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Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program Update

Summer Youth Employment Program Update

Given the absence of a state budget for FY18, the State of Connecticut is presently operating under the Governor's Executive Order, which does not include funding for the State Summer Youth Employment Program. Given these events, Capital Workforce Partners has notified summer youth employment programs of the following.

• The Regional Summer Youth Employment and Learning Programs, which supports all youth who reside in any municipality in our service region, except Hartford, has been cancelled. Notices to the agencies running these programs were recently sent, and updates to the summer youth employment applicants are presently being made.

• The City of Hartford's funding commitment to support the City Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program, combined with funding from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, will serve almost 600 young people who reside in Hartford this summer. Given that the passage of a state budget is currently unlikely until at least July 18th, the State Youth Employment Program will not likely be providing for an additional 200 Hartford youths, as originally proposed in Governor Malloy's budget. Through the leadership of Hartford Mayor Bronin and the Hartford City Council, Capital Workforce Partners will coordinate summer youth employment services through several community providers, where youth will participate in a five week, 120 hour program. The approximately 600 summer jobs will also be augmented with about 200 additional summer jobs through a Federal Career Pathways Youth program in the North Hartford Promise Zone granted to CWP in 2016, in addition to about 200 summer paid work experiences for older youth supported by the Mayor's Youth Service Corps.

This is a difficult situation that will impact many young people in the Hartford Region, and we are disappointed as well. In the event the state takes positive action in the next several days to restore the summer employment program, which appears unlikely, we will revisit whether we might be able to resume the program throughout the Capital Region in some limited way and provide notification.