Blue Hills Civic Association

55 Years: Building Hartford through Community Action

The Blue Hills Civic Association founded in 1962, is a non-profit, community based organization whose purpose is to build a strong, caring Blue Hills community, to enhance the quality of life of both our neighborhood residents and those beyond and in so doing, to improve the city of Hartford.

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Outreach Services

The Blue Hills Civic Association 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 a say in the decision-making process of local government.
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Youth Development

The Blue Hills Employment and Skills Training (BHEST) is a comprehensive youth development program designed to work with older youth between the ages of 17-21 years of old.
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Seniors Services

The Senior Centers are managed by the city and community based agencies and offer services Monday-Friday that include, but are not limited to evenings and weekends as needed.
  • - Chince Wilson
    BHCA helped me become a better person. It helped me become more open...especially with my family
    - Chince Wilson
  • - Clarrisa Gadson
    The BHEST program surrounded me with people that cared about my future.
    - Clarrisa Gadson
  • - Jemuel East
    Without Blue Hills Civic in my life none of my success would have been possible
    - Jemuel East

2017 Summer Youth Employment

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYELP), funded by
Capital Workforce Partners, is our premier youth development program.

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)
  • Resume
  • 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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