The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYELP), funded by Capital Workforce Partners, is our premier youth development program. It is not just another summer employment program. Using life-changing experiences, we provide opportunities for youth participants to increase competencies in the areas of: job readiness, customer service, basic skills, interpersonal communication, computer literacy, personal qualities, problem solving and decision making, and financial literacy. This is accomplished through meaningful work experiences, learning projects, and classroom trainings. We operated Tier I, II, and III programs this summer for a targeted group of 400 youth.

Health and nutrition was a recurring theme for our Tier I and one of our Tier II programs. The other three Tier II groups focused on civic responsibility, business and ecology. Our Tier I staff consisted of four Instructors: Karen Penn, Robert Fleeting, Robert Harris and Tanya Fleeting. Their Assistants were: Kimone Barton, Shanakaye Edwards, Shanique Manning and Nikkia Jones; all college students who were former SYELP students.

Our Tier II staff were:Gabe Boyd and SaShauna Stewart (Supervisors and Lead Coordinators) and Coordinators: Anthony Pearl, Mary Pelletier, and Rufus Wells; their Assistants were: Rachel Clark, Jenelle Dunstan, Mahogany Foster, Gerina Fullwood, and Shaneca Napier.

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the BHCA support staff: Reneesha Thompson (payroll), Ajia Wells (Tier II support), Shonta Browdy (Tier III support) and Silvia Noriega (Office Manager). We continue by thanking our Tier III staff for a job well done: Saundra Duncan, Warren Hardy, Dean Jones, Yvette Moore and John Waterman.

Additionally, we thank Maurice Robertson who volunteered to work with some of our Tier III students on a beautification project. Our since appreciation is extended to our employer/partners and to our “silent” partners, the parents, who supported our efforts.

Last, but certainly not least, is our acknowledgement of Capital Workforce Partners for their support, assistance and involvement, as well as the City of Hartford and many of our other supporters – Thank You!

Student Reflections