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CRT’s Summer Youth Employment Program has 190 Students Seeking Job Opportunities with Hartford-area Employers – at No Cost to the Business!

Looking for Reliable, Hard-Working Employees This Summer?

Calling all employers based in Hartford! Do you need reliable help this summer? The Community Renewal Team (CRT), in conjunction with Capital Workforce Partners, can line you up with a student employee for the summer at absolutely NO COST to your business.

Through CRT’s Summer Youth Employment Program, more than 190 students – ages 15 – 21 – will have meaningful employment opportunities in Hartford this summer; but to make that happen, additional employers are needed to help give these students a memorable experience with their first real job.

And the best part of all? There is no cost to employers for participating in this program – all of the participants are paid through a grant provided by Capital Workforce Partners, the City of Hartford, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the State of Connecticut.

This year, CRT is seeking businesses of all sizes to host CRT’s summer youth program participants. In-demand industries include: healthcare, manufacturing, construction and engineering, information technology, and retail. Businesses from other sectors, including nonprofits and schools, are also welcome to participate.

“For many of the students selected to be in this program, this is their first paid work experience, and this program offers them valuable experience about how to be successful in the workforce,” says Cynthia Baisden, Program Manager for CRT’s Summer Youth Employment Program. “They learn about what is expected of them when working every day, and they see what it takes to be an integral part of a company or organization.” 

CRT’s Summer Youth Employment Program is a unique opportunity that provides jobs in the public and private sectors to young adults each year during the summer months. The participants work between 24 – 40 hours a week (a maximum of 120 hours per participant) during July and August for five weeks.

CRT administers the payroll for the students enrolled in the program, and maintains their workers compensation coverage. Additionally, CRT provides a case manager who meets with employers at least twice a week throughout the summer.

Young adults and teens participating in the program acquire skills needed for job readiness, leadership development, decision making, on-the-job training, and much more. 

After completing the program, most in-school youth will return to school for the fall, and many out-of-school youth will either pursue a college education or look to enter the workforce full time. Employers may also choose to hire the summer youth after their completion of the program.

Businesses that want to bring on young adult employees this summer need to confirm their interest in participation by June 30, 2019

A “Job Fair” for all students accepted into the program will be held on July 8, 2019 at CRT’s offices in Hartford to allow prospective employers to meet with candidates and determine the best fit for their businesses.

For more information, and to become an employer with CRT’s Summer Youth Employment Program, please contact: Cynthia Baisden, Program Manager at: 860-729-0327, or send email to:   





Community Renewal Team, Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency for Middlesex and Hartford Counties and is the largest non-profit provider of human services in Connecticut. The agency’s mission is “Preparing Our Community to Meet Life’s Challenges.” The mission is achieved each day by helping people and families become self-sufficient while making sure basic needs are met. CRT’s programs include Early Care and Education, Meals on Wheels, energy assistance, supportive housing and shelters, and many others, serving people in more than 60 cities and towns in both our core catchment area and throughout Connecticut.