FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2012
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HARTFORD—For young people, the Great Depression isn’t a history lesson—it’s a current event. While the overall unemployment rate hovered around 8 percent last summer, it stood at 17.3 percent for those between the ages of 16 and 24.
That's why the Connecticut Commission on Children and the Connecticut Workforce Development Council will hold a public forum on the issue next Tuesday, January 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 1-D of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.
We'll hear from panelists who not only understand the problem but have been working hard to implement solutions. Among them: John Twomey, CEO, New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals Inc.; Conny Doty, of the City of Boston's Office of Jobs and Community Services; Tom Phillips, President and CEO, Capital Workforce Partners; members of Congressman John Larson’s Youth Cabinet; and Connecticut lawmakers, agency heads, business leaders, and other experts.
For members of the public interested in attending, no reservations are required, but seating is limited.
About the Commission on Children: Created with bipartisan support in 1985 by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Commission on Children brings together the various levels of government, the private sector, nonprofit agencies, and philanthropy to promote public policies in the best interests of children. Its board members, who serve as volunteers, are appointed by legislative leaders of both parties. It has a staff of six. For more information, visit www.cga.ct.gov/coc.