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On the job with 2016 Summer Youth Employment Participants

# Youth

Programs funded by Workforce Alliance provide South Central CT youth and young adults with career exploration and guidance, support for educational attainment, and opportunities for skills training for in-demand industries and occupations.

The ultimate goal is a good job with a clear career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education.

Our popular Summer Youth Employment Program helps over 1,000 South Central CT youth and young adults every year, and special programs offer additional options.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Programs are available?

Click on "School Based/In-School" or "Out-of-School" to see all programs and contacts. Complete the form to be contacted by staff.

Workforce Alliance funds programs directly within schools up to 12th grade (In-School) and for young adults who are no longer enrolled (Out of School). Both include include classroom and hands-on instruction and may result in an industry credential or employment. They also include (1) Financial Literacy; (2) Entrepreneurial skills training; (3) Labor market and employment information in the local area; (4) Help transitioning to post-secondary education and training; (5) Education with workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or industry.


Generally, finding the right program is first based on age and whether he or she is still in school, followed by meeting other criteria outlined below under More FAQs. For questions on eligibility, contact Aurora Grant at (203) 624-1493 x 246 or agrant@workforcealliance.biz.

How Do I Apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program?

Each year, Workforce Alliance and its partners in South Central CT provide paid work experience over summer vacation. Click on Summer Youth Employment to see our 2016 list of participating towns and organizations.



Workforce Alliance now offers 17-29-year-olds training and support services including internships and employer incentives to land jobs or move up into jobs like these in IT:

  • Software Developer (Applications and Systems Software)
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Cybersecurity Specialist

Eligible applicants must be permanent US residents, living in Connecticut, age 17-29, and out of high school. Those who are unemployed or underemployed working part-time, outside your chosen field or below your education level are encouraged to participate. Transportation assistance available.

Contact Career Navigator Matthew Reid for details: (203) 867-4030 x 287 or mreid@workforcealliance.biz or:

Click to Complete Inquiry Form and Attend an Information Session

Featured Partner: YouthBuild, New Haven

EMERGE YouthBuild is a USDOL funded pre-apprenticeship program offering crew members the opportunity to earn a weekly performance-based stipend while working towards attaining five construction credentials and a high school diploma. YouthBuild is actively recruiting for its 2017 spring class and encourages New Haven residents ages 17-24 who are disconnected from school or employment to apply. For more information or to apply, contact youthbuild@emergect.net or (203) 535-0940.

Looking to Partner?

Looking to partner on Youth programs, host a town-based program, or provide summer or year-round employment? Contact John Brancato at (203) 867-4030 x 237 or jbrancato@workforcealliance.biz.

Youth Committee

See the South Central CT leaders and partners who help guide our efforts and priorities.

Featured Resource: Get My Future

A mobile-friendly resource for career, training and job search resources for young adults from the U.S. Department of Labor.



More FAQs:

Who Qualifies For School-Based or "In-School" Programs?

1) Attending School; and

2) Age 14-21 years old; and

3) Within federally-mandated income guidelines; and

4) Demonstrates at least one of the following:

Basic skills deficient; English language learner; an ex-offender; homeless, runaway, in foster care or aged out of the foster care system; pregnant or parenting; an individual with a disability; person who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment.

What Does It Mean To Qualify As "Out-of-School"?

1) Not attending any school; and

2) Age 16-24 years old; and

3) Demonstrates at least one of the following:

School dropout; within age of compulsory attendance but has not attended for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter; holds a secondary school diploma or recognized equivalent and is low-income and is basic skills deficient or an English language learner; subject to the juvenile or adult justice system; homeless, runaway, in foster care or aged out of the foster care system, eligible for assistance under Section 477 of the Social Security Act, or in out-of-home placement; pregnant or parenting; an individual with a disability; low income person who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment.