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April 8th, 2014 Youth Symposium Information Corner

2013 Summer Youth Employment and

Learning Program Statewide Report

Youth Violence Prevention Study

Joe McLaughlin's Presentation

Other State Comparisons

CLMS Executive Summary

School to Career Connecting Activities


Stories from the 2013 Summer Youth

Employment and Learning Program

Urban League Youth made a video about their summer experiences.

Urban League Students

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2013 SYELP Newsletter

Career Competencies

Workforce Investment Act Youth Programming

  • Special Enterprise & Workforce Development Project - Entrepreneurship and Business Skills provided by Central CT State University, New Britain
  • Pathways to Manufacturing - Machining CNC - Manufacturing and Machining Certification provided by Our Piece of the Pie, Hartford
  • Rx for Success - Entrepreneurship / Business Skills / Allied Health Skills provided by Bristol Community Organization, Bristol in conjunction with Tunxis Community College
  • Health Careers By Degree, provided by Blue Hills Civic Association, Hartford
  • Fo'Real - Credentialed program in entrepreurship / business / computer training / culinary and career competencies - provided by OIC in conjunction with Tunxis Community College
  • Education in Allied Health Careers - provided by Human Resources Agency, New Britian in conjunction with Tunxis Community College
  • Transition to Employment Services - GED / Construction Worker Certification, provided by Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)

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Per the Workforce Investment Act, youth served must be between the ages of 14 and 21, low income (@70% of
LLSIL or 100% of Federal Poverty level AND have one or more of the following challenges:

- basic skills deficient

- a school dropout

- homeless, runaway, or foster child

- pregnant or parenting

- linked with juvenile justice system (offender / ex-offender)

- an individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment as defined by Capital Workforce Partners' Special Assistance Categories" - for more information on these categories.

Additional Eligibility Restrictions per program:

- TRIO - must be New Britain Adult Ed or GED Student

- Pathways to Manufacturing - must be 17 or older

- Rx for Success - Must be 16 or older and have an HS Diploma or GED

- Fo'Real - Must be 18 or older

- Education in Allied Health Careers - must be 16 or older

- Transition to Employment Services - Must be 17 or older and reside in Hartford County

For questions on these programs, contact Althea Bates at 860-899-3483 or abates@capitalworkforce.org

OIC WIA Culinary Program

July 2, 2013 - OIC's Fo'Real WIA Culinary Program celebrated with a specially prepared meal, and these youth showcasing both their career competency and cooking skills.



June 27, 2013 - CREC Transition to Employment Services - GED/Construction WIA Training held its first gCREC WIA Gradsraduation ceremony at the Capitol Region Education Council. 13 youth completed the Construction Program, and several are working toward attaining their GED. Several students completed internships in the construction trade including work opportunities provided by event keynote speaker Rene Carasquillo, President of Castle Concrete Corp.


Quishema Jones

June 21, 2013 - Training is Key - The City of Hartford Office Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation held its Middle Management Institute And Youth Development Practitioners Academy Graduation Ceremony at The Riverfront Boat House. The event celebrated the accomplishments and best practices demonstrated by those trained to work with youth.  Featured graduate Quishema Jones of  Blue Hills Civic Association's WIA Youth Programs received her award for completion of the training.

CCSU Field Trip

June, 2013 - WIA Youth in New Britain take a field trip.




Hurricane Store WIA Program New Britain

June 1, 2013 - The Hurricane Central held its grand opening - in New Britain.  The store is a collaborative venture between New Britain High School and Central Connecticut State University and is funded by Capital Workforce Partners through its Workforce Investment Act program designed to help adult education students in the New Britain area gain the necessary skills to have a successful career in fields such as health care, manufacturing, sales and information technology.  The store will sell “Hard Hittin’ New Britain” and “Blue Devils” apparel.

May 30, 2013 - The OIC Fo'Real WIA Youth Program- credentialed program in entrepreneurship / business / computer training / culinary and career competencies - provided by OIC in conjunction with Tunxis Community College-invited staff anOIC Workforce Programd program supporters to a culinary luncheon entitled “30 Days in One Bite”. WIA Youth participants of the program showcased their culinary and customer service competencies while walking guests through several courses from appetizers to dessert. After the meal invited guests had the opportunity to ask questions of participants related to the program and their experiences. The event was hosted at OIC in New Britain, CT.




May 8, 2013 - Put Your Skills to the Test - Career Connections students and invited guests, Pathways to Technology, participated in the work readiness Career Competencies based competition, Skills Challenge.

Urban League wins 2013 Skills Challenge

This year's events included: Resume/Cover Letter & Personal Interview, Extemporaneous Speaking, Personal Qualities, Poetry, Career Connections Jeopardy, and a Dress for Success Fashion ShowThe event, sponsored by Aetna, took place in the Aetna Conference Center. Congratulations to Urban League of Greater Hartford for being the overall winners of the 2013 Skills Challenge!



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Description: Business Resources Center

Meet Kylie and Tamla: Kylie Agers and Tamla Morales are spending this summer, working as Administrative Assistants at the Business Resource Center in downtown Hartford. This summer is the first working experience for both Kylie and Tamla, and both ladies are already putting what they learned from their Career Competency training through Blue Hills Civic Association, to good use. “I have already begun using customer service skills on the job and the training gives students the extra guidance that they need to be hard working employees and it gives us an extra push,” said Tamla. Kylie and Tamla are looking forward to learning all they can about Business Resource Center and most importantly building their resumes. “The skills that I learn on the job will hopefully help me with future jobs and career goals”, said Kylie.  Kylie will be attending Manchester Community College in the fall to study in the field of Criminal Justice and Tamla plans to attend college to study the field of accounting.

Description: Andrew Jones 

Meet Andrew Jones: Andrew Jones is spending his summer working at the Bristol Senior Community Center through the Bristol Community Organization. “I’m helping the maintenance crew with a couple of different projects,” he said. Andrew has been painting furniture on the grounds, cleaning and helping the crew maintain the community garden. In the long run, Andrew wants to be a detective, he intends to go to college for criminal justice in order to pursue a career as a police officer to work his way up to that goal. “The office sells the Farmer’s Market coupons to support the senior community center,” said Andrew.

Fantasia and Allayjhia

Meet Fantasia Jenkins and Allayjhia Chambers: Fantasia and Allayjhia are spending their summer with the Ebony Horsewomen through Our Piece of the Pie. Ebony Horsewomen is an agricultural center that hosts summer and after school educational programs for children and teenagers. Fantasia and Allayjhia groomed the horses, helped to take care of some of the other animals there and assisted with the upkeep of the stables and cages.  “We groom them and put on their bridles and saddles,” Fantasia said regarding their responsibilities with the horses. Her experience at the Ebony Horsewomen this summer has cultivated a love of horses. “I want to volunteer this year,” said Fantasia, “and I definitely want to learn to ride.” Allayjhia also developed a love for the animals.

Nicole Curtis Summer Youth 2012

Meet Nicole Curtis: This is Nicole’s second experience with the Vernon Youth Services Bureau. Nicole’s first experience was last summer through Capitol Region Education Council. Nicole aspires to be a social worker, so she spent as much time as she could working with the young kids that the program put under her care. “I enjoyed having time to bond with the kids and I got as much experience as I could working with kids from all different backgrounds,” she said. After Nicole’s first experience with the Vernon Youth Services Bureau, they hired her for the year round program and requested that she spend her subsequent summer with them.

Hospital for Special Care

A Special Work Experience at Hospital for Special Care: Jose Rodriguez, Thalia Rios, Sheila Figueroa and Christina Waskiewicz, students from New Britain High School’s Health Academy, were placed at the Hospital for Special Care through Opportunities Industralization Center this summer for their work experience.  Jose worked in Food Services; he aspires to become a physical therapist.  Thalia  worked in the Aquatics & Rehabilitation Center, and her career goal is to become a pediatrician.  Sheila worked with the pulmonary support group and for Corporate Planning and is looking into a variety of options, including work in a veterinary setting.  Christina spent her days in Clinical Engineering; her career path is heading towards becoming either a physical therapist or a pediatrician.

Randy Gentle

Meet Randy Gentle: Randy, a high school senior at the Culinary Arts Academy, aspires to be in the nursing field, and spent his summer at Aetna in the pharmacy department. Over 20 of the high school interns made presentations at the end of their summer experience to their peers and to other Aetna staff incorporating the leadership qualities they learned on the job i.e. collaboration, adaptability and decision making.

Note:  Funding for this year's program is made in part by:

The State of Connecticut

The City of Hartford

Hartford Foundation for Public GIving

The Walmart 2012 Summer Youth Employment Initiative, the Center for Youth and Communities at
Brandeis University’s Heller School

and other Generous Donors

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Jobs today are scarce, and they are even more scarce for our youth.  Adequate funding for youth employment programs continues to be a challenge with over 1,000 youths on our wating list for jobs this summer in our region alone. If you are impacted by not being able to find a job, here are a few "tools" you can use to voice your concern:

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