July 9, 2012

Walmart gives $500K to Hartford for summer jobs

Retail giant Walmart has chosen Hartford and six other U.S. cities to receive funding to put youths in summer jobs, authorities say.

The Walmart Foundation grant provided Hartford's Capital Workforce Partners with $500,000 for additional funding for low-income youth to participate in their summer youth employment program.

Brandeis University, of Waltham, Mass., is administering the program nationwide.

The grant enabled an additional 312 young people, ages 14 to 18, to participate in the summer program in Hartford. These kids will work at nonprofit organizations, such as the YMCA and Girl Scouts of Connecticut, mentoring the youth through team-building exercises in the community.

The grant comes from a call-to-action issued by President Barack Obama for the private and public sectors to join in addressing the record unemployment among the youth.

"We are fortunate that Walmart and Brandeis have made an investment in Hartford," said Sandra Rodriguez, spokeswoman for Capital Workforce Partners. "These funds are enabling us to build our future workforce and give opportunities to those who will eventually lead the city's companies."

The other cities are: New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles.

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