According to Hartford’s Mayor Bronin, “the single most powerful tool for building a better future for Hartford is to help give Hartford’s young people opportunities for meaningful employment.”
Envisioned as a major part of a city-wide plan addressing the lack of employment and other opportunities for Hartford youth, the Youth Service Corps (YSC) gives youth a meaningful way to work and serve, while earning a wage.
Designed to work with youth most in-need, the YSC aims to:
Since 2016, Our Piece of the Pie has partnered with the City of Hartford to implement the Youth Service Corps. Components include:
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.