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Newman’s Own Foundation Provides $1.4 Million for Hartford Youth Services Corps

June 27, 2016


Hartford Youth Creating Safe Streets, Strong Neighborhoods

Westport, CT  – Newman’s Own Foundation has committed $1.4 million over 4 years to the Hartford Youth Services Corps Program to help create jobs for youths and improve the community. The program was announced June 23, 2016 in Hartford by Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
The program is aimed at combatting the city’s youth unemployment crisis by providing part-time, year-long employment to city youths, ages 16 to 24 who are out of school and out of work. They will work at strengthening neighborhoods. 
"Supporting Hartford's Youth Service Corps is a natural extension of the Newman’s Own Foundation commitment to empower people and communities. Through our grant making, we continue Paul Newman’s legacy of giving and creating opportunities, said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “Youth Service Corps is a very special way to engage city youth in employment, while at the same time provide experiences and support for their continued development as productive and contributing members of society. We are pleased to be a part of this special public/private partnership and are hopeful that its success will also be a model for other cities nationally."
Newman’s Own Foundation was a lead funder for the program, which now has five other funders. This program fits into Newman’s Own Foundation’s primary focus area of Empowerment. The other focus areas are: Children with Life-Limiting Conditions, Nutrition, and Encouraging Philanthropy.
The program will begin in July, and 200 youths will be employed as Youth Service Corps Members. They will engage in community service-based projects designed to visibly impact Hartford neighborhoods. Projects will address unmet needs in the city, such as blight remediation, home repair, and environmental stewardship.  
This program will be led by the City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation. Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) will serve as the implementation partner, providing full-time staff to develop and implement projects and manage Youth Service Corps member teams.