Youth Employment Program

The Youth Employment Program provides special services to youth between the ages of 15 and 25 to assist them in achieving their educational and vocational goals. While working with peer advisors, youth clients interact with professional individuals who have similar paths, perspectives, and educational goals by providing referrals to supportive services, workshops, career coaching, employment preparation, and other training and community outreach efforts.

The Initiative assist youth in attaining their goals through a variety of services:

  • Peer advising allows youth clients to interact with professional individuals having similar paths and perspectives as they identify their occupational interests and develop career goals.
  • Referrals to supportive services as necessary based on individual needs assessment of youth clients for the purpose of empowering clients to overcome barriers in pursuit of their educational and vocational goals. This may include but not limited to transportation, child care, housing assistance and clothing community resources.
  • Education & Career Coaching with the guidance of the youth specialists, clients will receive one-on-one guidance on educational/vocational opportunities for the purpose of focusing on higher education as the primary vehicle to be a productive member of society and to be a competitive job seeker
  • Employment Preparation & Assistance through the providing of job search tools such as resume preparation, interview preparation, employer expectations, customized job search, and other skills needed to be a successful job seeker in the local labor market. Please note: this is not a job placement or “summer youth work experience” program.
  • YEOP Workshops that prepare students with team building and communication skills enabling them to be successful in any employer’s hiring process. Workshops topics include but are not limited to résumé writing, mock interviews, computer literacy, properly completing job applications, and more.
  • Referral to training providers including Regional Occupational Programs, General Educational Development Test centers with the purpose of receiving their High School Diploma or GED, and post-secondary education.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible youth include individuals, ages 15 through 25, who are at risk of not achieving their educational goals and who are current high school students; college students; high school dropouts; and/or at risk of dropping out from school. In addition, youth who fall under any of the characteristics below may also be found eligible:

  • Youth Offender
  • Poor literacy skills
  • Teen parent
  • Limited English skills
  • Foster or homeless youth
  • Gang member/associate
  • Member of a minority group
  • Economically disadvantaged
  • Youth with a disability

Youth who may not necessarily fit under any criteria above may still be eligible for services upon assessment. Youth are also encouraged to contact their nearest America’s Job Center of Connecticut to inquire about other youth services available in their area.

For more information contact Michael Uchalid, Employment Specialist/Student Mentor

Direct: 860-940-7001


Hire Diversity for Connecticut is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.