college students who participated in the summer youth employment program offered at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in partnership with the Blue Hills Civic Association. Eugene anticipates graduating in the fall of 2014.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,399 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors