Careers of Our Lives "COOL" Directions Program

EASTCONN, in collaboration with New London Youth Affairs and Norwich Human Services, engages and prepares in-school youth from the Windham, Danielson, Norwich and New London areas (high school juniors or seniors aged 16-18 who meet the WIOA eligibility guidelines and have barriers to employment).

The program provides:

  • Academic support, career assessment, and transition planning
  • Career exploration and labor market information
  • Job placement/internship/work-based learning opportunities
  • Portfolios documenting all components of the COOL Directions Pipeline program
  • Financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills, basic skills in reading and math and life skills training
  • Youth mentorship with a caring adult
  • Leadership, communication and team-building skill development

An integral component of the COOL Directions program is the temporary paid internship experience. Participants will apply and be interviewed for individualized worksite internships that are related to the youth's career ladder/pipeline interests. These internships foster growth in work readiness skill development.

This program is sponsored by the Eastern Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) & EastConn.

Complete the 2023 Youth Employment / Cool Directions Program to get started!

Note: Offices for the Cool Teen Programs are located at 111 Union Street.

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