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Larson, Blumenthal, and Murphy Announce Federal Grants to Expand Job Opportunities for Hartford Youth

May 16, 2016
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy, and Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that Hartford’s Promise Zone YES! project was selected by the White House and the Department of Labor (DOL) as one of eleven recipients of Summer Jobs and Beyond grants. The Promise Zone YES! project is dedicated to supporting youth and development services for 275 young people in Hartford through partnerships with the Capital Workforce Partners, City of Hartford, Hartford Public Schools, and Connecticut State College & Universities.

“For so many of our most vulnerable young people, a first job provides more than pocketchange. It can mean learning valuable skills and fostering connections to help them build a foundation for a brighter future,” said Blumenthal, Murphy, and Larson. “We are thrilled that the White House and DOL selected the Promise Zone YES! project for this grant. Hundreds of children and young people in Hartford will now have the support they need to land their first job.”

The $21 million in Summer Jobs and Beyond grants will benefit 11 communities across the nation. Last year, Hartford’s North End was designated a Promise Zone, and given priority consideration for federal grant programs.