Hartford Youth Creating Safe Streets, Strong Neighborhoods
In response to Hartford’s youth unemployment crisis, Mayor Bronin has pledged during the first year of his new administration to partner with community stakeholders in connecting Hartford’s young people to part-time, yearlong employment.
This summer, the City of Hartford is launching The Mayor’s Youth Service Corps, which will provide Hartford’s unemployed youth with an opportunity to earn a paycheck while strengthening neighborhoods.
Beginning in July 2016, two hundred of Hartford’s opportunity youth will be employed as Youth Service Corps Members. Members will have yearlong, part-time employment with flexible scheduling, and they will engage in community service-based projects designed to visibly impact Hartford neighborhoods.
Projects will address unmet needs in the city, such as blight remediation, home repair, and environmental stewardship. By completing these projects, Youth Service Corps Members will restore and protect Hartford’s natural, cultural, and historic resources and build safer, stronger neighborhoods.
Youth Service Corps, funded entirely by private donations, will be led by the City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation.
Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) will serve as the implementation partner, providing full-time staff to develop and implement projects and manage Youth Service Corps Member teams. OPP will provide Members with mentorship, assistance in building life skills, and support and employment services.
The City and OPP will work to ensure that Youth Service Corps boosts access to economic opportunity by serving as an on-ramp to workforce development programming, career-level professional placements, and permanent employment.
If you are interested in hearing more about Youth Service Corps or expressing interest in Membership, please contact Venica Blythe at OPP:
Venica Blythe, M.ED, CWDP
Our Piece of the Pie®, Inc. (OPP®)
20-28 Sargeant Street, Hartford CT 06105
Phone: (860) 761-7300
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