Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce

Designed to Fit Your Goals: Higher Education, Training, Employment

Workforce Alliance provides funding to programs based in schools up to 12th grade to provide academic, career development, employment, leadership and occupational skills.

Paid work experience, test prep, financial literacy, planning for higher education, and internships are often included, as well as training and certifications. Youth ages 14-21 who are still in school, meet low-income guidelines, and are challenged in one or more additional ways can apply to participate in Workforce Alliance Youth programs FREE of charge.

Interested? Contact Program Partners listed below directly.

Workforce alliance school-based programs

Program Contact: Barbara Green (203) 498-6848
The ACES year-round youth program specifically targets and works with students between the ages of 16-21 with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Students attend either ACES Whitney High School North or ACES Whitney High School East in Hamden, CT. The program offers a continuum of academic, career development, employment, and support and transition services to eligible students. Students participate in summer and year-round activities while they complete their high school education requirements and earn a diploma.

Children’s Community Program of CT – In-School Youth Program

Program Contact: Donnell Hilton (203) 786-6403 Ext. 150
The Children’s Community Program of CT plans to serves in-school youth in grades 11 through 12. Many of the participants have been or are involved in the juvenile justice system. Services will be provided at the Blake Street Leadership Academy site located at 446-A Blake Street, New Haven, CT. Referrals will be made through arrangements with the Street Outreach Worker Program, New Haven Police Department, and the New Haven Board of Education. Students will receive academic guidance/counseling and paid work experiences during the year. Some participants will enroll in occupational skills training in specialized fields of construction or protective service.

Common Ground Green Job Corps
Contact: Tom Gaudioso (203) 389-0823 Ext. 1209
Common Ground Green Job Corps’ year-round program will provide assistance to youth with real work, opportunities for learning and leadership, and individualized supports that will help them succeed. The focus is for participants to gain work-based learning experiences with an emphasis on Green Jobs. Work experience activities are the defining feature of the Green Job Corps. Students may select three out of eight possible jobs programs (Youth Crew, Environmental Leaders Corps, Solar Youth, URI Green Skills Interns, City Seed’s Farmer’s Market Outreach, Garden Resource Center, Schoolyard Habitat Crew and New Haven Farms Educators).

Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc.
Program Contact: Chaka Felder McEntire (203) 498-1087
The year-round Higher Heights Program emphasizes the need for a post-secondary education for high school students in the New Haven area. The main goals are to improve the rate of students completing high school with a diploma and also increase the rate of college applicants/attendees. There are a large variety of workshops and classes to assist participants, including SAT/PSAT test preparation, information regarding financial aid and loans, and filling out applications for college admissions. Students participate in campus visits, something they might not otherwise get the chance to do if not for this program.

Hamden Public Schools
Program Contact: Stephanie Critch (203) 407-2040 Ext. 5559
The Hamden Public Schools Limited Internship Programprovides an incentive to employers to train and hire students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged as identified by receiving special education services. This program provides students with individualized job development, training structure and job coaching in a year-round supported program. Students enrolled in the Limited Internship Program have ongoing career development and are placed into work experience activities after school.

Women and Families Center – Project REACH In-School Empowerment
Program Contact: Carissa Conway, Director of Prevention and Intervention Services (203) 235-9297 x126
Women and Families Center leads a partnership with Meriden High Schools, Chrysalis and the Meriden Chamber of Commerce to provide career exploration, academic coaching, skill development, leadership opportunities and work experience to eligible juniors and seniors who have exhibited truancy or are at risk of dropping out of school. Students also have the opportunities for career exploration in fields of interest to them, and chances to gain an understanding of and exposure to the benefits of post-secondary education.