Over 500 Hartford youth, between the ages of 14-18, celebrated the accomplishment of gainful summer employment coordinated through Workforce Development at Our Piece of the Pie®,Inc.(OPP®). The celebration was held on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 20-28 Sargeant Street, Hartford, CT, 06105.
In the past, OPP has celebrated with youth in public parks, but this year the organization hosted a Block Party on Hartford’s Sargeant Street between Garden and Huntington Street. This year, the Block Party was for not only for the program participants, but also for neighborhood and local community members,to partake in as well. The Block Party featured many local food and craft vendors, as well as a Talent Showcase. In addition to the vendors and showcase, organizations like The Mobile CPR Project and Charter Oak Health Center’s Mobile Unit educated the youth and other attendees on important life skills.
Over 500 youth worked this summer at various job sites, gaining important life and job proficiencies, including the development of a resume. There were over 400 youth working for area businesses and organizations including TJ Maxx, Shop Rite, and CVS, among many others.
“Summer Youth Employment placements truly are invaluable when it comes to giving the youth the opportunity to acquire significant work and life skills,” says Bob Rath, OPP President & CEO at OPP. “Not only that, but also it engages young people in a learning experience that is fun. We hope it has had an educating effect on them, teaching them about teamwork and the importance of coming to work every day.”
The Summer Youth Employment Learning Program was funded by Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), the region’s workforce investment board – Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today.