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Summer Youth Employment Programs \| Young Adult Job Training \| CRT

Employment and Training

Fatherhood Group / Real Fathers, Real Men

Interested in becoming a better father?

Real Fathers, Real Men is a support group for men who want to become better fathers. Certified by the CT Department of Social Services, Real Fathers, Real Men teaches fathers what it means to be a good father, partner and husband. This all male support group works towards meeting their family responsibilities, obtaining meaningful work, repaying child support and bonding with family members. CRT provides help with job searches and job leads, and participants have access to CRT's full range of programs and services.

Group discussions focus on family issues such as money matters, dealing with the courts, anger management, bonding, improving communication, relationship and parenting skills  and relationships and much more. Weekly meetings are held in Hartford. No appointment is needed. 

To Apply
Fathers and men over the age of 18 who want to become better fathers can call (860) 761-7900 for more information about the program.

For more information
Fatherhood Initiative
Address: 330 Market Street, Hartford
Telephone: (860) 761-7900
[email protected]
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm

Additional Details
Individual case management and educational programs.

Middlesex Youth Development

Meaningful experiences prepare Middlesex County and Meriden youth and young adults for the world of work


Offers Middlesex County and Meriden youth a chance to prepare for career training, real work experience and help with all aspects of life socially and educationally. Youth receive training in life skills, career and employability development.  Opportunities are available for work placement and occupational skills training. 
Young people already out of school go to work, get job training or participate in Certificate programs. Participants can earn a variety of certificates including: Certified Nursing Assistant, EMT, Phlebotomy Technician, Security Guard Certificate and Human Services certificate.

To Apply
Interview with CRT program coordinator and take a reading and math test. Interviews will take place with the Workforce Alliance, as part of the certification process. 

Call (860) 347-6924 to set up a meeting. Referrals are accepted all year. Income limits apply. 

Young adults must

  • Be 16 to 24 years old
  • Live in Middlesex County
  • Meet income limits
  • Have not attended school for at least the most recent school quarter

Bring the following paper work to the meeting:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of residency
  • 2 pay stubs, if worked in the last 6 months provide last 2 paystubs
  • Copy of high school diploma or drop out letter

For more information
Middlesex Youth Development
Address: 393 Main Street, Middletown
Telephone: (860) 347-6924
[email protected]
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm

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Additional Details
Employment and training services, occupational skills development, work readiness, basic skills, and support based on individual needs.

CRT's SNAP Outreach Program

Apply for SNAP benefits to provide healthy food for your family

Are You Getting SNAP benefits?

CRT's SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach is available to anyone living on a low or fixed income that is currently living in Hartford County or Middlesex County. SNAP can put more food on your table!
CRT's SNAP Outreach will:
1) Screen you for SNAP eligibility
2) Assist you with an SNAP application
3) Submit your SNAP application to DSS/ConneCT website for you
4) Follow up throughout the SNAP process 
You will be able to securely access your SNAP account, view information, update information and upload any new documents needed for your DSS benefits through the DSS/ConneCT website
NOTE: All services are free and confidential. 
To speak to an outreach specialist, please call: 
Hartford County 860-560-5765
Middlesex County 860-347-4465 ext. 227
CRT’s SNAP Outreach Program helps low-income families apply for SNAP benefits, which will help them purchase foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, they need for good health. Through its outreach efforts, CRT works with local agencies, advocates, employers, community and faith-based organizations, and others to reach out to eligible low-income families who are not currently participating in SNAP and share information about the nutrition benefits of the program and to help them make an informed participation decision.

To Apply

If you are currently not receiving SNAP benefits, and would like to do so, please come to our office at Wethersfield Avenue, or give us a call. 

For more information
SNAP Outreach Program
Address: 395 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford
Telephone: (860) 560-5765
[email protected]
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm


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Additional Details
Job training and searches, educational opportunities, vocational opportunities, assessment, community service, career counseling, work experiences and jobs.

Summer Youth Employment

Explore careers in the Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program

The Community Renewal Team Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program (SYELP), provided in partnership with Capital Workforce Partners, will seek to serve eligible students in the city of Hartford for summer employment. The SYELP is a work and learn program designed to provide participants with career development skills through experience in work placement. This program operates for five weeks in July and August.

Please note that the funding for this program has not been confirmed and space is likely to be very limited. All eligible applicants are welcome to apply through the link below. No applicants are guaranteed admission to the program.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

Please review the below eligibility requirements before completing the application. All eligible applicants must complete the Summer Youth Employment Application to be considered for the program.

Applicants must be a resident of Hartford.

Applicants must be able to show document age verification (must be between 14-21 years old as of July 1, 2018.)

Applicants must be available in the months of July and August

Applicants must be able to attend an intake interview session on one of the available dates with a parent/guardian (if under 18 years old).

To prepare for this year’s SYELP we ask that the youth gather pertinent documents prior to attending our intake sessions that will be happening soon:

School transcript or report card

Proof of school attendance

Social Security Card (no copies)

Birth Certificate (no copies)

Photo ID (school or State ID)


Proof of address (school correspondence, utility bill, Photo ID, and/or state document)

Please find below the link to the online pre-application process. Please ensure that your email address is correct and checked regularly.

Thank you again for your inquiry and interest in the 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program. For questions email Cynthia Baisden, Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

I've reviewed the Eligibility Requirements: Click HERE Apply Now!


For more information
Summer Youth Employment Program
Address: 1443 Main Street, Hartford
Telephone: (860) 560-5308 Ext. 227
Fax: (860) 560-5331
[email protected]
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm

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Learn new skills, find a job or start a career with CRT   

CRT provides career counseling and job training programs for youth and adults from Middlesex and Hartford counties. Some programs offer educational support, life skills, and case management services during the school year. Summer youth employment is available in Hartford and Middlesex counties.

For more information, select the program(s) that most fits your need:

For Adults

For Youth and Young Adults

Are You Getting SNAP benefits?
CRT's SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach is available to anyone living on a low or fixed income that is currently living in Hartford County or Middlesex County. SNAP can put more food on your table! Find out more about CRT's SNAP Outreach Program