An Overview of the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program

The Connecticut Youth Employment and Training Program offers more than a summer job. It’s an annual employment opportunity, where youth are trained in the skills that employers are seeking, including skills for health careers, worker safety, clerical, landscaping, human services, food preparation, and more. Offered through the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with EASTCONN, Norwich Human Services and New London Youth Affairs, the Connecticut Youth Employment program is for eligible youth, ages 14 to 24, who reside in eastern Connecticut. Participants are paid minimum wage to work approximately 80-100 hours during July and August, and some internships continue longer. Internships may be in person or remote, and include trainings in pre-employability skills, such as resume writing, goal setting, career interests and lifestyle budgeting, as well as getting connected with their local community.  The purpose of the program is to help youth obtain the skills needed for their career pathway.

WIOA In-School Youth Program: COOL (Careers of Our Lives) Directions: 

EASTCONN, in collaboration with New London Youth Affairs and Norwich Human Services, engage and prepare in-school youth from the Windham, Danielson, Norwich and New London area (aged 16-18, a high school junior or senior who meet the WIOA eligibility guidelines and have barriers to employment). The program provides: 

  • Academic Support, Career Assessment, and Transition Planning,
  • Career exploration and labor market information, Job placement/internship/
  • Job placement/internship/work-based learning opportunities,
  • Portfolios documenting all components of the COOL Directions Pipeline program,
  • Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurial Skills, Basic Skills in Reading and Math and Life Skills Training,
  • Youth Mentorship with a caring adult
  • Leadership, communication and team-building skill development.

An integral component of the COOL Directions program is the temporary paid internship experience. Participants will apply and be interviewed for individualized worksite internships that are related to the youth’s career ladder/pipeline interests, and foster growth in work readiness skill development.

For additional information about COOL Directions, please contact:

Cyndi Wells
Cyndi Wells
Youth Coordinator, Employment & Training

EASTCONN Youth Employment

EASTCONN administers the WIOA Youth Employment Program for the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board. EASTCONN subcontracts with Norwich Youth and Family Services and New London Youth Affairs for the delivery of program services in the Southeast Region.

The program serves youth in the following towns: Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Mansfield, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Sterling, Thompson, Union, Willington, Windham, Woodstock.

EASTCONN Community Learning Center at Tyler Square
1320 Main St, Suite #25, Willimantic, CT 06226 
Phone: 860-455-1572 Fax: 860-455-0691
Program Contact: Yamilez Perea-Gonzalez, 

EASTCONN Northeast Learning Center in Danielson: 
562 Westcott Road, Danielson, CT 06239
Phone: 860-779-3770 Fax: 860-779-3384
Program Contact: Connie Sipos, 

Norwich Youth and Family Services

The program serves youth in the following towns: Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Griswold, Jewett City, Lisbon, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Sprague, Voluntown.

Norwich Youth and Family Services 80 Broadway Norwich, Connecticut 06360 
Phone: 860-823-3783 Fax: 860-823-3793

Program Contact: Kate Milde 

For more information - New London Youth Affairs

The program serves youth in the following towns: East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Mystic, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington, Waterford.

New London Youth Affairs 111 Union St, New London, Connecticut 06320 
Phone: 860-440-6653 or 860-442-4994 Fax: 860-443-1795

Program Contact: Cindy Alvarez, 

Jobs, Education and Training (JET)

Get a JET Start On Your Future!

J.E.T. (Jobs, Education and Training) is a free program for 17 to 24 year-olds who want to start their career path. J.E.T. students work with a career advisor, job developer and teacher on high school completion, job training, work readiness skills and/or a job search. Eligible students are supported with financial assistance for child care, transportation, driver's education and other support services.

JET Program Interest Form

Program partners include EASTCONN, Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, New London Adult Education, Norwich Adult Education and Thames Valley Council for Community Action. 

  • Career Exploration: Take part in paid internships, on-the-job training, job shadows, job search and post-secondary trainings.
  • Work Readiness: Gain skills in resume writing, dressing for success, interview techniques, basic computer literacy, and more.
  • Education and Training: Obtain a free high school diploma or GED. Flexible scheduling and part-time attendance are offered. Post-secondary education or occupational skills training is available, pending funding. Financial assistance and transportation is available for eligible participants.
  • Training Certificates: Earn a nationally recognized credential in Customer Service.

JET Flyer

For more information, eligibility requirements, or to register for JET, contact:

Cindy Chester
Lead Career Advisor