The Hartford Youth Service Corps (HYSC) was created in 2016 to reengage at-risk or disconnected youth through paid service-learning and academic and workforce development support to help them get back in school or on the path to employment.
In collaboration with the City of Hartford as well as state and local community partners, HYSC works to reengage young women and men in their education and employment through integrating service-learning projects and wrap-around supports, targeting youth ages 16 to 24. The work supports the Hartford Foundation’s strategic commitments to enhancing student progress and community safety.
The Hartford Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to Our Piece of the Pie (OPP), the nonprofit which administers the HYSC, in support of the program. The funding from the Foundation allows OPP to expand services to increase the number of youth served to at least 250, with the prospect of reengaging up to 275 youth at various stages in pursuing their educational, workforce development, and employment goals.