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Our Piece of the Pie (OPP)

Grants Awarded

Unrestricted Funding

Funding Type Unrestricted
Funding Total $285,000
Impact Area Justice and Community Wellness
Years Funded 2017-2022

This funding provides general support for Our Piece of the Pie (OPP). OPP’s mission is to empower youth with the key competencies needed to overcome barriers and succeed in education and employment. Focusing on youth ages 14 to 24, OPP is one of the Connecticut’s largest and most effective agencies working with older adolescents and young adults with the biggest barriers to education and employment success. OPP also serves youth and young adults in eight Connecticut prisons to help them reenter back into their communities. This funding will provide general operating support to OPP, including in their work to amplify youth voice through employment, their youth leadership groups and in the creation of an OPP Alumni Group.

Advocacy: Opening Opportunities for Justice-Involved Youth

Funding Type Restricted
Funding Total $100,000
Impact Area Justice and Community Wellness
Years Funded 2016-2017

To support advocacy efforts with public policymakers and private partners to advance education and employment opportunities for high risk youth ages 14 to 24, many of whom have been out of or are failing in school or involved in community violence or the justice system. OPP is developing a field guide and curriculum for serving justice-involved youth that it will share with other service providers.  The agency serves 1,600 youths annually through its three high schools for over-age and under-credited students and its nationally recognized Pathways to Success program designed to help young people achieve their education, employment and life goals.

OPP in Communities

Funding Type Restricted
Funding Total $380,000
Impact Area Justice and Community Wellness
Years Funded 2008-2016

To provide academic, job-readiness and other support services for high risk youth ages 14 to 24, many of whom have been out of school or involved in community violence or juvenile justice. Youth development specialists help young people create an individualized plan to achieve their goals to complete high school, go on to college or trade school, graduate from a two- or four-year college, receive a vocational certification and/or secure and retain a job. Youth also participate in OPP’s businesses, which include boat-building, graphic design, fine arts, and technology.