The Summer Youth Employment Learning Program (SYELP) provides work-based learning experiences that contribute to the youth’s future success in the workforce. The program provides career readiness development for youth between the ages of 14 and 24 through six-week summer jobs in high-demand sectors at several hundred work sites.
“Investing in Connecticut’s youth is about educating tomorrow’s workforce, keeping our state competitive and building upon our economic development strategies,” said State Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby. “This partnership has resulted in a program that does much more than employ youth during the summer; it prepares them for successful careers, promotes learning and responsibility, and fosters a stronger commitment to their communities.”
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The City of Hartford contributes $1 million, which supports several hundred Hartford youth in summer employment, with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving providing over $400,000 in support of an additional 195 Hartford youth.
“Being a part of SYELP has helped me develop a sense of responsibility. It also has helped me open doors to other job opportunities this summer. I hope to get more job experience to build my resume,” said D. Moscow, an SYELP participant.
SYELP is made possible through partnerships with several community-based organizations and employers in our region with support from the State of Connecticut Department of Labor, the City of Hartford, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, American Savings Foundation, and other funders.
This summer’s SYELP runs through Aug. 24.
To learn more about SYELP, visit www.capitalworkforce.org.