Hartford Youth Service Corps

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Hartford Youth Service Corps 
In response to Hartford’s youth unemployment crisis, Mayor Bronin partnered with community stakeholders to provide hundreds of Hartford’s young people, including at risk youth, with part-time, yearlong employment doing valuable community service projects.

Under the leadership of Mayor Luke A. Bronin, the City of Hartford Youth Service Corps is an innovative public-private partnership engaging Opportunity Youth in meaningful projects and comprehensive programs to improve their lives and the Hartford community. Our Piece of the Pie, Inc. (OPP), a respected community-based nonprofit, is the City’s implementation partner.

Hartford's unemployed youth program provides an opportunity to earn a paycheck while strengthening neighborhoods. Youth will have yearlong, part-time employment with flexible scheduling, and they will engage in community service-based projects designed to visibly impact Hartford neighborhoods. Program will provide youths with mentorship, assistance in building life skills, and support and employment services.

Corps members participate in paid service-learning projects and, during their year of service, also participate in OPP’s integrated youth development, workforce development and education services. At the end of their year of services, Corps members will exit the program with additional skills and a transition plan in place detailing their goals for the future and outlining steps to take to reach those goals.

Towards the end of the year of service, each youth will work with their YDS to create a “transition plan” for the next steps towards their future. These plans will use the assessments and goals developed in the creation of the Individual Success Plans at enrollment, the progress made towards those goals during their year of service, and help youth to map out a path forward to success, better prepared after their involvement in the Hartford Youth Service Corps.

Year One Outcomes:

  • 278 Youth were served through the Youth Service Youth Corps
  • 32 Youth Service Youth Corps members transitioned into employment
  • 42 Youth Service Youth Corps members transitioned into post-secondary opportunities
  • 41 Service learning projects were completed by Youth Service Youth Corps members

Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation
3rd Floor, City Hall, 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
PHONE: (860)757-9595      FAX: (860) 722-6036      HOURS: 8AM - 5PM