The Connecticut Youth Employment and Training Program offers more than a summer job. It's an annual employment opportunity, where youth are trained in the skills that employers are seeking, including skills for health careers, worker safety, clerical, landscaping, human services, food preparation, and more.
Offered through the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with EASTCONN, Norwich Human Services and New London Youth Affairs, the Connecticut Youth Employment program is for eligible youth, ages 14 to 24, who reside in eastern Connecticut. Participants are paid minimum wage to work approximately 80-100 hours during July and August, and some internships continue longer. Internships may be in person or remote, and include trainings in pre-employability skills, such as resume writing, goal setting, career interests and lifestyle budgeting, as well as getting connected with their local community. The purpose of the program is to help youth obtain the skills needed for their career pathway.
The program serves youth in the following towns: New London, East Lyme, Groton, Mystic, Ledyard, Lyme, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington, and Waterford.
EWIB, local foundations, various CT State Departments, City of New London, and area partnerships fund the program. The program is pending, based on related funding.