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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

Please be advised that at this point in time CRT has no current information available to the public regarding a 2018 summer youth employment program. Please check back on this site for upcoming information on the status of this program and when and how to apply. 

Additionally, we encourage you to contact your local legislative office(s) to inquire about budget funding and the need for this important program. 

Thank you for your interest in this 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. 

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, 2017.)
  • Applicants must be enrolled in school at the time they apply (up to grade 12) and must show document of school enrollment and attendance records.
  • Applicants must be available for the dates of July 17th through August 18th.
  • Applicants must be able to document income eligibility 
  • Applicants must be able to document work eligibility by submitting documentation that meets the requirements of the I-9 Form "List of Acceptable Documents"
  • 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). 
You will be contacted through email in the coming weeks if you have been selected for an intake interview. Please ensure that your email address is correct and checked regularly. 


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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Capital City YouthBuild Americorps

Earn while you learn! Youth gain real job skills and take home a pay check!

Young people from Hartford, ages 16-24, get paid to develop the skills for success. They can pursue a career in construction, food service or health care while completing high school or earning a GED. Graduates move into apprenticeships and jobs. Participants have access to CRT's full range of programs and services.

CRT Capital City YouthBuild program help young people gain real job skills in Connecticut every year. We welcome new host working sites. Contact us for details about the program (860) 560 - 5308. 

To Apply
There are two application periods: September to December and June to September.

Applicants must:

  • Live in Hartford
  • Be 16 – 24 years old
  • Meet income limits
  • Complete an application
  • Commit to a two-week orientation

Call (860) 560-5308 to schedule an interview, and attend a “pre-eligibility” session.

Bring the following to your first meeting:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of citizenship or legal alien status
  • School transcript showing enrollment in high school, drop out or GED completion
  • Wage stubs (individual and family members)

Program Location
1443 Main Street, Hartford
Phone: (860) 560-5308
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 8 am – 4 pm

For more information
Capital City YouthBuild
Address: 1443 Main Street, Hartford
Telephone: (860) 560-5308
[email protected]
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm

We offer equal opportunity to all persons and prohibit discrimination in selection and participation because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or sexual orientation, disability, or other non-merit factor.

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Additional Details
This program offers academic assessments and on-line high school completion; tutoring toward a GED or high school graduation; life skills, family dynamics, substance abuse counseling and intensive wrap around case management. Those pursuing construction track will train with a member of the Carpenters Union and receive OSHA 10,PACT (Pre-Apprentice Certificate Training) and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research)certifications. The Certified Nursing Assistant program is offered through a partnership with Capital Community College. Participants interested in culinary arts will acquire food safety trainings including ServSafe®, and work experience in cafeteria and restaurant settings.

Trainers are certified by the:
    • Home Builders Institute to provide Pre-Apprentice Certification Training (PACT)
    • American Red Cross to deliver CPR training
    • CT Department of Labor to perform OSHA 10 training