This conference will bring together organizations from the regions of: Connecticut, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston & Maine. Participating organizations include: The Aspen Institute – Opportunity Youth Forum, National Youth Employment Coalition, Jobs for the Future and other communities/partners. This roundtable provides an opportunity to share, review and increase public awareness of Opportunity Youth/Youth Employment best practices.
Our Piece of the Pie receives $1.1 million U.S Department of Labor grant to help young adults in the North Hartford Promise Zone to bolster job readiness and career placement efforts. This grant is focused on youth aged 18-24 who have recently been released from prison and live in the Promise Zone. For the full story, see here.
Mayor Luke Bronin invites you to the next meeting of the collaborative which will take place on Monday, March 28th at 12 noon at the Hartford Public Library (Downtown).
Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund
We All Start Somewhere
Who Do We Think We Are? (Starts at 21m09s)
America Needs Talent
100,000 Opportunities Initiative in Chicago
Equal Measures, the national evaluator for Aspen’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, is visiting Hartford on December 8th and 9th for a site visit. During the visit, Equal Measures will attend the Collaborative meeting on December 8th at 12 noon and meet individually with some organization members to learn about experiences, learnings, impact, and perspectives on the collaborative.
The site visit will focus on understanding how the collective impact model is being used to build education and career pathways for Opportunity Youth in Hartford. It aims to identify strategies for improving outcomes among opportunity youth, and to elevate and share those lessons with the Aspen Institute and other collaboratives participating in the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, as well as with the field more broadly. Equal Measure is not assessing the collaborative’s progress or judging site performance.
The goals of the site visit are three-fold:
- To better understand the collaborative’s strategies for improving the education and employment outcomes of Opportunity Youth in the community
- To identify factors that influence progress in the community and its efforts to enact systems change
- To elevate promising approaches for using collaboratives to improve Opportunity Youth outcomes
For questions, contact Kim Oliver.
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.
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:
- Learn about city initiatives and how the work intersects with HOYC.
- Review updates from national partners and other progress to date.
- Share opportunities to intersect and interconnect with partner activities.
Meeting materials are here.
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.
Jobs for the Future (JFF), in partnership with the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF), released a Notice of Funding Opportunity inviting communities using a collective impact approach to improve outcomes for opportunity youth to apply for funding to implement Back on Track pathways for these youth. By March 2015, JFF/Aspen will select up to twelve communities to receive between $175,000 and $300,000 per year over at least three years, with the potential for continuation funding for an additional two years; the grants will require a 1:1 philanthropic match at the local level.
This funding opportunity is made possible through a grant to JFF/Aspen from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Details about the funding opportunity can be found here.