Workforce Readiness

Young People need the skills to Earn & Grow

  • Learn how to get and keep a job
  • Service-Learning Projects
  • Internships
  • Job Placement

Hartford Youth Service Corps

The Youth Service Corps (YSC) was envisioned by Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to address the lack of employment opportunities for Hartford youth.  Since 2016, OPP has partnered with the City of Hartford to implement the YSC.

Members of the YSC will participate in:

  • Paid Service Learning Projects
  • Educational Supports
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Goal Setting
  • Personal Development Workshops

Every young person that enters into the YSC is integrated with OPP’s personal development, academic achievement, and workforce readiness services. 

The YSC connects youth to their community through paid service learning projects including

  • Seasonal yard cleanup for Hartford homebound
  • Preparation of non-perishable items at FoodShare events
  • Operation of The Carousel at Bushnell Park
  • Community Garden Projects
  • Hartford Community Beautification Initiatives

… and more!

Total Wages Earned by HYSC Youth
$ 0
Justice Involved Youth enrolled over 7 years
demonstrated positive behavioral Change
0 %
Community Service Project Partners
Re-engaged in High School
0 %
promoted to next grade level
0 %
transitioned to post-secondary
0 %
Completed Career Competency Development Training
0 %
Employment Attainment
0 %


I came to OPP because I knew I needed to focus on myself and my future. Within weeks of being at OPP, I started my job at CVS. Since then, I've been able to earn my guard card and I'm excited to start looking into colleges and continuing my education. If you're determined and have the passion, you will succeed!

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Kim Johnson

Senior Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives

ext. 7347

Kim Johnson joined Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) in January 2024. She has spent her career in the nonprofit sector. Kim brings over 35 years of experience in fund development, youth development, capacity building, and volunteer management. Most recently, Kim served as Chief Youth Development Officer and previously as Chief Development and Marketing Officer for LifeBridge Community Services in Bridgeport. She has also worked for United Way and multiple Girl Scout Councils. All of these organizations worked to increase the capacity and resilience of both the clients and communities they served. Kim is passionate about filling the opportunity gap for youth.

In her role as Senior Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives, Kim will use her experience and skills to increase OPP’s visibility as well as financial and community resources to support and expand our mission.

Kim earned her Master of Public Administration with a nonprofit concentration from Indiana University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies – Program Management from University of Illinois. She completed her certificate in Fund Raising Management with the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.