Our Piece of the Pie (OPP®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth with the key competencies needed to overcome barriers and succeed in education and employment. OPP’s unique model is centered on the personal and consistent relationship developed between each youth and a caring, committed and proactive adult staff member, a Youth Development Specialist. The Youth Development Specialist works together with the young person to identify their goals, and create a plan to address needs across personal, workforce, and academic development.
Formerly known as Southend Community Services, OPP® has been providing services to The Greater Hartford community since 1975. In 2005, the agency changed its name, mission and focus to support the underserved population of urban youth, ages 14-24.
Our pillars of success for youth are Youth Development, Academic Achievement and Workforce Readiness. Young people need support to develop skills and succeed in personal, academic, and employment goal setting, Healthy Habits: Life Skills and Financial Capabilities; options to learn and progress through alternative education opportunities, tutoring and homework help and stackable post-secondary certifications; and skills to Earn & Learn through career competency development training, service learning projects and internship and job placement.
OPP incorporates best practices and uses real-time, integrated, youth-level data to hold itself accountable. Data and information is accessible to staff and stakeholders for analysis supporting improved services, operations, policies and outcomes for youth in Hartford.
OPP has successfully structured its services to help youth overcome systemic barriers, achieve a high school diploma or equivalent, obtain a college degree or vocational credential, and attain employment.