Although many companies and non-profit organizations have come and gone, after half a century, the Blue Hills Civic Association (BHCA) is still going, and growing, strong! For fifty-five years, Blue Hills Civic Association, Hartford’s longest-standing neighborhood civic association, has been a stable and steady leader in developing Hartford’s Blue Hill community.
BHCA was created as a result of grassroots advocacy among parents, neighborhood community leaders and other stakeholders to better address community concerns such as safe neighborhoods and to have a voice in the decision-making process of local government.BHCA has undertaken a vast number of community organization actions in a wide range of civic issues—sustaining home ownership, improving parks and recreational services, improving senior services, parent engagement in education, job training and placement, summer youth employment, and getting out the vote for school board and local elections.
This track record has given continuity to our constituents, from students and homeowners to merchants and neighborhood schools. We have expanded our reach into all of Hartford’s neighborhoods to address the needs of homeowners, businesses, and youth and families. Each year we build on the success of the past while creating new programs and innovative solutions to challenging problems. read more
“The Program helped me become a better person. It helped me become more open…….especially with my family.”Chince Wilson
“ The BHEST program surrounded me with people that cared about my future.”Clarrisa Gadson
“Without Blue Hills Civic in my life none of my success would have been possible.”Jemuel East
On Saturday, April 1 st , BHCA worked with our partner, the Rawson Lighthouse School, to bring the Hartford community the First Annual Whole Family, Whole Health Clinic. Spearheaded by Ms. Sherri Hall, a Rawson teacher, we joined up with Ms. Regina Dyton’s staff and UCONN interns from the Children’s Advocacy Center at St. Francis, Mr. Kenny Perry, and Ms. Patricia Johnson to provide a full day of information and activities highlighting healthy eating, sound emotional health and body safety.
Thirty families began the day with a healthy continental breakfast, followed by a welcome from Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, and a lively team challenge. Kenny Perry regaled the group with a challenge to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. The children were then separated into clusters by grades and gender for workshops and films on Body Safety and how and to whom to report inappropriate touching. A second round of workshops addressed empowerment for girls and anger management for boys.
While the children were in their workshops, parents convened in the auditorium for a discussion and video regarding sexual predators, how to identify signs of child sexual abuse, how to report suspected abuse and how to support and advocate for their children.
After lunch the boys, cheered on by their parents and siblings, engaged in 3 on 3 basketball tournaments followed by an Old School vs New School basketball game. The day ended with a drawing for door prizes. It was a successful event full of information and fun that was had by all.
The 2017 SYELP program has been modified this year in regard to structure of programming, available slots for youth and a priority service population. These changes come in light of the financial constraints put on the city of Hartford and the State of CT. Funding levels have dropped which reduces the numbers of slots by more than 50% this summer.
The priority population this summer will be Hartford residents whom are DCF involved or students entering 11th, 12th as well as graduating seniors with a 90% attendance rate. There will be a small percentage of youth outside of that catchment that can be served but those slots will be very competitive.
BHCA will have a mandatory SYELP Briefing in late June, after schools let out for the summer, to inform all families of the new process for applying. We will be sending out two forms of communication (email, letter and/or phone call) to inform all families of the location, date and time.
To prepare for this year’s SYELP we ask that the youth gather these pertinent documents prior to attending the SYELP summer Briefing in June:
- School transcript or report card
- Proof of school attendance
- Social Security Card
- Birth Certificate
- Photo ID (school or State ID)
- Proof of address (school correspondence, utility bill, medical document and/or state document)
Below please find the link to the online application to initiate the process. We look forward to working together to ensure that your young person completes the steps necessary to be eligible for the 2017 SYELP. Thank you again for your inquiry and interest in the 2017 SYELP.
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