The Youth Committee Mission

"The Youth Committee provides proactive leadership and advocacy for integrated quality education, training and employment experiences for, by and with youth."

The Youth Committee – Who We Are

The Workforce Alliance Youth Committee is a network of members representing youth service organizations and agencies in South Central CT. In addition, the Youth Committee includes high school members who bring fresh vision and bright young minds to the development of youth employment and training policies. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) created Youth Committees as part of each local Workforce Investment Board (Workforce Alliance).

2015-2016 Youth Committee Membership

Shirley Brinkley
Regional Systems Development Manager
CT Department of Children and Families

Michael V Buccilli
Director of Counseling and Student Success
Gateway Community College

Paul F. Flinter
Adult Education Director
Wallingford Board of Education

Juan Fontanez
Youth Program Specialist

Juan Fontanez, Jr.
Student – Wintergreen Magnet School

Tom Gaudioso
Green Jobs Coordinator
Common Ground High School

Barbara Green

James Ieronimo (Chair)
Executive Director
United Way of Meriden-Wallingford

Erik Jones
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
State of Connecticut
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

Denise Keating
Manager Youth Services Division
City of Meriden

Catherine Lezon
Community Relations and Economic Development
CT Light & Power/Yankee Gas/Northeast Utilities

Lorenzo Marshall
Middlesex Chamber of Commerce

Sandra Mello
Job Center Director
Hamden Job Center

Mary Ann O’Brien
Education Career & Tech Ed Coordinator
New Haven Board of Education

Jennifer Quaye
Student/Quinnipiac University

Kaliuha Spears
Youth Program Specialist

Tomi Veale
Youth@Work Coordinator
City of New Haven

Renee Venturino
Business and Community Liaison
New Haven Job Corps Center

Maureen Wagner
Education Consultant
CT State Department of Education