(July 21, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced today that Hartford is one of 50 cities in 31 states, and the only city in Connecticut, to be awarded a grant under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. The $4,999,995 grant, spanning five years, will support a replicated evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP) in Hartford under the auspices of the Hartford Health and Human Services Department.
Despite a 20 percent decline in teen births over the past five years, Hartford still has a teen birth rate that is higher than the national average. The grant will focus heavily on a partnership with Hartford Public Schools, local service providers and clinics. The funding will also focus on implementing programs in schools, clinics, and community-based settings to allow adolescents and teenagers to receive multiple medically accurate, age appropriate, evidence-based services during their adolescence. Vulnerable youth, such as those in foster care, juvenile detention, expectant and parenting teens, and older youth will be served through this initiative.
In commenting on the grant award, Mayor Segarra said, “The City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has played an active and successful role in Teen Pregnancy Prevention since 2010. This funding, and partnership with key agencies, will help Hartford to continue providing the level of expertise and services to youth and those most in need throughout the city.”
The U.S. HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence –Based Initiative provides an opportunity for a broad range of programs to have a lasting impact on reducing teen pregnancy, HIV and STI’s among middle school and high school youth across the nation. For a list of all grant winners visit U.S. HHS Office of Adolescent Health 2015 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Grants.
(July 15, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Evelyn R. Richardson, Acting Vice Chair of the Northeast Revitalization Association (NERA), and City Architect Tony Matta formally announced the grand reopening of the Harriet Tubman Playscape, a small, neighborhood playground at the corner of Main Street and Harriet Tubman Court that was damaged in a motor vehicle crash in late 2012. The City invested $49,425 in installing a new playscape featuring climbing equipment, a foot bridge and a wood fiber safety surface. The old play structure was removed by “Kids Around the World,” an organization that will refurbish and reinstall the playground in a developing nation.
“Open spaces where children can play and be active are valuable to every community. I’m glad the Harriet Tubman Playscape has been restored for the children in the surrounding neighborhood,” said Mayor Segarra.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be in the northeast section of Hartford with Mayor Segarra, honoring our children with this playground and preserving the memory of Harriet Tubman, a strong hero in the hearts of many. I can truly say great things are happening in North Hartford,” said Evelyn R. Richardson, Acting Vice Chair of NERA.
The Harriet Tubman Playground is among several parks across the City that underwent restoration this summer including; Baby Pope, Roberta Jones Playground, De Lucco Park, Citywide Courts, Elizabeth Park, Keney Golf and Goodwin Golf Courses, and Keney Clock Tower. The City has also funded the cost of three new, multipurpose artificial turf fields at Hyland Park, Annie Fisher and Global Communications Academy. Other parks scheduled for late summer and fall work include: Cronin Park, Batterson Park, Colt Park Playground, and Elizabeth Park East. Previous parks projects completed since 2010 include: Goodwin Play Spray Pool, Elizabeth Park East Playgrounds, Keney Park Fields, George Day Park, Wexford Skate Park, Hyland Park Playground and Spray Pool, Goodwin Park Pond House, Pope Park Arroyo Center, Cronin Park, Ruby Long Playground, Sigourney Park, Pulaski Mall Playground, Goodwin Fitness Trail, De Lucco Park, Willie Ware Playground and Spray Pool, and Hyland Park. City investment in park infrastructure totals $17.6 million since 2010.
For a list of City parks, visit: http://www.hartford.gov/parks
(July 14, 2015) Today, during the 50th anniversary celebration of AmeriCorps VISTA, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the launch of the North Hartford Promise Zone AmeriCorps VISTA project to assist in achieving the goals of the newly-designated North Hartford Promise Zone, including improving the quality of life for residents through increased economic activity, improved educational opportunities, reduction of serious and violent crimes, improved health and wellness, job creation, and improved home ownership and rental housing assistance programs.
“The North Hartford Promise Zone will be strengthened by the addition of five AmeriCorps VISTA members who will help achieve Promise Zone goals in job creation, affordable housing, crime reduction, economic development, education, health and wellness for North Hartford,” said Mayor Segarra.
Hartford was awarded a Promise Zone designation for North Hartford – a 3.11 square-mile area encompassing the Clay Arsenal, Northeast and Upper Albany neighborhoods – making Hartford the first City in New England to have been selected as a Promise Zone community by the Obama Administration. The Promise Zone is a White House initiative designed to support high need, high capacity communities across the country with implementing neighborhood revitalization strategies focused on job creation, increased access to quality, affordable housing, expanded educational opportunities, improved public safety and improved health outcomes.
AmeriCorps VISTA, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, helps build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, addresses underlying causes of poverty, and engages the local community in developing sustainable solutions to end poverty. Hartford was the first city in the country to place VISTA members, who arrived in February 1965 to spend a year improving the lives of some of the poorest residents of Connecticut’s capital city. Today, AmeriCorps VISTA engages nearly 8,000 members nationwide in service at more than 1,000 projects. In Connecticut, more than 60 AmeriCorps VISTA members are currently serving at 45 sites.
“Hartford has so many great summer venues, events and activities to offer residents of all ages. This contest is a great way to capture summer in the City and I encourage all residents to participate,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
The Hartford Summer Instagram Challenge is open to all Hartford residents with no age restrictions. For more information about the contest and prizes, visit: http://bit.ly/1HqbGl1