Community Resources


Positive Youth Development

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a research-based approach that guides communities in the way they organize supports and opportunities so that young people can develop to their full potential. More often, it is an approach led by youth-serving organizations and programs to improve their effectiveness and co-create better outcomes with and for youth.

Who Should Attend?

Positive Youth Development (PYD) training is for everyone that interacts (in any capacity) with youth and young adults.

  • Human Service Providers
  • Civic Leaders
  • Faith Communities
  • Social Workers
  • Schools
  • Business Partners
  • Media Personnel
  • Youth Service Workers
  • State Agencies

Training topic areas include:

  • Principles of PYD
  • Puberty and Adolescence
  • Youth and Technology
  • Youth Development Programming
  • Youth Voice and Engagement
  • Youth Work Ethics
  • Implication & Implementation of Practice

For more information about PYD training, contact PYD@opp.org or pyd@mypeople-ct.com

This training along with the accompanying practice guide was developed in collaboration with Cornell University.  Collaborating partners for this project are The Department of Children and Families (DCF), My People Clinical Services and our Piece of the Pie (OPP).

Community Competitions

Positive Youth Development Pitch Competition Deadline is September 9th. Visit pydpitchvompetition.rsvpify.com 
for more information! 
To schedule a one-on-one coaching session with OPP Supervisor of Youth Development Services, Kim Beale click here.  



National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255 or dial 988

211 of Connecticut
Do you need assistance finding emergency housing, paying your rent or utilities bill, finding a shelter or food pantry?Visit their website or call 211 and ask to speak to a Youth Navigator.

Talk it out CT
For Parents and caregivers who need someone to understand, listen and talk their feelings out with. 

Provides a list of local food pantries for the Hartford community

SNAP Benefits
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers food benefits to CT residents.

Shelter Housing
A list of housing resources for the Hartford Community

Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA)
CCA offers legal services to young people. Visit their website or call 860-570-5327

The DMV offers IDs, Licences, Car Registration and more.


Planned Parenthood

Hartford Public Schools Health Services
Find dental information, telehealth and other resources for Hartford students.

State of Connecticut Health Insurance
Apply, login and see if you qualify for HUSKY health or any other state insurance plans

The Village
Connect with a therapist, physician or care coordinator. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay.


Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective
Where youth can find health & support services, information about community events, groups and other services.

Changing Faces LLC
This is where youth apart of the LGBTQ community can find resources for gender diverse young adults whether it be homeless, therapy, or events in the community.

Kamora’s Cultural Corner
This is page is for cultural humanity through a black queer Afrocentric perspective


Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program (SYELP)
For youth ages 14-24. Explore career opportunities and paid work experience each summer.

Hartford American Job Center
3580 Main St Hartford, CT 06120
Phone: 860-256-3700 

W4 Federal Tax Form (PDF)

W4 CT State Income Tax Form (PDF)


Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Scholarships
Offers scholarship opportunities for 2-year, 4-year, vocational school, graduate school and more!

Federal student Aid for college or graduate school

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