Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative (HOYC)

Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative is chaired by the Mayor of Hartford and made up of leaders in education, youth development, and workforce development committed to addressing the needs of Opportunity Youth. This collective impact effort will help these youth obtain their high school diploma, continue their education, and find employment.

Vision & Mission

Vision: Hartford Youth are educated, employed, and self-sufficient.

Mission: To design and implement a full-scale, multi-year, comprehensive plan to improve the quality of life outcomes for Opportunity Youth (OY).

Through collective impact, we are implementing strategies to empower youth leaders, enhance and expand effective career pathways, use Results-Based Accountability to inform decision-making and assess progress, and support policies to scale up and sustain this work.


HOYC is chaired by the Mayor of Hartford and comprised of leaders in youth and workforce development committed to developing a full-scale, multi-year, comprehensive plan to address the needs of Opportunity Youth in the region.

Members include:
Achieve Hartford!
ANT Business Concepts
Asnuntuck Community College
Billings Forge Community Works
Blue Hills Civic Association
Boys and Girls Club of Hartford
Capital Community College
Capital Workforce Partners
Capitol Region Education Council
Career Resources/STRIVE
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford
Center for Children’s Advocacy
Center for Latino Progress
Chrysalis Center
City of Hartford
COMPASS / Peacebuilders
CT Association of Human Services
CT Central State University
CT Department of Children and Families
CT Department of Corrections
CT Judicial Branch (Court Support Services Division)
CT Juvenile Justice Alliance
CT State Colleges and Universities
Hartford Adult Education
Hartford Behavioral Health
Hartford Communities That Care
Hartford Consortium for Higher Education
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Hartford Job Corps
Hartford Police Department
Hartford Public Library
Hartford Public Schools
Hispanic Health Council
JAG Connecticut
Leadership Greater Hartford – Third Age Initiative
Metro Hartford Alliance
Move Up!
Our Piece of the Pie
Project Longevity
The Village for Children and Families
United Way of Central and Northeastern CT
Urban League of Greater Hartford
Wheeler Clinic
Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford
YMCA of Greater Hartford
YWCA Hartford Region


HOYC Youth Training & Employment Navigation Tool

The HOYC Youth Training & Employment Navigation Tool is designed to promote access and engagement for disconnected youth in the Greater Hartford region. The Tool will be available on the HOYC website, United Way 211, and elsewhere with mobile compatibility.

Youth will complete a brief survey relating to educational needs, career interests, and desired services. The Tool will then direct youth to a list of programs and services provided by HOYC partners that is tailored to the youth’s individual survey responses.

Each listed program/service will have a contact link that is directly connected to a point person at the partner organization who is responsible for rapidly reaching out to the youth in response to a referral from the Tool. Once a connection is established between the youth and the service provider, youth will either be enrolled into programming or referred to other services with a ‘warm’ handoff from the initial point of contact to other staff persons.

*It is important to note that in order for your HOYC Navigation Tool results to be saved, you must first create a 2-1-1 Account. If you do not want to save your results, you will not need to create a 2-1-1- Account.

Download Informational Handbook

If you believe in giving young people the opportunity to become part of the world of work please consider making a donation today to help us support Youth Employment.

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Youth & Young Adults

Ages 14-24