Summer break means summer jobs for young people in the Hartford area. On Monday the Community Renewal Team (CRT) held their job fair for their Summer Youth Employment Program.
“Today is an awesome day. All of the employers that said they would collaborate with us and hire our youth for the summer are actually here to interview the youth,” said Cynthia Baisden, the program manager.
Young people between the ages of 14 to 21 years old will get professional experience in Hartford and East Hartford through the six-week summer program. This year there are double the amount of students and until a week and a half ago, not enough businesses were signed up to help out. After NBC Connecticut brought attention to the issue, employers came pouring in.
“We have 190 kids here today, they are meeting with perspective employers from all across Hartford and East Hartford to learn about the job opportunities they will have this summer. All of the kids who go through interviews today, they will be placed with a job that they go to on Monday and then they will be with us working for the next 6 weeks,” said Jason Black, the Strategic Communication Specialist for CRT.
CRT gets their funding from outside partners, then manages the program and the payroll. The students get paid to work and it doesn’t cost the businesses a thing. In the end, the payoff is priceless.
“It's amazing, it teaches you skills to be independent and it teaches you leadership skills, communication - social skills, it is just an amazing experience to have,” said 17-year-old Maya Sanabria.
Sanabria is going into her third year in the program and just graduated from high school. She said the program has changed her life and she is hopeful it will only grow from here.
“They need to keep this going because it's great for us youth,” said Sanabria.
The following businesses are all hiring students in the program to work for the summer:
CRT - Behavioral Health Services
CRT – East Hartford Family Shelter (serves the homeless)
CRT - Community Services
CRT – HR Department
CRT – IT Department
CRT - McKinney Shelter (homeless shelter for men in Hartford)
CRT – Operations
CRT - The Retreat (assisted living facility)
CRT – Youth Artisan & Technology Center
CRT - Early Childhood Education
CRT – Finance Department
CRT – Nutrition (includes summer food programs for kids, along with Meals on Wheels for seniors)
CRT – Planning Department
CVS - Farmington Ave., Hartford
Greater Hartford Pro Am
Hartford Communities That Care
It's a Gee Thang
The Village for Children and Families
The West Indian Foundation Summer Academy
Wilson Gray YMCA
Hartford Public School - MD Fox Elementary School
Burlington Coat Factory
Community Matters, LLC
East Hartford Public Schools – Facilities
East Hartford Public Schools - IT Dept
East Hartford Public Schools - Outreach Dpt.
The Ultimate Shoebar
Young Educated & Determined to Succeed, Inc.
Town of East Hartford - Library
Town of East Hartford - Park & Rec
Town of East Hartford - Inspection & Permits