Resources & Publications: Hartford
Dec 15, 2013
| Kisha Bird
Opportunity Says It All: How Five Communities Are Supporting the Transformation, Education and Employment Success of Young Black Men.
This report describes how select stakeholders in five communities (community/systems leaders, youth development/
case management staff, and young black men) articulate and define success for disconnected and off-track young black men; discusses how communities have designed interventions and supportive policies for disconnected and offtrack youth; lays out successful approaches and interventions that attract young men into programs and offers examples that address the needs of young black men; and highlights barriers to employment faced by young black men and the strategies utilized by workforce systems and programs to get them employed.
Mar 09, 2010
| Sara Hastings, Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt, and Linda Harris
Building a Comprehensive Youth Employment Delivery System: Examples of Effective Practice
Many communities have shown tremendous commitment to youth employment. The return on investment and effort, however, can be greatly multiplied if federal youth funds, discretionary funding, resources from other youth serving systems, and community resources are brought together to build comprehensive youth employment system. Key elements of such a system include: a strong convening entity, an effective administrative agent, a well-trained case management arm, strong partnerships across systems that serve youth, and high quality work experience and career exposure.
Mar 05, 2010
| Kisha Bird and Chris Scott
Youth Opportunity Community Profile: Hartford
In 2000, Hartford was awarded a $28 million Youth Opportunity (YO) Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, YO! Hartford. This fact sheet outlines the lessons, legacy and impact YO had on community practice in the city of Hartford. The Hartford site served as an example of how collaborations and partnerships can increase educational options for under-credited, over-aged students and for those who have dropped out of school.
Jul 28, 2009
| Sara Hastings
Putting Youth to Work Series: Examples of Effective Practice in Disconnected Communities, Hartford
There are several communities that are working effectively to address pressing youth issues. Their approach and lessons learned can be a guide for other communities seeking to improve outcomes for their youth populations. CLASP is committed to highlighting these effective practices in particular communities around the country and have initiated a series focused on youth employment service delivery. This profile highlights examples of the approaches used in Hartford.
Jun 30, 2007
| Sara Hastings
CCRY Network 2007 Summer Meeting Summary: Increasing Employer Engagement - Facing the Challenges and Realities
The agenda for the day-and-a-half session consisted of: a panel on apprenticeship and pipeline models highlighting ways to develop partnerships with business to create real-life work opportunities for youth; a presentation and discussion on competencies and credentials: how they can be used to support and increase employer engagement; and creating an action agenda to build employer engagement and pipelines. This summary highlights efforts in these areas in Hartford, CT, and the state of Massachusetts.
Nov 13, 2006
| Linda Harris with Charles Modiano, consultant
Making the Juvenile Justice - Workforce System Connection for Re-entering Young Offenders: A Guide for Local Practice
This guidebook is designed to provide advice from the field to communities who are interested in pursuing more formal connections--or strengthening existing connections--between the workforce and justice systems. It draws on experiences in eight communities and focuses on on-the-ground challenges and solutions related to blending the cultures, adapting programming, engaging employers, and meeting performance.
Feb 16, 2006
| Linda Harris
Learning from the Youth Opportunity Experience: Building Delivery Capacity in Distressed Communities
In 2000, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded significant Youth Opportunity (YO) Grants to 36 high-poverty urban, rural, and Native American communities. The grants were designed to serve all young people in these areas, regardless of income or connection to school or work. Communities were required to assess and integrate existing youth-serving systems and agencies to support education, work exposure, youth development, and other services for young people. Despite evidence of considerable community accomplishments, the YO grants were ended in 2005. This report, based on a survey of 22 of the 36 sites, examines the approaches' strengths, challenges, and lessons learned, and offers recommendations for policy and practice. The appendix of this report contains a brief description of the collaborative efforts in which these YO communities were engaged.