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HARTFORD TO BENEFIT FROM $1.1 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING FOR JUSTICE-INVOLVED YOUTH IN PROMISE ZONE

HARTFORD TO BENEFIT FROM $1.1 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING FOR JUSTICE-INVOLVED YOUTH IN PROMISE ZONE

 

HARTFORD, CONN (July 25, 2017) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) will receive $1.1 million from a U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Project grant to help justice-involved youth in the North Hartford Promise Zone successfully re-enter their communities.  National non-profit FHI-360 received the grant from the Department of Labor and chose OPP as an implementing partner.  The total grant is for $4.5 million and it will also fund similar endeavors in Los Angeles and St. Louis.

 

“Young people in Hartford face systemic challenges to successful re-entry, and this grant funding will help 160 of them get the support they need to find work or enroll in school,” said Mayor Bronin.  “We have seen all too clearly in recent weeks that young people who have been through the justice system need the kind of support this grant will provide, because without that support, they are more likely to end up back involved in crime and violence.  Our community is committed to working with these young people, and we need to provide even more resources like this.  Our Piece of the Pie’s deep involvement in youth engagement work and their experience working with justice-involved youth makes them particularly well-suited for this grant.”

 

“This program will provide formerly incarcerated young people with the opportunities to develop themselves so they can live productive lives outside of prison,” said Hector Rivera, Chief Operating Officer of OPP.  “We look forward to working with these young people and to providing them everything we have to offer as they reintegrate into society.”

 

“I am pleased to hear that our North Hartford Promise Zone youth population will be afforded the opportunity to receive services that will aide them in being reintegrated in the workforce environment,” said City Council President Thomas “TJ” Clarke II.  “I applaud the administration for collaborating with OPP to submit a competitive application in the attempt to continue to build up our Promise Zone.”

 

“It’s not enough that we as legislators and elected officials pass state laws and city ordinances supporting Second Chance Society legislation,” said City Councilman James Sanchez.  “We must provide the funding and tools necessary for youth to make the transition away from lives filled with crime and violence.  We must help them change by providing the necessary support for them to change.  This grant does just that.  I look forward to seeing OPP’s success.”

 

In Hartford, OPP will recruit approximately 160 young people ages 18-24 from the Promise Zone to work with.  They will receive legal services, work readiness training, professional development and job placement support, as well as educational services, to help them become self-sufficient.

 

With this grant, FHI-360 is launching the Compass Rose Collaborative, which will include OPP as well as corresponding organizations in Los Angeles and St. Louis.  Through the Collaborative, FHI-360 will provide management, coordination, and technical assistance to help develop and share new and existing tools and approaches between the various implementing partners. 

 

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