Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative is making available information for online learning, job opportunities, mental health resources, Youth Summer Programs, and other vital resources.
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Upgrade your skills, learn new skills! Get ready to get back to work!Recommended Online Training Options:
- Association for Career and Technical Education: These are resources for career development, employability skill development, project management, industry engagement and other topics.
- Career Readiness Education: Curious about careers or exploring education options? Read some of the most common questions for you and free online training options!
- GCFLEARNFREE.ORG: For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org® program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From G Suite, Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics on more than 2,000 lessons and 7,000 pages of content with more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games – all completely at no cost to you!
- GOOGLE G SUITE LEARNING CENTER (G SUITE): The G Suite Learning Center provides 10- to 15-minute micro-learning modules to equip you to use Google’s GSuite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive).
- APPLIED DIGITAL SKILLS (GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION): Learn practical digital skills using Google’s free video-based lessons. G Suite tools to help sharpen your skills in these areas: Sheets, Slides, Docs, Gmail, Calendar, and Drive
- MICROSOFT DIGITAL LITERACY: Digital skills help us connect, learn, engage, and create more promising futures. Learn how to effectively use devices, Microsoft software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and the internet to collaborate with others and discover, use and create information.
- Contact: [email protected]
Lunch Break with the Village:The Village also offers online webinars on current issues! You can join them each month on Facebook Live as they cover topics to help you navigate the current pandemic, provide expert tips and advice, and answer your questions. Interested in watching some of these videos-- check them out below:
- Topic: Allyship & Antiracism
- Topic: Racial Trauma Part Two
- Topic: Racial Trauma Part One
- Topic: Anxiety & Depression
Check out more of their resources:
- To read more about My People's click here!
- Therapeutic Services: My People Clinical Services offers a wide range of Therapeutic Services for individuals and families in need of support, treatment or assessment by therapeutically trained individuals. Our service delivery encompass Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Intensive Case Management, Parent Mentoring and Crisis Intervention.
- Individual Therapy: Individual psychotherapy provided to children, adolescents, and adults provided within the community or in an office setting to address emotional and/or behavioral problems. Sessions can be offered once or multiple times per week based on the level of intensive intervention required to stabilize or assist a client in reaching baseline or improved functioning.
- BHCA will be using the Career Edge programs as directed. The BHCA SYELP staff when hired will then make recommendations as to what they feel will benefit their Tier level.
- BHCA is working to address mental health needs and soft skills development. BHCA is also incorporating techniques for stress management and cognitive comprehension exploration as well as building a base by way of youth organizing to highlight community needs, increase voter registration and advocating for systemic change through census tracking.
Boys and Girls Club of Hartford:
- BGC is providing virtual live Job Readiness training, financial literacy, job shadows, career panels, guest speakers, college tours and individual career planning sessions as well as internships and opportunities for current members. The website at www.bgchartford.org will link to the virtual Club.
- Career Resources is offering STRIVE Online (job readiness training).
- They also offer Virtual Job Fairs, Virtual Career Counseling and Coaching, and Virtual Job Placement.
Center for Latino Progress:
- CLP is providing virtual Zoom Meetings (Groups and Assignments based on Employment sectors), Customer Service Classes (possible NRF certification), Post-Secondary counseling (one-on-one and small groups), Links to WorkKeys curriculum (to prepare for NCRC credential), Guest speakers and/or panels for career exploration, and work in virtual Bike Safety classes.
Community Renewal Team (CRT):
- The full array of CRT programming, including a “profile of services” that summaries specific services offered and eligibility criteria, including BHS services, financial literacy classes, YouthBuild, and general case management supports.
- These resources are available at www.crtct.org
- COMPASS is offering virtual Groups (CBT, Fitness Group, Girls Group), Virtual case management, Virtual Zoom Meetings. COMPASS will assist with goal setting and preparation for long term goals and has a partnership with virtual UBC Creative Media Design Academy.
CT Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT):
- CCAT’s manufacturing awareness and information site, www.ctdidi.com, provides information regarding manufacturing careers, training, events, and more. CCAT offer a free online manufacturing careers newsletter for young adults.
CT Data Collaborative/ Hartford Data Collaborative:
- CT Data Collaborative and the HDC will provide data on how many youth/families have access to broadband internet and data on barriers to employment in times of COVID-19 (transportation, childcare, etc.). CDC will assist in integrating data between HOYC agencies and the HPS to identify youth who are connected to an agency and flag youth who are not connected.
Forge City Works:
- Forge City Works can offer an array of services including: Serv Safe Food Handler and Allergens certifications; supplementary training activities and resources; facilitated interactive zoom meetings around job readiness, personal development, and culinary with guest speakers, virtual worksite tours, and peer-hosted breakout zooms; virtual coaching and 1-on-1 guidance; incentive-earning virtual activities from custom Learn & Earn menu; resume support and development, and online job search resources for WIOA program participants.
Hartford Job Corps:
- The Hartford Job Corps provides virtual groups and distance learning in all areas including HSD, Clinical Medical Assistant, Manufacturing, Insurance, and Driver’s Education. There is continued application processing for prospective applicants.
Hartford Public Library:
- HPL provides the American Place English Club Google Classroom for English Language Learners who are newcomers to Hartford, Gr. 9-12. HPL also offers English Discoveries, an individualized, self-paced on-line English instruction and a Cisco Academy on-line course which prepares youth and adults for jobs in IT.
Hartford Public Schools:
- The Hartford Public Schools provides a Summer Virtual Credit Recovery Program. Our Piece of the Pie OPP supports numerous options including: Virtual Learn and Earn Opportunities (i.e. CCDT, Leadership, Financial Capabilities, Social & Emotional Learning, Mental Wellness, Civic Engagement, Guest Speakers Representing Various Sectors, High School Bridging, Post-Secondary Awareness, Career Exploration & Planning, Entrepreneurship, & Social Media Challenges). OPP will also offer Project-Based Activities and Traditional Internships Opportunities. The OPP website is: https://opp.org/
The Village for Children and Families:
- The Village has virtual financial and career coaching (ages 18+, Bi-lingual available), Virtual VITA tax preparation, Telehealth behavioral and mental health counseling, Rapid Response Program.
- These resources can be accessed at www.thevillage.org.
- The Village also offers Summer enrichment programming for youth. Family Resource Center programming for families. Both resources are available at multiple sites throughout the city.
United Way of Central & Northeastern CT:
- The United Way website displays some of our partner agencies that focus on young adults training programs such as OPP, Urban League, and Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford.
Urban League of Greater Hartford:
- Urban League provides virtual college and career readiness resources and supports related to career exploration, youth employment/internship opportunities, financial literacy, personal branding and group mentoring activities.
- Online resources supporting career exploration include: www.Onetonline.org and www.mynextmove.org
- URISE Ventures offers virtual financial education programs including personal finance, business math programs.
- URISE also facilitated a Youth Pitch Competition to be held on Saturday, June 20 from 12-2 pm on Zoom.
- The event website is www.UpYourHustle.org
- Wheeler Clinic provides Telehealth, behavior and mental health counseling, bi-lingual availability, Care coordination services, yoga and mindfulness classes.
The Justice Education Center, Inc.:
- The Justice Education Center offers online and hands-on training while students are out of the school building (and perhaps even once they go back).
Misc (Khan Academy):
- A general resource providing free, world-class education for anyone.
- YWCA: This summer YWCA is opening more spots for their women’s leadership course which unites teen girls for an immersive, virtual experience focused on leadership, civic engagement and advocacy. The goals of the program are the following: to teach, connect, empower and convene leaders, to infuse fun into learning and career exploration, to help students develop public speaking and other leadership skills, to provide coaching in self-organization, literacy development, research, and technological proficiency and to awaken a curiosity in becoming an engaged citizen and leader.
- When: August 3-August 19, 2020
- Training is all online!
- Contact: [email protected] if interested in signing up!
- Girls with Impact: Girls with Impact (GWI) will host a ‘mini MBA’ summer camp which teaches young female entrepreneurs how to turn a passion or hobby into a prototype and business plan. Young women in the program work through a process of 'design thinking’ (where they have the option of working in teams of 2-3) to identify a problem, create a business solution, promote it, finance it and pitch it. This program is a live, online summer camp which offers the opportunity for girls to socialize and work together in a virtual environment.
If interested register here!
- Urban League of Greater Hartford: Urban League of Greater Hartford has Project Ready ROCS (Ready for Opportunities and College Success) is an expansion of the Urban League’s Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success program which prepares teens for college, work, and life. With more than 10 years providing college access services to inner city youth in the greater Hartford area, ULGH has learned that many who are accepted to college often do not follow through to actually enroll in college, and those who do enroll often do not matriculate, may not re-enroll for 2ndsemester of Freshman year, or do not return in succeeding years to complete a degree. ROCS was designed to offer a continuum of support after high school graduation by providing college success programming to help navigate to and through college.