By understanding the range of Opportunity Youth sub-populations, we can work with the right set of stakeholders and develop the right set of solutions for achieving impact.
- Justice-involved youth
- Young parents
- Youth in or transitioning from foster care
- Latino and Black/African-American Youth
Our foundation program in construction led by Capitol Region Education Council is a re-entry program targeting youth returning home from incarceration or placement in a detention center. Several adjustments were made to this program to appropriately serve this population especially in regards to trauma (experienced prior and during incarceration), mental health, and behavioral health.
While our foundation program in health care is currently open to OY meeting WIA eligibility requirements, we are working with its led – Blue Hills Civic Association – to specifically target OY with family responsibilities. BHCA has a history of effectively serving this population and will increase our penetration of this sub-population.
Youth In or Transitioning from Foster Care
While our foundation program in manufacturing is currently open to any OY, we are working with its lead – Our Piece of the Pie – to specifically target OY in foster care. OPP has a strong relationship with CT Department of Children and Families (which manages the State’s foster care system) and has a history of effectively serving foster care youth. In partnership with OPP, we will begin to customize our programs to better serve this sub-population.
Latino and Black/African-American Youth
Seventy-one percent (71%) of all youth in Hartford and 90% of youth not in school and not working in Hartford are Latino or Black/AA. We are committed to working with our partners to improve accessibility and effectiveness of programs and services to better penetrate neighborhoods with high concentration of these youth and serve these sub-populations to improve life outcomes.