We are supporting older underserved young people through a full pathway approach including postsecondary/career bridging, technical training, and job experience. In the next 3 years, we will serve 180 youth – 2 out of 3 who are young men of color – in programs featuring partnerships between youth-serving nonprofit organizations and community colleges.
Blue Hills Civic Association and Our Piece of the Pie in partnership with Asnuntuck, Capital, and Manchester Community Colleges deliver credit-bearing academic skill development, youth development, and internships in health care and manufacturing. The programs provide career development activities and training in college preparation skills (test taking, time management, math/language remediation, etc.) with an onsite college experience at a local campus to transition youth from successful high school completion to a post-secondary program at a community college.
- Blue Hills Employment and Skills Training (BHEST) Program: For more information about this pathway program in health care at Capital and Manchester Community Colleges for young adults (18 to 24), contact Blue Hills Civic Association.
- Pathways to Career Initiative (PCI): For more information about this pathway program in manufacturing and health care at Asnuntuck and Manchester Community Colleges for young men of color (18 to 24), contact Our Piece of the Pie.
This work is part of a national initiative led by Jobs for the Future – Opportunity Works – and funded, in part, by the Social Innovation Fund. Hartford’s programs focus on Postsecondary Bridging interventions as part of JFF’s Back-On-Track model.
Locally, we are supported by the Social Innovation Fund (as a subgrantee of Jobs for the Future), Annie E. Casey Foundation (in partnership with Aspen Forum for Community Solutions), Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and NBCUniversal Foundation. For more on our funding sources, go here.