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Mayor Bronin Awards Summer Youth Employment Participant with A Special Gift

August 12, 2016 YOUTH   + SHARE THIS

Hartford Youth Wins U.S. Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Summer Youth Jobs Contest, a part of Capital Workforce Partners’ regionwide Summer Youth Employment Program

 Mayor Bronin presents the Kindle prize to
Center for Latino Progress program participant, Nayeli Alvarez

Hartford, August 12, 2016   The City of Hartford and Capital Workforce Partners are pleased to announce that Nayeli Alvarez, a participant in The Capital Workforce Partners Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program, has received a Kindle for her participation in The U.S. Conference of Mayors' DollarWise Summer Youth Contest. Nayeli held an internship with The Center for Latino Progress this summer, and was one of 77 youth from the City of Hartford who participated in Contest. The Center for Latino Progress has participated in this contest for the last three years.

 “There is no better time to teach financial literacy than with a teen’s first job.  The Center for Latino Progress is proud of our student interns for opening bank accounts, learning about budgeting, and committing to financial literacy,” Says Yanil Teron, Executive Director for the Center for Latino Progress.   “This contest is a great way to help prepare young people for their future,” Tom Phillips, President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners further emphasized.

 Each year, The U.S. Conference of Mayors' DollarWise Campaign offers youth in summer programs the opportunity to win prizes for completing a set of online financial education modules that help them effectively manage their money, and save for the future. The modules are provided by BetterMoneyHabits.com and cover topics including: creating better money habits, setting a budget, understanding credit and debit cards, renting a place to live, creating an emergency fund, and saving for college. Youth also have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive final exam, based on the information provided in the Contest, to receive a personalized DollarWise certificate. The primary objective of the Contest is to provide youth with substantive financial education resources at the pivotal moment when they receive their first paycheck, either through a summer job, or through an alternative opportunity.

The DollarWise campaign, is administered through the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin is a member. 

Mayor Bronin is committed to the youth and future workforce of the city of Hartford in many programs including this summer youth employment program and the City’s Youth Service Corps.  Since taking office in 2015, Bronin has invested regularly in youth employment programming, leveraging state and foundation funds to further expand work opportunities for young people. In 2016, the Mayor allocated approximately $1 million enabling hundreds of youth in the region to have a work and learn experience. In Hartford, the community based agencies organizing programs were:  Artists Collective, Blue Hills Civic Association, Center for Latino Progress, Community Renewal Team and Our Piece of the Pie.   Capital Workforce Partners’ regional program is part of a larger, state-wide Summer Youth Employment program that also receives funding from the State of Connecticut and public and private Foundations.