DCF Work to Learn Center

The Work to Learn Center, funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), is part of an innovative, youth-driven work-to-learn model designed to help young people achieve success. This program provides educational, vocational, employment, financial literacy, life skills, personal and community connections, and other support services. The Work to Learn center helps young people in their successful transition into adulthood. Participants can get employment and internship experience, receive assistance with filling out college or vocational school applications, enroll in professional training programs, and are supported in the completion of their high school diplomas or GEDs. The center manages youth-run businesses that offer a variety of training opportunities. Stipends are available for youth who participate in youth businesses. In addition, Marrakech assists each participating youth by establishing an Individual Development Account (IDA).

Eligibility: Individuals interested in services must be between the ages sixteen and twenty-one years old, have transportation to the center or be able to participate remotely, and be able to function independently in the community and within peer groups at the Center with minimal supervision. Referrals must be initiated by the DCF Social Worker and then issued to Marrakech from DCF’s Central Office.

Related Websites:

Department of Children and Families
CT Voices for Children
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families

DCF Work to Learn Center Contact Information:

Tylisha Stallings
Coordinator of Work to Learn Programs
Phone: (203) 389-2970, ext. 1506

Ronda Martin
Director of Work to Learn Programs
Phone: (203) 389-2970, ext. 1323

Lauren Pace
Vice President of Behavioral Health and Career Development
Phone: (203) 389-2970, ext. 1329

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