(August 27, 2013) - Today, Mayor Segarra announced that over 1,600 Hartford young people ages 14-18 were hired through the Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program. Managed by Capital Workforce Partners, this year the program raised over $2 million dollars for the region from private, local, and state funds which resulted in more work experiences for young people than last year. An additional 300 Hartford youth were able to participate through the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Challenge; where employers funded summer youth employees directly. Students worked at various non-profits and businesses throughout the Capital City.
“A large percentage of Hartford’s population is under the age of 18,” said Mayor Segarra. “They will face a tough entry into the workforce so it’s important that we invest in programs that are effective in teaching them 21st century skills. I want to thank Capital Workforce Partners for their continued leadership of the Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program, the State Department of Labor, The Department of Children and Families, Bank of America, That Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Walmart Foundation for their generous support of this program. A special thanks to all of the employers who hired our students especially those who did so in their own dime. This program provides our young people a chance to learn meaningful skills, earn money, and most importantly build their social capital which can open the door to opportunities down the road.”
“Capital Workforce Partners and its partnering agencies are grateful for the City of Hartford’s commitment to providing young people with opportunities through its $1.2 million investment and their determination and dedication to obtaining worksites where the students would be placed has been critical,” said Tom Phillips, President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners. “The City of Hartford’s commitment to its youth, and future workforce is evident and a key driver of the City’s future talent pipeline.”
To learn more about the SYELP please visit: http://www.capitalworkforce.org
For Immediate Release: August 27, 2013
Contact: Tiana Hercules
p. (860) 757-9522
c. (860) 573-4658