Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce

Higher Education, Training, Employment for In-School Youth


Workforce Alliance provides funding for youth living in South Central CT between ages 14- 21 who are still in school to participate FREE in programs listed below to gain academic, career development, employment, leadership and occupational skills. Paid work experience, test prep, financial literacy, planning for higher education, and internships are often included, along with training and certifications.

Youth are referred by their current school to participate. Must be between the ages of 14 and 21, meet low-income guidelines, and meet one or more challenge definitions.

Workforce Alliance Funded Programs:

Children’s Community Program of CT, 446-A Blake Street, New Haven, CT.

Program Contact: Rosetta Washington (203) 786-6403 x 116

Provides in-school youth at least 18 years of age with work-based learning and in some cases skills training in health care or protective service. All students receive academic guidance and paid work experience.

Common Ground Green Job Corps, Common Ground High School, New Haven, CT

Program Contact: Joel Tolman (203) 389-4333 x 1214

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 from 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).

Hamden Public Schools limited internship program, Hamden, CT

Program Contact: Kara Andrews (203) 407-2040 x 5559

Hamden Public Schools Limited Internship Program provides an incentive to employers to train and hire students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged. 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 (RISE)

Program Contact: Carissa Conway, Director of Prevention and Intervention Services (203) 235-9297 x 131

In partnership with Meriden high schools, Chrysalis and the Meriden Chamber of Commerce, provides career exploration, academic coaching, skill development, leadership opportunities and work experience to eligible high school 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 the chance to gain an understanding of and exposure to the benefits of post-secondary education.