Even as Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) last week celebrated its “Workforce Stars” – including outstanding students going directly from high school internships into jobs – a new two-year federal grant will slate 275 more North Hartford youth for employment support over the next two years.  These developments send important signals about the power of partnerships.

CWP brought the New York Times and Planet Money commentator Adam Davidson here to speak about the future of work, and also honored local students.

A few days later, the District announced that it has joined the City, CWP, the Blue Hills Civic Association and Connecticut State Colleges & Universities to implement a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to promote youth employment in North Hartford.

The Promise Zone YES! grant announced Friday will provide development, support and employment for 275 North Hartford youth over the next two years.

As HPS Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez put it, “The establishment of the North Hartford Promise Zone and now Promise Zone Youth Employment for Success that we celebrate today creates a nexus for education, youth and workforce development.”  It is badly needed.


Mayor Luke Bronin, Congressman John Larson, and Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal were key to this new internship augmentation, the superintendent emphasized.