Join us for the next meeting of the Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative on December 8, 2015 at 12 noon at the Lyceum.
Meeting materials are available here.
The Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative met on September 28th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at the Downtown Branch of Hartford Public Library.
Meeting topics included:
Meeting Materials are here.
Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative has received $1.21 million in grant awards from the Social Innovation Fund (as a subgrantee of Jobs for the Future in partnership with Aspen Forum for Community Solutions), Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and NBCUniversal Foundation for career pathway programming for 180 young men of color and young mothers (ages 18 – 24). These new investments will improve the quality of life outcomes of our youth, strengthening our economy, and promoting a thriving city.
Hartford is one of seven community grantees taking a cross-system, cross-sector approach towards improving outcomes for young people with a particular focus on boys and men of color and will receive a three-year grant of $270,000 per year to further develop ladders to success for opportunity youth. With leadership from City of Hartford and backbone organizational support from Capital Workforce Partners, the Collaborative will support older underserved young people through the new Opportunity Works initiative, a full pathway approach from high school credential to postsecondary /career bridging and technical training and job experience in two sectors – health care and manufacturing. Blue Hills Civic Association and Our Piece of the Pie will partner with Asnuntuck, Capital, and Manchester Community Colleges to deliver academic skill development, youth development, college credit-bearing instructional programs, internships, and jobs.
For more information about the national Opportunity Works initiative, go here.
Join us for breakfast and a special announcement on Thursday (5/14) at 8 am at Parker Memorial Community Center.
Learn how we are transforming the lives of our youth and young adults from speakers the Mayor of Hartford, community partners, and our Youth Leaders. You will learn more about where we are, where we are going, and how we will get there — together. This work is too important and can’t be done by one person or organization alone, so start your Thursday with good news and a good breakfast.
This event is open to the public, so forward this invite to others and bring a friend or colleague. Continental breakfast will be provided so click on the link below to register or RSVP to help us with the headcount.
Email questions about the event here.
This event will be filmed; attendees are consenting to being filmed and waiving any privacy claims.
The City of Hartford has launched www.JobsForHartford.com, a new website that offers Hartford residents the ability to register their interest and skill sets in an online resume database to help employers hire city residents.
Youth now have access to a legal office that can meet them where they are. Center for Children’s Advocacy offers SpeakUpTeens Mobile Legal Office with lawyers onboard to help.
The next meeting of the Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative will be on March 24th at 12 noon at the Lyceum. Lunch will be provided.
Meeting goals include:
Meeting materials are here.
Capital Workforce Partners, the Workforce Investment Board for North Central Connecticut, released a request for proposals for career pathway programs for Opportunity Youth between the ages of 18-24 who are out of school or underemployed and eligible for services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Legally recognized governmental and private organizations, whether for profit or nonprofit, may apply. Funding awarded as a result of this solicitation will be for two years with a renewal option for year three.
Proposals must focus on one or more of the following targeted subpopulations:
CWP will accept written questions via email to WIOAYouthRFP@capitalworkforce.org through February 20, 2015.
Click here for the RFP.
Keelishaye Downer, one of Hartford’s youth leaders, manages the Facebook page on the group’s behalf. She notes the page is about empowering young adults around issues of education and employment. It includes messages of motivation, unemployment data, and information on career competencies.
Go here to “like” their Facebook page.
For more information about our youth leaders, e-mail Kelvin Lovejoy.
As the year ends, it is a great time to reflect back on accomplishments made in the last year, provide updates, and reaffirm commitments for the new year.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Aspen Forum for Community Solutions
The Fund for Greater Hartford
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Social Innovation Fund (as a grantee of Jobs for the Future)
Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative
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