Summer Youth Employment and Learning Programs

The Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program (SYELP) has special significance in our community — giving young people the chance to earn a paycheck while building the experience and the skills that are necessary for success in college and careers. The SYELP boosts graduation rates and college enrollment, providing know-how, confidence and tangible skills.

Our goals are straightforward: to provide summer employment opportunities in a variety of industries and vocations; to increase community engagement by recruiting a variety of business partners, sponsors, and educational institutions; to guide students in the transition from short-term summer employment to long-term employment; and to provide professional development and networking opportunities for participating students, increasing their college and career readiness. As a city, we’ve made summer youth employment a priority. We’re proud to partner with the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Capital Workforce Partners and many incredible business, organizations, and individuals who are working diligently to ensure that we can continue to give young people in Hartford this critical summer work experience.

We’re inspired by the dedication of our young people and grateful for everyone involved in this collaborative effort. Thank you to everyone who makes this program a success.

Luke A. Bronin


The application will be open through May 1st, so you will have plenty of time to apply! 

Click here to download the application help guide.


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