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CWP and Partners Secure Training and Jobs Grant for Hartford Youth

Hartford, Conn. (May 17, 2016) - Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) in announcing that Hartford has secured a federal grant to provide 275 youth with summer and year-round job opportunities and exposure to career pathways for in-demand job sectors.

"Connecting Hartford's young men and women to jobs is the single most important thing we can do to build a stronger Hartford," said Mayor Bronin. "The Promise Zone Youth Employment for Success is a critical part of our effort to expand youth employment opportunities in Hartford, and I'm incredibly grateful to Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy, Congressman Larson and the Obama Administration for their support. I also want to thank Capital Workforce Partners and other community groups who are working hard to prepare to launch this program for Hartford's young people."

These opportunities are part of Promise Zone Youth Employment for Success (Promise Zone YES!). The project serves as a way to transform youth-serving systems and engage the Promise Zone in partnership with Blue Hills Civic Association, unlocking the untapped talent of North Hartford as an engine for economic prosperity and investment in the future of the youth.

"It's even more than just giving youth something meaningful to do," says Thomas Phillips, President, and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners. "By providing these employment and skill-credentialing opportunities, we are working toward closing achievement gaps, and our future workforce is better prepared to meet the business needs of the region today and tomorrow. It is an economic competitiveness imperative."

The 275 youth served will be a mix of in-school and out-of-school youth, with 190 placed in unsubsidized employment, 85 placed in post-secondary education or training, and 204 gaining industry-recognized credentials. CWP, the local workforce development board for North Central Connecticut, will partner with the City of Hartford, Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, and two employer partnerships.

News of Hartford receiving these federal funds today is part of a larger U.S. Department of Labor announcement of $21 million in Grants to Connect Young Americans to Jobs. Connecticut's capital city is one of 11 communities across the country will receive a portion of the $21 million to launch and expand innovative approaches that provide young people with summer and year-round jobs.

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About Capital Workforce Partners - Capital Workforce Partners is a regional workforce development board serving 37 municipalities in North Central Connecticut. The board coordinates comprehensive programs for job seekers and employers, and its mission is to leverage public and private resources to produce skilled workers for a competitive regional economy. 

About the Hartford Promise Zone - The Hartford Promise Zone is a 3-mile area, which begins near Homestead Avenue and extends north to Keney Park. City and federal officials announced the federal designation for the Clay Arsenal, Northeast and Upper Albany neighborhoods on April 28, 2015, hoping to result in an infusion of manpower and money to one of the capital city's neediest areas.

More about the national grant here.