Programs Supporting Opportunity Youth

There is a multitude of programs that support Opportunity Youth. In Hartford specifically, there are fifteen (15) programs that are dedicated to providing these youth with the means to reintegrate into society by way of entering the school system or labor force. A few of these programs are listed below:

Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) Hartford

Blue Hills Civic Association Hartford

Capital Workforce Partners

Urban League of Greater Hartford

Center for Latino Progress

American Job Center

Career Resources

Community Renewal Team

Job Corps

Journey Home

Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA)

The Village

Workforce Solutions

Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)

Community Partners in Action

Services Provided

We have received aggregated data from five of these listed programs which we have used in our research analysis. These programs provide these youth with a variety of services to help them along their journey. The services they offer has been aggregated and they fall under the specific categories. These categories have been defined as follows:


Adult Education

Practice in which adults engage in systematic and sustained self-educating activities in order to gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values

Basic Skills

Individual or group instruction focusing on increasing literacy and numeracy skills; includes English as a second language instruction

Career Competency

Career readiness; skill development in areas such as job seeking, customer service, interpersonal and communication skills, personal qualities, problem-solving and decision making, and computer literacy

Entrepreneurial Training

Training on the basics of starting and operating a small business

Financial Literacy Education

Budgeting; opening bank accounts; managing spending, credit, debt; consumer rights education; credit reports; education on making informed financial decisions; identity theft education; money management; workshops

Follow up Services

Services provided after program completion/exit

Guidance and Counseling

Comprehensive guidance and counseling; behavioral health counseling; career awareness; career coaching; career exploration; career guidance; drug and alcohol abuse counseling; financial counseling; exposure to post-secondary educational possibilities; assistance enrolling in and transitioning to education and training

Individual Services Strategy

Objective assessment; career pathway identification; goal setting; goal progress

Integrated ed and training

Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster

Job development

Job search assistance; job coaching; job mentoring; job development; regular contact with a participant’s employer, including assistance in addressing work-related problems; assistance in securing a better paying job or further education or training; career pathway development; work-related peer support groups

Leadership development

Community and service learning projects; peer-centered activities, including peer mentoring and tutoring; organizational and teamwork training, including team leadership training; training in decision-making, including determining priorities and problem-solving; citizenship training, including life skills training such as parenting and work behavior training; civic engagement activities; youth leadership roles; job clubs; networking

Occupational skills training

An organized program of study that provides specific vocational skills that lead to proficiency in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at entry, intermediate, or advanced levels; On-the-job training; pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship training

Support services

Services that are provided that help Opportunity Youth complete the program they are in.

Work experience

Providing Opportunity Youth with work experience and helping them find jobs


Providing mentors to Opportunity Youth

Three of the listed categories, Support services, Work experience, and Mentoring, were not defined on the Data dictionary we had been provided by Hartford Data Collaborative. We have defined these categories as best as we could.

The five programs we have received data for are listed below:

Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) Hartford

Blue Hills Civic Association Hartford

Capital Workforce Partners

Urban League of Greater Hartford

Center for Latino Progress

These programs have served 1127 youth throughout Hartford, and these youth are divided throughout Hartford according to the location of the programs, as shown in the map above.

Deprecated: Directive 'allow_url_include' is deprecated in Unknown on line 0